Agriculture

Dem-NPL Party on what a Biden-Harris administration means for rural communities

Although more Americans nationwide voted for Joe Biden to be the next president, that wasn't the case in North Dakota

FARGO, N.D. — As general election results rolled in, the night of November 3rd was a tough one for democrats in North Dakota. “It was not because we didn’t have good candidates or the right strategy. We’re just — we’re in a state that is increasingly conservative and that supported Trump by a large margin,” says Democratic-NPL Party Chairwoman Kylie…

Minnesota agriculture industry may feel blows of Peterson loss

Rep. Collin Peterson was the U.S. House Representative from Minnesota's 7th Congressional District for the last 30 years. He lost the 2020 election to Republican Michelle Fischbach.

MINNESOTA — It may have been one of the bigger upsets in this years U.S. House race. Fifteen-term incumbent Collin Peterson lost the race for U.S. Representative in Minnesota’s 7th Congressional District to Republican Michelle Fischbach. In a mainly rural district dominated by agriculture, the loss was felt heavily by farmers. “He knew agriculture arguably better than any representative in…

Social Distancing: Apple Picking

Pick your favorite technique and tell us about it.

It suddenly seemed like winter set in all across the region when most of us stepped foot outside this morning. Fortunately — my family got a little more fall fun in recently, social distancing style. We spent the weekend apple picking at my father-in-law’s. He has a tree that gives some of the tastiest pie apples I’ve ever had. They’re…

Intermodal Train Service To Begin Next Week In North Dakota

Gov. Doug Burgum calls it a "game-changer"

MINOT, N.D. — Intermodal rail service is coming to North Dakota and Gov. Doug Burgum calls it a “game-changer”. He says next week, Minot will receive an intermodal unit train at a newly operational facility serviced by BNSF. Intermodal uses two modes of freight, such as truck and rail. The service will allow for the movement of international containers so…

LIVE: Ghost Tours

We're live with the museum's organizers, not the ghosts. (We think.)

Ghosts are supposed to scare you away. But at one of the region’s most haunted sites, ghosts have visitors flocking there in droves, instead. Bonanzaville’s “Ghost Tours” sold out Wednesday morning. And that’s after museum officials offered a run of tours through September as well,  earlier than they usually start their season. Public interest ramped up when October hit, and…

LIVE: Make Yourself Count(ed) at the 2020 Census and Native Vote Initiative

A five-minute time investment that could pay off big.

The 2020 Census is one of our last chances to make sure programs we rely on in North Dakota and Minnesota get enough funding. Everything from roads to schools gets money from the federal government to help keep them running. So if our numbers are under-counted, we all wind up losing out in the long run. And it might surprise…

Dispute Over USDA Relief Payments Between North & South

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A nonpartisan report from the US Government Accountability Office reveals that Southern states have been receiving more in payouts from the USDA Market Facilitation Program than other regions. Farmers in states like Minnesota and North Dakota received on average between $29,000 and $36,000 in payouts from the program. In states like Georgia and Arizona, those payouts ranged…

Big Iron Farm Show Panel Looks Ahead To Agriculture Post-COVID 19

The 40th Annual Big Iron Wraps up Thursday Afternoon

FARGO, N.D. — At the Big Iron Farm Show today, farmers from all over the valley came to talk about what farming this year has in store for them. The farm show is putting safety measures in place such as: hand sanitizer stations, hand washing stations, exhibitor booths spaced further apart, and the food court will be re-located to different…

Ag Commissioners Discuss State of the Industry

Big Iron Farm Show returns to West Fargo for its 40th year

WEST FARGO, N.D. — The picture painted by North Dakota and Minnesota’s Ag Commissioners at the Big Iron Farm Show for the remainder of 2020 and the future of 2021 is not a pretty one. “When you see almost a couple of thousand dairy farms go out of business, it’s a big deal,” said North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring….