Agriculture

West Acres Farmers Market opens up for the season

The Markets will be open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am- 5pm, and Saturday from 9am- 3pm.

FARGO, N.D. – The Market at West Acres is open again this season and operators hope COVID-19 doesn’t lower their chances to see many returning faces. Only Bill Erbes Farm was at the market on Tuesday, but in the coming days many more vendors are looking to take up shop at West Acres. The proceeds from The Market go to…

Great Plains Food Bank Working With USDA To Use Farm Overstock To Help Families In Need

The food bank is making daily stops in areas like Minot, Dickenson and Bismarck.

MOORHEAD, Minn. — At the Probstfield Center For Education In Moorhead hundreds of boxes are being loaded up into cars. The Great Plains Food Bank is teaming up with the U.S Agriculture Department’s Family Food Box Program. The program partners with local farmers to buy their overstock produce not sold because of COVID-19 and then package and redistribute it. “Like…

LIVE: Great Plains Food Bank

A double-pronged problem with keeping families fed in the coronavirus pandemic.

The Great Plains Food Bank is being hit with a double whammy this morning. At a time when demand is up a lot for their food supplies, volunteers and donations are down. The number of families seeking relief from hunger has gone up from needs brought on by the economic crisis of the coronavirus pandemic. Food bank officials estimate demand…

Rep. Peterson working with Ag Secretary to help hog farmers struggling with plant closures

WORTHINGTON, Minn. – House Agriculture Committee Chairman Congressman Collin Peterson discusses the struggles pig farmers are going through during the pandemic He says 160,000 hogs are being euthanized across the country every day because of plant closures. Department of Agriculture tells Peterson it’s having trouble dealing with the backlog of hogs. That includes a shortage of trucks to bring them…

Federal Aid Coming For Farmers Struggling Amid Coronavirus

The relief program will use funding from the CARES act

UNITED STATES – USDA announcing the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program to support farmers and ranchers during the COVID-19 pandemic. North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven met with local producers to take questions on the support program as well as listen to their input on how it should be distributed. The program will provide $16 billion in direct payments to farmers, ranchers…

Millennial Farmer discusses farm industry amid the coronavirus

MINNESOTA – The Millennial Farmer shares his concerns about the farm economy amid the coronavirus pandemic. Zach Johnson farms in west central Minnesota and shows what life on the farm is like on his YouTube channel. He says he’s lucky to have a job that doesn’t require him to have a brick and mortar business and be near people. However,…

Coronavirus relief coming for farmers Rep. Peterson says

WASHINGTON – Callers in Minnesota Congressman Collin Peterson’s telephone town hall are worried farmers aren’t getting enough Coronavirus relief. The Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program offers loans to keep companies afloat. However, it’s only available to businesses with employees. Congressman Peterson says the House is looking to pass a bill Friday with a provision from the SBA to make…

North Dakota FFA Awards $21,000 to Support Students Across State

Left to right: Mikayla Wolfe (Tioga), Anna Stoppleworth (Kindred), Ethan Schaffner (Napoleon), Trenton Erbele (Napoleon) and Ben Van Berkom (Des Lacs-Burlington).BISMARCK, N.D.–The North Dakota FFA Foundation has awarded $21,000 to high school students across the state to aid in their agricultural business or projects. A total of 21 students received a $1,000 grant through the Bakk Farm Supervised Agricultural Experience…

Farmers And Ranchers Are Getting Help Through Bill Passed By Senate

The House will vote on the bill on Friday. President Trump has said he will sign it.

NORTH DAKOTA – The bill provides $14 billion to reimburse the Commodity Credit Corporation which has been used to fund the Market Facilitation Program. It also provides $9.5 billion to support livestock, dairy and specialty crops that are being impacted due to COVID-19. North Dakota Farmers Union says it’s a step towards the right direction, but it’s hard to predict…

People Ride In For Final Day Of North Dakota Winter Show

This Is The 83rd Time The Winter Show Has Happened.

VALLEY CITY, N.D. — The last day of the year began with a bang of the Battle of the Border High School Rodeo, as the top horse riders from Minnesota and North Dakota faced off to see who’s the best in a friendly competition. “I was first interested when I was really little and my parents started me with horses…