Agriculture

American Crystal Ends Red River Valley Sugar Beet Harvest

The co-op has five processing plants in the Red River Valley.

MOORHEAD, Minn.–American Crystal Sugar has already ended its fall sugar beet harvest in the Red River Valley. The Moorhead-based cooperative ended its harvest on Saturday. American Crystal has not released the number of acres that were not harvested. The co-op has five processing plants in the Red River Valley. Melting water from an early snow last month has aggravated flooding…

USDA Approves North Dakota Disaster Designation

USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue approved disaster relief for 47 counties in North Dakota.

ARGUSVILLE, N.D. — USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue approved disaster relief for 47 counties in North Dakota. USDA Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation Bill Northey joined both of North Dakota’s Senators and Governor Burgum to talk with local producers in Argusville. “You don’t need to drive too far from the scene to see wheat fields still out in the…

Collin Peterson Hosts Town Hall In Moorhead

The questions ranged from topics like crop insurance, yield prices and the USMCA

MOORHEAD, Minn. — The USDA Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation next stopped in Moorhead to meet with growers. Minnesota Congressman Collin Peterson hosted a town hall meeting. The questions ranged from topics like crop insurance, yield prices and the USMCA. The purpose of the town hall was to encourage farmers to voice their concerns and for their representatives…

Federal Help Approved for North Dakota Farmers, Ranchers

Gov. Doug Burgum requested the help last week.

BISMARCK, N.D.–North Dakota will receive federal help for farmers and ranchers who struggled with an early blizzard and wet harvest conditions. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the secretarial disaster designation on Friday. Gov. Doug Burgum requested the help last week to help make federal loans available to farmers and ranchers. To qualify for a secretarial designation, a county…

Local Wholesaler Struggles Under Rough Weather

Not expecting early snow and heavy rain, Bjorn Solberg bought Hugh's Gardens this past spring

HALSTAD, Minn. — As a young entrepreneur, Bjorn Solberg was full of hope as he purchased his first business. “I wouldn’t have bought this business if I didn’t see a potential opportunity for growth right away,” Solberg says. He bought Hugh’s Gardens in Halstad, a decades–old organic produce supplier and storage plant, this past spring. “Kind of right at the…

Gov. Walz declares emergency for conditions from snowstorm

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz issues an executive order declaring an emergency to ease the strain on farmers in western Minnesota after a snowstorm hampered the harvest. It also lifts regulations on drivers carrying propane and liquid fuels. Farmers have wet conditions and damaged crops. The winter weather also slowed the processing and transportation of grain and…

LIVE: Scary Creatures

Learn facts about these awful animals that take them from frightening to fun.

They’re some of Halloween’s most dreaded characters. Snakes, spiders, even menacing birds of prey that hover above our heads like a Hitchcockian nightmare come to life. The Halloween holiday is full of them. But this year, the Red River Zoo wants you to get to know its scariest critters a little better, and make friends with the frightening. Even zoo…

North Dakota Farmers Union Calls for Acceleration of MFP Payments

The NDFU President Mark Watne says farm families need the payments now.

JAMESTOWN, N.D.–The North Dakota Farmers Union called for acceleration of Market Facilitation Program payments to farmers impacted by the trade war with China on Wednesday. In August, farmers who enrolled in MFP received 50 percent of a calculated payment for crops covered under Title 1 of the Farm Bill. The USDA has said a second payment of 25 percent would…