Agriculture

Rep. Collin Peterson Celebrates Beginning of USMCA

Peterson warns that farmers need to make sure that trading partners are not using COVID-19 as an excuse to put up barriers between each other.

UNITED STATES – Congressman Collin Peterson joins Senators, Congressmen and agriculture leaders to discuss the importance of the USMCA as it goes into effect on July 1st. Under the new agreement, dairy farmers can expect to see increased trade with Canada and no tariffs on agricultural products traded with Mexico. The agricultural biotechnology industry will also be seeing increased information…

LIVE: Bee Hunt with Longspur Prairie Fund

Bee excited! The sixth annual Bee Hunt is coming up and it's bigger than ever!

It’s National Pollinator Week, and it ‘s going to be a “bee-autiful” weekend in the region –perfect for going on a bee hunt. But in this hunt, you shoot with a camera. The sixth annual Bee Hunt with the Longspur Prairie Fund is happening Saturday in Ulen, Minnesota. Activists with the LPF say the bee hunt draws bigger and bigger…

$14 Billion in Additional Aid Secured for Agriculture Industry

UNITED STATES – The farming industry is getting some much needed relief through new funds being made available through the Commodity Credit Corporation. An additional $14 billionĀ  will be made available to farmers, producers, and ranchers. That is in addition to the $16 billion that was secured for farmer aid from the CARES act. The USDA is hoping to start…

Ag Leaders Discuss Devastating Impact Coronavirus Has on Commodity Prices

Since the outbreak began, the price of wheat has fallen three percent, corn 15 percent, soybeans 10 percent and ethanol 38 percent.

FARGO, N.D. – Leaders in the agriculture industry are discussing the massive impact the coronavirus has on commodity prices. Since the outbreak began, the price of wheat has fallen three percent, corn 15 percent, soybeans 10 percent and ethanol 38 percent. House Agriculture Committee Chairman Congressman Collin Peterson says that the economic impact on ethanol is massive and he is…

LIVE: Get Your Garden On

Because right now our neighborhoods look more like they're growing blankets than food and flowers.

Gardens are big right now — or at least, a lot of people want them to be. Unfortunately, if you just couldn’t wait and went ahead with planting out, you might have a yard right now that looks a little more like you’re growing blankets than tomatoes and petunias. Our late-season frost struck hard at the hearts of seasoned gardeners…

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…