Agriculture

USDA to Temporarily Reopen FSA Offices during Government Shutdown

Offices across the country will be open Thursday, Friday, and the following Tuesday

FARGO, N.D. — For some producers, financial support from the Farm Service Agency (FSA) is essential towards keeping their farms afloat. “They need those funds if they’re going to farm this next year and if you’re delaying processing of loans all the way into May or June or July, creditors are sitting on the sidelines maybe not wanting to take a…

Film at the Fargo Theatre Serves an Appetizer for the Northern Plains Food and Farming Conference

Chef Dan Barber is in the film and will also be the keynote speaker at this year's conference

FARGO, N.D. — In preparation for the Northern Plains Food and Farming Conference, a movie starring a special chef is shown at the Fargo Theatre. The Northern Plains Sustainable Agriculture Society invited people to a free showing of “Wasted! The Story of Food Waste”. Chef Dan Barber is in the film and will also be the keynote speaker at this…

Sunflower Growers Have Reasons to Be Optimistic in 2019

Growers discussed marketing strategies at annual conference

FARGO, N.D. — Sunflower growers are discussing ways to make their crop more appealing to consumers across the country. At the 41st annual National Sunflower Research Forum, growers and producers spoke about how sunflowers could be more lucrative this year. Clark Coleman, the President of the National Sunflower Association, said recent tariffs had more of an impact on soybeans, but the…

Looking Back on 2018; The Biggest Stories in the Red River Valley

2018 was a year filled with celebrations, sorrow, hope and tragedy in the metro

FARGO, N.D. — 2018 was a year filled with celebrations, sorrow, hope and tragedy in the Red River Valley. KVRR’s Jessie Cohen takes us back to the beginning and walks us through this last year. It all started back in January…a bright new start for a location that once took the life of a young Fargo Police officer. A new…

Case IH Looking to Hire Local Workers to Fill Open Factory Jobs

The effort comes in response to the workforce shortage in the state

FARGO, N.D. — Across the state, several manufacturing companies are struggling to fill open positions. “When you talk about manufacturing and production, there’s a shortage of skilled workers, so if you got some experience and some skills in that area, you’re in demand and they’d like to hire you,” said Carey Fry, the Workforce Center Manager at the Fargo location for…

American Crystal Sugar, RRV Grower’s Association Meeting Provides Sugarbeet Industry Update

The sugar company wasn't able to harvest 2,200 of its 390,000

  FARGO, N.D. — More than 1,200 sugarbeet experts gather at the American Crystal Sugar and Red River Valley Sugarbeet Grower’s joint annual meeting. The weather hasn’t been much of a friend to farmers this year, which has ultimately impacted American Crystal Sugar. The company wasn’t able to harvest 2,200 of its 390,000 acres. “It’s painful for those who had to…

Sen. Klobuchar Says Farm Bill Adds New Provisions for Issues Farmers are Facing

WASHINGTON – Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar says it’s important to get a farm bill done because the difficult time farmers are going through. The Democrat believes farmers are facing a lot because of tariffs, volatility in the dairy market and low commodity prices. Klobuchar says the new farm bill, which has been agreed to in principal between House and Senate leaders,…

Former Ashby Elevator Operator Charged With Mail Fraud

Fifty-six-year-old Jerry Hennessey of Dalton, Minn. voluntarily surrendered and appeared in U.S. District Court.

MINNEAPOLIS (KFGO) – Federal prosecutors have charged the former manager of the Ashby, Minn. Farmers Elevator with mail fraud. Fifty-six-year-old Jerry Hennessey of Dalton, Minn. voluntarily surrendered and appeared in U.S. District Court. Court documents say more than $1 million in payments were made to Hennessey’s personal Cabela’s credit card, plus hundreds of thousands of dollars for various hunting trips,…

Farmers Check Out Latest in Technology at Northern Ag Expo

The annual exposition is held in the FargoDome each year

FARGO, N.D. — People learned about the latest advances in agriculture at the Northern Ag Expo in Fargo. Farmers and ag dealers could see the latest technology in machinery and seeding at the FargoDome. They are also hearing from companies on their new projects. Several of the farmers attending the expo have been dealing with tariffs and other economic restrictions over…

Local Conference is Cultivating Relationship Between Agriculture and Technology

More than 20 speakers touched on things like innovative farm equipment and how technology impacts each industry of agriculture

Emerging Prairie brings farmers, agtech company founders, software developers and many more to their second annual Cultivate Conference. It focuses on the relationship between agriculture and technology. More than 20 speakers touched on things like innovative farm equipment and how technology impacts each industry of agriculture. Emerging Prairie provides this platform for entrepreneurs and farmers to work with one another…