Agriculture

VP Mike Pence Coming To Glyndon, MN Thursday

GLYNDON, Minn. – (AP) White House officials say Vice President Mike Pence plans to visit Minnesota to talk with farmers and steelworkers about the status of a trade deal with Mexico and Canada. Pence is scheduled to begin his day Thursday at R & J Johnson Farms in Glyndon. Officials say he will tour the facility and talk to producers…

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue Meets With North Dakota Leaders, Farmers

Topics like trade and the Farm Bill were discussed

HARWOOD, N.D. — U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue joins North Dakota leaders to hear from farmers. With trade issues and harsh weather hitting farmers, it’s been a challenging year for North Dakota producers. “It’s tough here in North Dakota, it’s tough across the U.S. I hear the answer is trade, trade, trade. We’re blessed to be in a country where…

Agriculture Secretary Joins North Dakota Leaders for Unveiling of Grand Farm

Grand Farm aims to be the world's first completely autonomous farm

SOUTHEAST OF ST. BENEDICT, N.D. — U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue  joined North Dakota leaders for the ribbon–cutting of Grand Farm, a project led by entrepreneurial group Emerging Prairie. Grand Farm aims to be the world’s first completely autonomous farm. Developers want it to demonstrate the next generation of precision agriculture, which uses data and technology to aim for better…

Funding Available For Cover Crops On Damaged Farmland

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – The federal Natural Resources Conservation Service is providing money to plant cover crops on damaged farmland. The aid is aimed at recovery work on cropland directly affected by the severe weather in March. The highest priority cropland includes land that can’t be planted with a cash crop and/or can’t be harvested this year. Experts say cover crops…

2018 Farm Numbers in the Dakotas Drop From Previous Year

The number of U.S. farms dropped 12,800 from 2017, to slightly more than 2 million.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) _ Farms continue to disappear off the Dakotas landscape, especially smaller ones. The federal Agriculture Department reports that total farm numbers in 2018 dropped by 300 in North Dakota and by 400 in South Dakota. North Dakota had 26,100 farms and South Dakota 29,600. That mirrored the national trend. The number of U.S. farms dropped 12,800 from…

Agriculture Sec. Sonny Perdue Coming to ND Later This Month

NORTH DAKOTA – A release from North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven’s Office says Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue is coming to the Red River Valley Saturday, April 27th to talk with farmers about implementing the farm bill. He will also outline the need for prompt resolution trade negotiations and additional commodity purchases. Hoeven, who’s Chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, will…

Brutal Weather and Coming Storm Leaves Farmers With Uncertainty

In a region with lots of high and low land, there are more wet areas that usual

LISBON, N.D. — Farmers are feeling the weight of Mother Nature. “We’re not doing too bad now, things are drying up nice, it’s looking a lot better, but when you’re talking another 12 inches of snow, and what that’s going to do, it’s already wet and late to start out with,” Matthew Lyons, a farmer in Lisbon, said. He says…

LIVE: Make Your Own Rain Barrel

It couldn't come at a better time.

  We’re looking down the barrel of a long, rainy weekend to come with more precipitation expected over the next week. But hey, that’s early April in the upper Midwest for you. And that’s why these new workshops from River Keepers couldn’t come at a better time. They’re teaming up with the Clay County Water and Soil Conservation District to…

57th Annual International Sugar Beet Institute Displays the Latest in Harvesting Technology

FARGO, N.D. — Sugar beet growers and companies are getting the chance to interact with each other and show off the latest in harvesting equipment. The 57th annual International Sugar Beet Institute is displaying new equipment from both local and national agriculture companies. This institute is the largest exhibit of sugar beet equipment in the country. Growers say this new…