Agriculture

Sen. Hoeven Hosts Roundtable Discussion Around Market Facilitation Program Payments

The USDA is Providing Assistance to Eligible Farmers Impacted by Tariffs

FARGO, N.D. — With tariffs, trade negotiations and low commodity prices, farmers are still struggling. The USDA is providing eligible farmers nationwide with $14.5 billion in Market Facilitation Program payments. But North Dakota producers have a unique set of challenges. “Certainly some crop diversity that we don’t see everywhere across the country. Weather challenges, obviously, too that compound the situation that…

Austrian Boy Granted Wish to See South Dakota Farm

BALTIC, S.D – A boy from Austria had one wish. He wanted to see what life was like on a farm. The Make-A-Wish International foundation gave him some options and his choice brought him all the way to Baltic. Matthias Hasibar is a 14-year-old who is passionate about farms. So much so, that he often spends his days learning about them….

Interest in Hemp Production Growing in North Dakota

CBD is cropping up in grocery stores, health food stores and even gas stations.

BISMARCK, N.D. – Interest in hemp production is growing in North Dakota. State officials say they’re seeing the most interest in growing hemp for cannabidiol. CBD is derived from the hemp plant, but unlike its cousin cannabis, it lacks potency. Now CBD, which many say has healing properties, is cropping up in grocery stores, health food stores and even gas…

Plane Makes Emergency Landing In Field Near Wolverton

Wilkin County Sheriff's Office says the plane's engine seized about 1.5 miles east of town

WOLVERTON, Minn. — An agriculture plane makes an emergency landing in a field east of Wolverton. Wilkin County Sheriff’s Office received a call that the plane’s engine had seized and it went down about a mile and a half from the town. The pilot from Colfax, North Dakota was not injured and the plane had minimal damage. However, several gallons…

Man Identified in Fatal Tractor Rollover Near Portland

North Dakota Highway Patrol says the victim is 77-year Alton Anderson.

PORTLAND, N.D. — Authorities identify the man who died Friday evening after rolling his tractor near Portland, North Dakota. North Dakota Highway Patrol says the victim is 77-year Alton Anderson. Anderson was cutting grass in the ditch on 148th Avenue Northeast. Deputies say he went to turn to avoid a culvert at the bottom of the ditch. The front right…

UPDATE: Firefighters Spend 16 Hours Putting Out Grain Elevator Fire at West Fargo’s Busch Agricultural Resources

there's no word on if anyone was injured or what caused the blaze

WEST FARGO, N.D. — Firefighters are still battling a grain elevator fire that started at 4:00 this morning in West Fargo. The fire is at Busch Agricultural Resources on Main Avenue. There’s no word yet on what caused the blaze. Flames consumed the northern portion of the roof as firefighters used a ladder truck to fight them. Firefighters extinguished the…

More Women Become Landowners, Meet to Discuss Conservation Efforts

A GROUP OF WOMEN WANTS PEOPLE TO KNOW CONSERVATION IS A JOB FOR EVERYBODY

AYR, N.D. — As more women from different backgrounds become landowners, it’s clear there’s not a lot of spaces for them to meet and share their knowledge about land maintenance. Today’s session was hosted by Pheasants Forever at Cottonwood Cider House orchard to help participants develop their voices and conservation efforts. “I think women are just naturally more attuned as…

USDA Stops Funding for Annual Honey Bee Colonies Report

The report gives researchers baseline data on health trends

FARGO, N.D. –The USDA has stopped funding for its annual Honey Bee Colonies report, a move that a local expert says is concerning. The report gives researchers baseline data on health trends in the honeybee population. That is important because bees help pollinate a third of the crops we eat. “We do have reason to be concerned for this because…

Red River Valley Fair Shines Spotlight on Livestock

the fair will have poultry starting Wednesday

FARGO, N.D. — It’s all about who’s got the best of the best at the Red River Valley Fair. And no, we’re not talking about the food or the rides. No matter the family, you can always expect a tradition  to arise. “My dad showed at the state fair back in 1972 in bell bottom pants. Then I showed, my…