Agriculture

Sen. Heitkamp on DeVos: A D- Applicant with a Big Checkbook

Senator Heitkamp is urging other politicians to vote 'no' on Betsy DeVos

  U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp urged other politicians in Washington D.C. to vote ‘no’ for Betsy DeVos leading the U.S. Education Department. Heitkamp says getting quality education to the rural parts of North Dakota is one of the state’s main challenges. She says through technology and good instructors, the state is solving the issue. But Heitkamp thinks DeVos would make…

Senator John Hoeven Meets with President Trump’s Ag Secretary Pick

Senator Hoeven and Governor Perdue have worked together for many years on issues in the Ag industry

Senator Hoeven has spent some time with President Trump’s Ag Secretary nominee. Hoeven and Sonny Perdue, the former governor of Georgia, talked about the importance of building a coalition to pass a new farm bill. He says they also talked about maintaining strong crop insurance options for farmers and ranchers. Hoeven is a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee and…

President Trump Signs Executive Order Reviving Pipeline

President Donald Trump has signed executive actions to advance the construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines.

WASHINGTON (AP) _ President Donald Trump has signed executive actions to advance the construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines. Trump tells reporters in the Oval Office that the construction of the pipelines will be subject to the terms and conditions being renegotiated by the U.S. Former President Barack Obama killed the proposed Keystone XL pipeline in…

Chronic Wasting Disease Found in Deer in North Dakota

The Game and Fish Department says nine of the deer found in the southwestern part of the state have tested positive for CWD

  Two deer taken from southwestern North Dakota have tested positive for chronic wasting disease. The state Game and Fish Department says the mule deer doe and mule deer buck were taken during the 2016 gun season. Since 2009, a total of nine deer from that part of the state have tested positive for CWD. After last fall’s hunt, more…

Illegal Use of Poison Puts Hundreds of Bison Under Quarantine in the Dakotas

The EPA investigation uncovered 40,000 pounds of poison had been distributed across 5,400 acres

  Hundreds of bison are under quarantine in North Dakota and South Dakota after an illegal poison was used to kill prairie dogs. An EPA investigation found 40,000 pounds of poison had been distributed across 5,400 acres. It was spread on the former Cannonball Ranch near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation and the Wilder Ranch. The EPA-led investigation began last year…

Proposed Bill in Minnesota Could Help Farmers’ Property Taxes

In a panel discussion held Friday Minnesota representatives met with local farmers to hear concerns and go over a proposed property tax credit

Minnesota farmers have been dealing with rising property taxes over the past ten years. Now, a proposed bill could help alleviate some of those costs. Property taxes for Minnesota farmers have increased by 114% in the last 10 years. Minnesota Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith said a combination of rising property values, demand for school improvements and lowered commodity prices have…

Minnesota’s Lieutenant Governor Responds to Inauguration

Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith says she has some concerns coming into the Trump era

We spoke with Minnesota Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith about what her hopes are with Trump taking office. Lieutenant Governor Smith said regardless of who is being elected, she always appreciates seeing the American Democratic system demonstrate its most prestigious ceremony. She said they have different views on certain subjects including trade and she is concerned about what affect his actions…

How Ranchers Keep Livestock Warm in Winter Storms

Ranchers say livestock deaths are "minimal" so far this winter season

Despite recent winter storms, North Dakota Ag officials say most of the state’s livestock made it through. Cattle specialist Carl Dahlen says most cows are not taken inside during harsh winter storms. He says this can be dangerous to the animals. The excessive body heat and moisture could cause the spread of pneumonia or other sicknesses. Ranchers use tree lines, walls…

Sen. Hoeven Accuses Obama Administration of DAPL Delays

Senator John Hoeven says the Trump Administration should approve the final easement on DAPL immediately

  Senator Hoeven claims the Obama administration is again trying to delay the Dakota Access Pipeline project by changing the rules. He says a new environmental impact study will impose months and perhaps years of additional delay and difficulty on the people who live and work in the pipeline area. He says the company has complied with all federal and…

Cass Clay Food Commission Hoping to Open Accessibility to Fresh Local Produce

The Cass Clay Food Commission is also hoping to combat obesity and the high costs associated with healthy living

This spring you may find more farmers markets in your neighborhood. “We’re an intergovernmental board in Cass and Clay Counties that works to increase access to healthy, local, and affordable food,” said  Megan Myrdal, who is the Project Coordinator of the Cass Clay Food Commission. “Healthy options aren’t as easy as you would think,” said Mindy Grand, the Member at…