Agriculture

NDSU’s Saddle and Sirloins ready for Little International competition

Contestants or bringing the heat and ruffling the fur for tomorrows Competitions.

FARGO, N.D. – Saturday marks the 95th year of NDSU’s Saddle and Sirloin’s Little International competition. Agriculture Students are preparing their animals for the show, whether that is shearing, cleaning, or feeding. This year there are 106 contestants showing animals, 50 curing ham and four students participating in a public speaking contest. Each student shows one of the animals they’ve…

Heitkamp Passed Over For Ag Secretary

Heidi Heitkamp/Tom VilsackWASHINGTON (KVRR) – Former North Dakota U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp is no long being considered for Agriculture Secretary. President-elect Joe Biden selected former Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to return to the spot he held during the Obama administration. Vilsack spent eight years as head of USDA and served two terms as Iowa governor. Biden nominated Ohio Rep. Marcia…

LIVE: Heidi for United States Secretary of Agriculture

The region's biggest food bank is pushing to get the former U.S. Senator from North Dakota into the President-elect's cabinet.

Former North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp is on the short list to be President-elect Joe Biden’s chief on all things agriculture in the new administration. And this morning, our region’s biggest food bank is hoping to help get her into the top spot — with your help. The Great Plains Food Bank says the former U-S senator did a lot…

Minnesota agriculture industry may feel blows of Peterson loss

Rep. Collin Peterson was the U.S. House Representative from Minnesota's 7th Congressional District for the last 30 years. He lost the 2020 election to Republican Michelle Fischbach.

MINNESOTA — It may have been one of the bigger upsets in this years U.S. House race. Fifteen-term incumbent Collin Peterson lost the race for U.S. Representative in Minnesota’s 7th Congressional District to Republican Michelle Fischbach. In a mainly rural district dominated by agriculture, the loss was felt heavily by farmers. “He knew agriculture arguably better than any representative in…

Intermodal Train Service To Begin Next Week In North Dakota

Gov. Doug Burgum calls it a "game-changer"

MINOT, N.D. — Intermodal rail service is coming to North Dakota and Gov. Doug Burgum calls it a “game-changer”. He says next week, Minot will receive an intermodal unit train at a newly operational facility serviced by BNSF. Intermodal uses two modes of freight, such as truck and rail. The service will allow for the movement of international containers so…

LIVE: 100 Markets

We're all looking for something to celebrate in this crazy year.

By now, you’re probably eager to hear some good news for the region, given the news cycle we’ve all been dragged through since the pandemic struck. So that’s why this weekend could be the perfect opportunity to celebrate. “100 Markets” is coming to the metro Saturday, as the Red River Market makes it to the big milestone since its inception…

Cass County 4-H hosted annual awards ceremony online

CASS COUNTY, N.D. — The Cass County 4-H youth program hosted its Annual Awards Ceremony virtually this year. The online ceremony showcased photos from past events and presented awards and scholarships to participants. Several clubs were recognized and earned achievement awards for their service and engagement with the 4-H program. Volunteers who have worked with the program for over a…

Dispute Over USDA Relief Payments Between North & South

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A nonpartisan report from the US Government Accountability Office reveals that Southern states have been receiving more in payouts from the USDA Market Facilitation Program than other regions. Farmers in states like Minnesota and North Dakota received on average between $29,000 and $36,000 in payouts from the program. In states like Georgia and Arizona, those payouts ranged…