Agriculture

NDSU Helps Farmers Create Succession Plan

There are two million farms in America, according to the USDA

  FARGO, N.D. — It wasn’t until after his father and grandfather passed in 2012 that Jon Bertsch decided to take over the family farm in Hillsboro. With it came the many challenges farmers face daily. “A lot of things are out of our control, mother nature,  the trade war, different things in regards to the ethanol industry. It’s harder to…

LIVE: Barnesville’s Potato Days on National Potato Day

Lefse us tell you about all the great things happening this week for Potato Days.

It’s National Potato Day this Monday, and we couldn’t be more chipper about the whole event, because potatoes are something most people in this region get pretty steamed up about. That’s especially true in Barnesville, Minn., where residents have been serving the Red River Valley its Potato Days festival every year in late August. A smash hit for young and…

Sen. Hoeven’s State of Technology Conference Stresses Agriculture and Technology Intersection

The 9th annual conference highlighted the work of more than 70 entrepreneurs

FARGO, N.D. — Tech companies from agriculture, cyber security, elderly care backgrounds and more are sharing their work at Sen. John Hoeven’s 2019 State of Technology Conference. The event stresses the importance of converging agriculture and technology. Some say that integration should start with young people. “Working together with our universities, with our community colleges, even with our high schools,…

Sen. Tina Smith Creates Rural Economic Working Group

the goal of the group is to take innovative ideas from small communities and incorporate them to ones who need more help throughout the U.S.

EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. — Taking innovative ideas from rural communities in Minnesota and incorporating them at the federal level. Senator Tina Smith says that’s what can really help some change places across the country need. She announced she is starting a bipartisan Senate “Rural Economic Working Group.” And she’s doing it alongside Republican South Dakota Senator Mike Rounds. “Our…

Growing Together Gardens Begin Selling Produce Through October

There are six locations

FARGO, N.D. — Now you can get all the produce you want while also getting to know the people around you at six different community gardens. “Growing Together” Community Gardens will sell all their goodies from three to six every Tuesday through October. Founders say they started the community garden 13 years ago but it has quickly spread to several…

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…