Agriculture

Ag Commissioners Discuss State of the Industry

Big Iron Farm Show returns to West Fargo for its 40th year

WEST FARGO, N.D. — The picture painted by North Dakota and Minnesota’s Ag Commissioners at the Big Iron Farm Show for the remainder of 2020 and the future of 2021 is not a pretty one. “When you see almost a couple of thousand dairy farms go out of business, it’s a big deal,” said North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring….

Big Iron Farm Show offers a glimpse of the past with historic farming exhibit

WEST FARGO, ND – You can check out some unique and interesting farming history at the Big Iron Farm Show this year. Bonanzaville donated several tractors and old style machinery to the exhibit. Tractors from as far back as 1944 were on display as a way to promote the history of farming in the Red River Valley. John Deere, Steiger…

LIVE: A “Bit” of Fall Fun

Find your favorite fall activity at L'il Bitz Pumpkin Patch, opening for the season.

“Gourd” news for lovers of all things fall: one of the region’s favorite pumpkin patches is opening up for the season soon, with a few changes in store. L’il Bitz Pumpkin Patch is in full preparation mode for the annual opening set for next week. Owner Mary Hoagland says they plan to start harvesting the pumpkins over the weekend. The…

Sen. Smith concerned USDA moved funds that help minority & veteran farmers

WASHINGTON – Minnesota┬áSenator Tina Smith demands answers after she says the Department of Agriculture is moving funds from a program supporting producers who are veterans and from diverse backgrounds. The Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Program aims to reverse disparities for historically underserved communities. It funds outreach and technical assistance programs through community organizations,…

West Fargo Man Run Over by Tractor

The accident happened west of Cooperstown, North Dakota

GRIGGS COUNTY, N.D. — A West Fargo man is injured after getting run over by a tractor in Griggs County. It happened west of Cooperstown shortly after 10 a.m. Saturday. The North Dakota Highway Patrol says 32-year-old Ryan Hoverson was working on a fence with another man when a parking brake malfunction caused the tractor to run him over. Hoverson…

What to do if you receive seeds you didn’t buy in the mail

FARGO, N.D. — Around 100 North Dakotans have contacted the state’s Department of Agriculture saying they received mysterious seed packets in the mail. Officials are urging anyone who receives unsolicited seeds from China to not open them. You are asked to send the package, including the mailing label, to the Department of Agriculture for inspection. There is also an online…

Farm Journal announces #FarmONTM concert to benefit 4-H

The full lineup will be announced at a later date.

LENEXA, Kan.–Farm Journal is partnering with the National 4-H Council to put on a #FarmONTM benefit concert on August 27. The concert will feature award-winning country artist Lee Brice and other country artists who have a love for agriculture and education. The full lineup will be announced at a later date. Both Farm Journal and the National 4-H Council are…

LIVE: Food Justice

Get the dish on seeking on social justice in a new way.

We’ve been talking a lot about social justice in the news, ever since the world was rocked by George’s Floyd’s killing. This morning, there’s a new fuel for addressing a kind of social injustice you may not have heard about. Food of the North and NDSU Extension Cass County are joining forces for a special Food Justice in the North…

Be Cautious of Seeds Coming from China

People in North Dakota report getting unsolicited seeds in the mail

BISMARCK, N.D. — A warning after people in North Dakota say they’ve gotten unsolicited packages from China with seeds in them. That’s from the North Dakota Department of Agriculture and the North Dakota State Seed Department. Officials in other states have also reported similar instances. The state’s agriculture commissioner says he’s not sure why these seeds are being sent or…

Rep. Collin Peterson Celebrates Beginning of USMCA

Peterson warns that farmers need to make sure that trading partners are not using COVID-19 as an excuse to put up barriers between each other.

UNITED STATES – Congressman Collin Peterson joins Senators, Congressmen and agriculture leaders to discuss the importance of the USMCA as it goes into effect on July 1st. Under the new agreement, dairy farmers can expect to see increased trade with Canada and no tariffs on agricultural products traded with Mexico. The agricultural biotechnology industry will also be seeing increased information…