Agriculture

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…

LIVE: Bee Hunt with Longspur Prairie Fund

Bee excited! The sixth annual Bee Hunt is coming up and it's bigger than ever!

It’s National Pollinator Week, and it ‘s going to be a “bee-autiful” weekend in the region –perfect for going on a bee hunt. But in this hunt, you shoot with a camera. The sixth annual Bee Hunt with the Longspur Prairie Fund is happening Saturday in Ulen, Minnesota. Activists with the LPF say the bee hunt draws bigger and bigger…

$14 Billion in Additional Aid Secured for Agriculture Industry

UNITED STATES – The farming industry is getting some much needed relief through new funds being made available through the Commodity Credit Corporation. An additional $14 billionĀ  will be made available to farmers, producers, and ranchers. That is in addition to the $16 billion that was secured for farmer aid from the CARES act. The USDA is hoping to start…

Ag Leaders Discuss Devastating Impact Coronavirus Has on Commodity Prices

Since the outbreak began, the price of wheat has fallen three percent, corn 15 percent, soybeans 10 percent and ethanol 38 percent.

FARGO, N.D. – Leaders in the agriculture industry are discussing the massive impact the coronavirus has on commodity prices. Since the outbreak began, the price of wheat has fallen three percent, corn 15 percent, soybeans 10 percent and ethanol 38 percent. House Agriculture Committee Chairman Congressman Collin Peterson says that the economic impact on ethanol is massive and he is…

LIVE: Get Your Garden On

Because right now our neighborhoods look more like they're growing blankets than food and flowers.

Gardens are big right now — or at least, a lot of people want them to be. Unfortunately, if you just couldn’t wait and went ahead with planting out, you might have a yard right now that looks a little more like you’re growing blankets than tomatoes and petunias. Our late-season frost struck hard at the hearts of seasoned gardeners…

LIVE: Great Plains Food Bank

A double-pronged problem with keeping families fed in the coronavirus pandemic.

The Great Plains Food Bank is being hit with a double whammy this morning. At a time when demand is up a lot for their food supplies, volunteers and donations are down. The number of families seeking relief from hunger has gone up from needs brought on by the economic crisis of the coronavirus pandemic. Food bank officials estimate demand…