Purchase of N.D. Farmland By Group Tied to Bill Gates Under Scrutiny

FOX News (Photo by Thierry Monasse/Getty Images)FARGO, N.D. (AP) —  The sale of prime North Dakota farmland to a group tied to Bill Gates has stirred emotions over a Depression-era law meant to protect family farms and raised questions about whether the billionaire shares the state’s values. State Attorney General Drew Wrigley has asked the trust that acquired the land…

Gov. Doug Burgum Declares Statewide Flood Emergency

This paves the way for federal money to trickle into the state and help those struggling

FARGO & GRAND FORKS, N.D. — They say too much of a good thing is never good, and North Dakota growers can attest to that. Although the rain is usually one of the farmer’s greatest assets, Beau Bateman says this unusually wet fall has made things challenging. “In 125 years, this is the wettest it’s ever been this late, and…

Pride of Dakota Harvest Showcase in Jamestown Postponed Due To Weather

moved to November 15 and 16 at the Jamestown Civic Center

JAMESTOWN, N.D. — The expected bad weather is impacting the Pride of Dakota Harvest Showcase in Jamestown. It was scheduled for this weekend but is being moved to November 15 and 16 at the Jamestown Civic Center. Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring says he regrets the event will not take place this weekend but safety comes first. Two Pride of Dakota…

Destructive Weed Found in Seventh North Dakota County

Palmer amaranth can grow up to 7 feet and can resist herbicides.

BISMARCK, N.D.–A North Dakota agency has confirmed the presence of a Palmer amaranth plant in a seventh county in the state. The state Department of Agriculture said Wednesday they found the plant in Emmons County, in the south of the state, just weeks after they found it in nearby Grant County. Palmer amaranth can grow up to 7 feet and…

Weed That Can Stop Combines Found In North Dakota For The First Time

Palmer amaranth has been positively identified in a soybean field in McIntosh County

MCINTOSH COUNTY, N.D. — A weed that’s strong enough to stop combines and resist many herbicides has been found in North Dakota for the first time. The Agriculture Department says Palmer amaranth has been positively identified in a soybean field in McIntosh County, southeast of Bismarck. The aggressive pigweed species has been found in South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa in…

Wind Energy Development Program Will Resolve Landowner Issues

Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring says more wind farms are likely to be developed in North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota’s Agriculture Department is launching a program to help landowners resolve concerns over wind energy development. A department ombudsman will evaluate the site, contact the wind company and work to resolve any issues. The Legislature directed the department to create the program. It was done in cooperation with the Public Service Commission, which regulates wind farms….

Industrial Commission Falls Behind On Publishing Meeting Minutes

Executive Director Places Some Blame On Assistant's Extended Medical Leave

Gov. Doug Burgum, Wayne Stenehjem, Doug GoehringBISMARCK, N.D. — The North Dakota Industrial Commission is eight months behind in publishing meeting minutes. The commission is made up of Gov. Doug Burgum, Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem and Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring. Executive Director Karlene Fine says her assistant has been out for an extended medical leave, which has contributed to the…