Agriculture Department

Top Democrat Assails Trump’s $16B Trade Bailout for Farmers

Stabenow asked Perdue to improve the program before more payments go out.

MINNEAPOLIS–A top Democrat says President Donald Trump’s $16 billion bailout for farmers hurt by the trade war with China unfairly picks winners and losers, pitting the South against the North and small farms against wealthy producers. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, of Michigan, is the top Democrat on the Senate Agriculture Committee. She says Trump’s trade agenda has irreparably harmed farmers. She…

2018 Farm Numbers in the Dakotas Drop From Previous Year

The number of U.S. farms dropped 12,800 from 2017, to slightly more than 2 million.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) _ Farms continue to disappear off the Dakotas landscape, especially smaller ones. The federal Agriculture Department reports that total farm numbers in 2018 dropped by 300 in North Dakota and by 400 in South Dakota. North Dakota had 26,100 farms and South Dakota 29,600. That mirrored the national trend. The number of U.S. farms dropped 12,800 from…

Kosel Family Agriculture Land Lab Benefits NDSCS Students

The land lab is a way for agriculture students at NDSCS to get out of the classroom and learn by doing

WAHPETON, N.D.– Agriculture students at NDSCS got their hands a little dirty! The Kosel Family Agriculture Land Lab is a way for Ag students at NDSCS to get out of the classroom and learn by doing. The land lab was planted last spring thanks to the donations made by Linda Patterson and Mary Kosel to the NDSCS Foundation. “This is…

North Dakota Ranchers Offered More Time to Apply for State Aid

The money will help them pay the cost of hauling in hay to maintain their herds through the winter

  NORTH DAKOTA — Drought-stricken North Dakota ranchers are being given more time to apply for state aid. The money will help them pay the cost of hauling in hay to maintain their herds through the winter. The state Agriculture Department is extending the application deadline for the hay-hauling aid program from November 3 to the 13. The program also…

North Dakota Sees Drop in Farms, Ranches in 2016

The number of small farms and ranches in terms of sales increased, while the number of large operations declined

  NORTH DAKOTA — The number of farms and ranches in North Dakota dropped slightly last year. The federal Agriculture Department estimates 29,800 agricultural operations in the state in 2016, down 200 from 2015. The number of small farms and ranches in terms of sales increased, while the number of large operations declined. Land in farms and ranches totaled 39.1…