Agriculture

Microsoft partners with Emerging Prairie on Grand Farm

They hope to be in production by 2025.

FARGO, N.D.- Microsoft President Brad Smith announced that the company is investing 1.5 million dollars to help bring “Grand Farm” to life. “It is a venture that is bringing people from across this community who will connect with the world,” says The President of Microsoft, Brad Smith Grand farm is an idea that is being led by Emerging Prairie to…

Senate Agriculture Committee Set To Hear About Farm Bill Implementation

WASHINGTON – Minnesota Sen. Tina Smith hopes to hear how the farm bill is being implemented in an Agriculture Committee hearing on Thursday, October 17th. She says she wants to know how the safety net and dairy margin protection programs are helping farmers. They give producers subsidies when they experience a substantial drop in revenue or prices. Smith says producers…

Sen. Smith Creates Group To Solve Rural Issues

Sen. Tina Smith is forming a bipartisan Senate group to strengthen rural communities

WASHINGTON – Sen. Tina Smith is forming a bipartisan Senate group to strengthen rural communities. One thing she says she’s hearing from people in our area that would help is, “trade, not aid.” The Rural Economic Working Group and Republican South Dakota Sen. Mike Rounds hopes to connect people and organizations to take on challenges hitting rural areas hard. Sen….

39th Annual Big Iron Farm Show Displays New Ag Tech

The show is open tomorrow from 9 to 5 and Thursday from 9 to 4

WEST FARGO, N.D. — Technology is making its way into most people’s lives these days, and farmers are no exception. “Man, has agriculture changed. And for the better. I mean, the equipment, the size of the equipment, and the technology,” said Big Iron Committee Chairman Dave Gehrtz. This year’s Big Iron Farm Show is giving people a glimpse at the…

LIVE: Making Life Easier For Farmers Selling And Buying Equipment

Big Iron Auctions Expanding Into Region

  Our farmers have been dealing with a hard year: trade war troubles, bad weather. Now a new business is in the region ready to make life a little easier for producers. Big Iron Auctions, not to be confused with the Big Iron Farm Show, is a Nebraska-based company that recently expanded to North Dakota and Western Minnesota. They do…

U.S. Farm Industry Drowning in Debt

UNITED STATES – Government numbers show just how much farmers are struggling. USDA information shows the U.S. agriculture industry is more than $426 billion in debt. The average farm was $1.3 million in debt in 2017 according to Nebraska Farm Business. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue says net farm income has also dropped by nearly half since its peak six…

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…

LIVE: A Party To Celebrate Ag

Celebration Of All Things Ag Coming To Mentor, MN

  Agriculture is the #1 industry in our region. The Northern Crops Institute thinks that’s worthy of a celebration. They group is partnering with multiple local commodity groups for the first Red River Valley Ag Leadership Celebration. Northern Crops Institute Director Mark Jirik joined the morning show to tell us about all the fun. He says despite a rough growing…

The EPA Visits Local Farms to See Their Regulations in Action

The EPA also get to ask questions and see operations on a whole new level

  DAVENPORT, N.D.–The EPA is in North Dakota and Minnesota this week to connect with local farmers. “One of the things they noted is how North Dakotans are passionate for agriculture and whatever they do and they really take great pride in it. And I think that’s what we are out here trying to show them, that you give us…