Agriculture

North Dakota Ag Groups Stress Importance of Agriculture Amid Pandemic

North Dakota growers say they're facing a unique set of challenges amid the coronavirus outbreak

FARGO, N.D. — Thirteen agricultural organizations across North Dakota are coming together to underscore the concern of food availability during the pandemic. In a letter to President Trump and other Washington officials, the groups write, “As the COVID-19 issues continue, we would respectfully request that your administration be mindful of the challenges agriculture faces in these difficult times.” Those at…

USMCA one step closer to being passed

WASHINGTON – The Senate Finance Committee approves USMCA. Minnesota Sen. Tina Smith says she will vote in favor of the trade deal with Canada and Mexico. The bill includes provisions she fought for like strengthening protections for workers and improving access to affordable medicines. Smith says it’s important to open new markets for agriculture and end unfair Canadian milk pricing…

Agiron Helps Farmers Save Money On Ag Equipment

With the downturn of the Ag economy, some farmers are trying to be savvier with their money.

FARGO, N.D.- Agiron is an auction for big farm equipment held three times every year. “We have consignors, farmers; dealers bring in their equipment here to be sold at public auction.  We compromise in area of about 8 states and Canada,” says Brad Olstad, an Auctioneer at Steffes Group Inc. There is no shortage of items that you will be…

Local Leaders Talk Latest Flood Diversion Efforts

"You're talking a quarter of a million people all the way from farming to high tech and everything in between, homeowners everybody has a stake in this, it's about protecting everyone."

FARGO N.D. — North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum, Senator John Hoeven, and the F–M Diversion Board of Authority converged into the Fargo City Hall to update both the public and the Assistant U.S Secretary of the Army on the latest progress of the project. “The key we are working on today is to make sure that money comes in on…

Gov. Walz declares emergency for conditions from snowstorm

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz issues an executive order declaring an emergency to ease the strain on farmers in western Minnesota after a snowstorm hampered the harvest. It also lifts regulations on drivers carrying propane and liquid fuels. Farmers have wet conditions and damaged crops. The winter weather also slowed the processing and transportation of grain and…

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…