Agriculture

Farmers from across the country attend Big Iron

"The big iron is a good way to network with farmers in the North Dakota, Minnesota area. We've always had great success meeting with farmers here."

WEST FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) – Farmers and ag exhibitors throughout the nation are gathering at the 41st annual big iron farm show to learn more about the latest cutting-edge agricultural products, equipment, technology, and services. “We have a lot of folks from all over the world that come to this event, but the real purpose is to showcase agriculture, innovation…

How rain will affect crops after major drought this summer

NDSU Extension Agent Tells Us How Late Summer Rains Impact Growing, Harvest & Next Year's Planting

  FARGO (KVRR) – We’ve dealt with exceptional drought conditions in the region this year. But will a recent rainy spell offer any help for farmers as we near the end of growing season. The short answer is: not really. Cass County NDSU Extension Agent Kyle Aasand says we saw no rain from July 19th through August 20th, prime growing…

NDSU renames building after former North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple

"This is a cutting edge world class research facility and I think that's really fitting given how closely tied the Dalrymple name is tied to the history of agriculture."

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) –A building on NDSU’s campus is getting a new name just in time for the new school year. Formerly known as a mouthful to pronounce, the North Dakota Agriculture Experiment Station Research Greenhouse Complex will now just be known as the Jack Dalrymple Agricultural Research Complex. “To be able to rename the Complex after Jack, the name…

Red River Valley Fair returns

We got shorted last year and then this pandemic happened and we weren't able to have one. Now look around, people are just so happy to be here."

WEST FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) — The Red River Valley Fair kicks off the start to two weeks full of summer fun. After two years without coming around, the Red River Valley Fair is giving people the fun they’ve been waiting for with the 10 best days of summer. “It is just a huge relief seeing the smiles. If you look…

Severe drought affecting farmers, crops and livestock

The most affected areas of drought are leaving lasting effects on both crops and livestock.

NORTH DAKOTA (KVRR) — Severe drought conditions continue to have damaging effects on the agricultural industry. “Ninety-nine percent of the state is currently in drought of which 18 percent is in the most severe or D-4 level which is known as exceptional drought,” North Dakota State University Extension Livestock Environmental Specialist Miranda Meehan said. The most affected areas of drought…

Gov. Burgum addresses state agricultural leaders on severe drought conditions

Some of the hardest hit areas are farms that specialize in small grain crops.

NORTH DAKOTA (KVRR) — North Dakota’s severe drought conditions are causing hardships in the agriculture industry “Our two worst years were 1980 and 1988. It just never rained. We’ve had a little more rain on our farm than those two years, but I can equate this year to that,” Kevin Skunes from the North Dakota Corn Growers Association said. After…

Red River Zoo adds alpacas

The Zoo's partnership with Ten Seven Acres will allow people to receive an enhanced animal learning experience.

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) — The Red River Zoo is adding a new exhibit to this year’s Children’s Zoo Farm. In partnership with Ten Seven Acres, the zoo is welcoming three new alpacas that will remain on exhibit through the fall. Children and families will get an enhanced learning experience by getting up close and personal with the South American mammals….

Midwest agriculture industry stronger now than it has been in recent years, experts say

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) — The coronavirus pandemic has impacted every industry in one way or another. Agriculture is no exception. Even so, some experts say producers in North Dakota and Minnesota are doing better now than they were at this time last year. “We had strong commodity prices toward the end of 2020, and they’ve persisted into 2021. That’s certainly…

Farmers prepare for planting season

"It looks like it's going to be a normal season for the most part and normal in agriculture is always a good thing."

HITTERDAL, Minn. (KVRR) – As warmer weather eventually approaches, farmers in the area are preparing for planting season. Premium Ag Solutions members help ease concerns amongst local farmers with the latest knowledge for a successful year. “It’s a nice way for guys to get out in the winter. We do an update on markets, we do an update on weather…

Minnesota agriculture industry may feel blows of Peterson loss

Rep. Collin Peterson was the U.S. House Representative from Minnesota's 7th Congressional District for the last 30 years. He lost the 2020 election to Republican Michelle Fischbach.

MINNESOTA — It may have been one of the bigger upsets in this years U.S. House race. Fifteen-term incumbent Collin Peterson lost the race for U.S. Representative in Minnesota’s 7th Congressional District to Republican Michelle Fischbach. In a mainly rural district dominated by agriculture, the loss was felt heavily by farmers. “He knew agriculture arguably better than any representative in…