Agriculture

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…

Local expert talks vice presidential debate & why rural issues tend to be ignored

Debate topics always tend to be the main issues affecting the country at the moment.

MOORHEAD, Minn.- A Minnesota State University Moorhead political science professor says presidential and vice presidential debates don’t tend to focus on issues important to rural America. Dr. Barbara Headrick says most Americans don’t tend to tune in to vice presidential debates, but this is no ordinary race. It was Vice President Mike Pence’s turn to go head-to-head with Democratic vice…

Intermodal Train Service To Begin Next Week In North Dakota

Gov. Doug Burgum calls it a "game-changer"

MINOT, N.D. — Intermodal rail service is coming to North Dakota and Gov. Doug Burgum calls it a “game-changer”. He says next week, Minot will receive an intermodal unit train at a newly operational facility serviced by BNSF. Intermodal uses two modes of freight, such as truck and rail. The service will allow for the movement of international containers so…

Doosan Bobcat Adding 100 Jobs

WEST FARGO, N.D. — North Dakota‚Äôs largest manufacturer is adding 100 jobs. Doosan Bobcat employs more than 3,300 people in the state and nearly 4.000 throughout North America, including at manufacturing facilities in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Headquartered in West Fargo, Doosan Bobcat manufacturers a variety of construction, agriculture, landscaping and grounds maintenance equipment, and provides attachments and services. Categories: Local…

Big Iron Farm Show Panel Looks Ahead To Agriculture Post-COVID 19

The 40th Annual Big Iron Wraps up Thursday Afternoon

FARGO, N.D. — At the Big Iron Farm Show today, farmers from all over the valley came to talk about what farming this year has in store for them. The farm show is putting safety measures in place such as: hand sanitizer stations, hand washing stations, exhibitor booths spaced further apart, and the food court will be re-located to different…