Agriculture

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…

Sen. Smith Discusses One Health Bill, Possible Trump Impeachment Proceedings

WASHINGTON – Minnesota Sen. Tina Smith introduces a bill for a one health approach. It’s an idea that human and animal health are linked and should be studied together to prevent disease outbreaks. Smith says the Department of Agriculture has a group that has already taken a one health approach. She wants them to combine its efforts with the Centers…

FARRMS Celebrates Local Organic Farmers

The Foundation for Agriculture Rural Resource Management and Sustainability was created to educate growers on sustainable farming practices

FARGO, N.D.– Local farmers are being celebrated for their contributions in the community. The Foundation for Agriculture Rural Resource Management and Sustainability was created to educate growers on sustainable farming practices. “We’re highlighting some people who work in the industry,” says FARRMS director of educational programs, Mindy Grant. “From the farmers to the inbetweeners to the people at the table to…