Agriculture

Leeds, North Dakota Man Expected To Plead Guilty In $11.4 Million Ag Ponzi Scheme

22-year-old Hunter Hanson is charged with wire fraud, money laundering and forfeiture

BISMARCK, ND — A Leeds, North Dakota man is expected to plead guilty in a multi-million dollar Ponzi scheme that targeted North Dakota, Minnesota and Canadian farmers and businesses. 22-year-old Hunter Hanson is charged with wire fraud, money laundering and forfeiture. Under the terms of the plea agreement, Hanson has agreed to plead guilty to the charges and pay full restitution…

Farmers Meet With Sen. Amy Klobuchar in Moorhead

Farmers voiced their concerns about how tariffs on agricultural products imported by China are straining them financially and mentally.

MOORHEAD, Minn.– Senator Klobuchar also stopped by Moorhead to discuss agriculture issues. Farmers voiced their concerns about how tariffs on agricultural products imported by China are straining them financially and mentally. Klobuchar hopes to find ways to strengthen the protections for Minnesota farmers and the renewable fuel standard. She is excited to expand the use of biofuel and rely less on…

Sen. Hoeven Meets With Producers Affected by Tariffs to Discuss Agriculture Assistance Plan

The $16 Billion plan has three elements

FARGO, N.D. — Many farmers across the country are hurting because of the trade war. North Dakota Senator John Hoeven met with producers to discuss an agriculture assistance program. “We’ve lost so much income because of the decline in the markets, and it’s just been really difficult and a challenge for everyone in the cattle industry,” Shelly Ziesch, a cattle rancher from…

Funding Available For Cover Crops On Damaged Farmland

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – The federal Natural Resources Conservation Service is providing money to plant cover crops on damaged farmland. The aid is aimed at recovery work on cropland directly affected by the severe weather in March. The highest priority cropland includes land that can’t be planted with a cash crop and/or can’t be harvested this year. Experts say cover crops…

Agriculture Sec. Sonny Perdue Coming to ND Later This Month

NORTH DAKOTA – A release from North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven’s Office says Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue is coming to the Red River Valley Saturday, April 27th to talk with farmers about implementing the farm bill. He will also outline the need for prompt resolution trade negotiations and additional commodity purchases. Hoeven, who’s Chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, will…

Farm Rescue is Helping Nebraskans Impacted by Flooding

HORACE, N.D. – The non-profit Farm Rescue which is based in Horace, North Dakota is helping ranchers affected by flooding in Nebraska. Farm Rescue is collecting hay donations and looking for volunteers to bring it to flooded areas. The organization helps farmers who are suffering from sickness, injury or natural disasters. Operation Hay Lift was first started in 2017 to help…

China Buys 10 Metric Tons of U.S. Soybeans, Sen. Smith Says It May Not Be Enough

BREAKING: In Oval Office meeting today, the Chinese committed to buy an additional 10 million metric tons of U.S. soybeans. Hats off to @POTUS for bringing China to the table. Strategy is working. Show of good faith by the Chinese. Also indications of more good news to come. — Sec. Sonny Perdue (@SecretarySonny) February 22, 2019 WASHINGTON – Agriculture Senator Sonny…

Sen. Tina Smith Pushing For Farm Bill Provisions To Be Implemented

WASHINGTON – Agriculture Sec. Sonny Perdue says dairy provisions in the farm bill will be implemented in June. Reports from the Federal Reserve Bank in Minneapolis shows farm bankruptcies are on the rise and Minnesota Sen. Tina Smith wants to make sure farmers have protections from low prices and revenue. The Democrat is also pushing for a new position she helped create…

North Dakota Farmers Union Motorcycle Unveiled on American Choppers

Courtesy: Discovery Channel/American ChoppersBISMARCK, N.D. – North Dakota’s rich history in agriculture is displayed on a national scale. A motorcycle commissioned by the North Dakota Farmers Union is unveiled on Discovery Channel’s American Choppers. The family farms bike shows fields, machinery and barns. It’s complete with a trailer carrying food made by North Dakota farmers. North Dakota Farmers Union Mark Watne…