Heitkamp Meets Kindred Students, Discusses Agriculture

She recently introduced the Next Generation in Agriculture Act with Sen. Collins

KINDRED, N.D. — Sen. Heidi Heitkamp spent part of the day visiting schools in Kindred and meeting with students. She started the day at Kindred Elementary, where she spoke to third and fifth graders about her career and the importance of public service. She then went to the high school to talk about how her new bill will help young farmers….

NDSU Celebrates Fourth Annual “Ag Week”

NDSU's Ag Collective will end the week with a dance and fundraiser for Arthur's Barn At Sanctuary events center

FARGO, N.D. — Our region is known for its agricultural contribution to the country. Now NDSU students are dedicating a whole week to celebrating the industry with their Ag Week. Four years ago, NDSU started its Ag Week to educate students and the community about the industry. That includes getting rid of any misconceptions people may have about agriculture. “There’s a…

North Dakota Farmers Brace Themselves for Impending Tariffs

Farmer from Steele County thinks producers might feel the biggest impact of any group from the tariffs

STEELE COUNTY, N.D. — Randy Richards is one of many farmers thinking that times could become hectic for farmers in North Dakota. On Wednesday, the Chinese Ministry of Commerce announced a 25 percent tariff on 106 US products, including soybeans. “They’re the hardest on agriculture because agriculture is the only we thing that we export a lot of that balances out…

Senator Tina Smith Encourages Skills-Based Learning in Minnesota

Senator Smith spoke with local business and agricultural leaders in Moorhead

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Joined by farmers and community members, Senator Tina Smith listened to perspectives on national issues that might affect the lives of Minnesotans. “Well trade is good. We need strong export markets in Minnesota which is such a powerful agricultural producer but that trade needs to be fair,” said Smith. Smith also spoke with  business leaders about how Minnesota…

Spring 2018: What Does the Weather Mean for Agriculture?

Looking Ahead to the Planting Season

You wouldn’t know it by looking outside, but spring begins today. For farmers, the start of spring means planting season is right around the corner. And Mother Nature can make or break a farmer’s  yield, depending on what she throws at us in the next few months. This winter was marked with several Arctic outbreaks. “People probably remember these extreme…

USDA Secretary Perdue Meets with Politicians and Farmers in Fargo

Perdue came to Fargo at the request of Senator John Hoeven to hear thoughts ahead of the 2018 Farm Bill

FARGO, N.D. — With many farmers and politicians in attendance, USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue learned about new advances in agricultural technology and also problems that farmers encounter on a daily basis. “Farmers are generally compliant people, they want to follow the rules, they want to be good conservationists,” said Perdue. Secretary Perdue listened to many issues faced by farmers ranging from…

Agriculture Secretary to Make Two Stops in Area on Friday

Sonny Perdue will stop at the Red River Vzalley Agriculture Center in Fargo and American Crystal Sugar in Moorhead

FARGO, N.D. — We reported last week that Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue would visit North Dakota this week.  His schedule has just been released. The secretary will be joined by Senators Heitkamp and Hoeven, Representative Cramer and Governor Burgum in Fargo on Friday morning. They will tour the Red River Valley Agriculture Research Center followed by a roundtable with agriculture…

North Dakota Winter Show Features All Things Agriculture

The event draws people from all over the Midwest And Canada

VALLEY CITY, N.D. — The 81st year of the North Dakota Winter Show is running through Saturday. The event draws people from all over the Midwest and Canada and features all things agriculture. “That’s the biggest thing I’ve noticed is there’s something for everybody. So whatever you are, if you’re into vehicles, pickups, you’ll be there tonight, and a different crowd will…

North Dakota Exports Last Year Worth $2 Billion

This amount was an increase of 5.6% over 2016

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota exported more than $2 billion worth of products last year, excluding oil, which is a 5.6 percent increase over 2016. The state’s export growth was led by soybeans and machinery, including bulldozers, tractors, combines and farm implements. The value of machinery exports grew from almost $687 million to $757 million. Canada, Australia and Ukraine increased…

Hundreds of Farmers Attend Northern Corn and Soybean Expo

The expo gave them a place to collaborate on industry challenges

FARGO, N.D. — Hundreds of farmers gathered at the Fargodome for the Northern Corn and Soybean Expo. It gave them a place to collaborate and get tips on industry challenges, such as maximizing profit. “Money talks when it comes to commodities and that’s the bottom line— it’s their bottom line,” said Matt Gast, a soybean farmer. Farmers say it’s the…