Farmers

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…

Drought conditions causing economic hardships

Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis says biggest impact will be on agriculture.

MINNEAPOLIS (KVRR) — A lack of rain is more than hurting farmers’ and ranchers’ bottom lines. Officials from the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis are releasing their findings saying the biggest impact of the drought will be on agriculture. Some of those impacts could mean the cost of goods going up as supplies for wheat, small grains and livestock may…

Gov. Walz Says Financial Relief Could Be Coming For Drought Stricken Producers

REDWOOD COUNTY, Minn. — Gov. Tim Walz got an earful at Farmfest in Redwood County from farmers and ranchers seeking drought relief. Most of the state is in a severe or extreme drought. Agriculture officials say livestock and specialty crop farmers are hardest hit because their insurance generally covers less than corn and soybean farmers. Walz and Democratic House Speaker…

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…

Extreme heat & drought causes problems for farmers

The plants aren't able to root down enough to absorb the moisture that is down below for as fast as it's evaporating.

WHEATLAND, N.D. (KVRR) — Warm temperatures and the lack of rain is posing some problems for farmers and their crops. “I guess to take care of them and to raise a crop you need to get it planted right and make sure you take care of the weeds and pray for a little bit of rain once in a while,”…

Farmer attacked by cow gets help from Farm Rescue

"It's overwhelming. It's one of those things that it's hard to put into words how thankful we are for their help."

WALCOTT, N.D. (KVRR) — Farmers helping farmers. From as far as Iowa, farmers helped a North Dakota farmer who suffered a recent injury. “Being a farmer we never want to ask for any help and when help is offered we sometimes are hesitant to take people up on it,” Farm owner, Robert Nord said. Robert Nord has been farming for…

Midwest farmers say loan forgiveness program violates constitutional rights

MADISON, Wisc. – Some Midwestern farmers are suing the federal government alleging they’re ineligible for a COVID-19 stimulus loan forgiveness program because they’re White. The farmers are from Minnesota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Illinois and Ohio. They argue that the Biden administration’s stimulus plan provides loan forgiveness to socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers, defined as as Black, American Indian, Hispanic or…

ND & MN Senators React To The Return of Tom Vilsack as Ag Secretary

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Former Iowa governor Tom Vilsack was confirmed by the Senate this week as the next Agriculture Secretary, a job he held previously for 8 years. Minnesota and North Dakota lawmakers were asked about what’s in store for agriculture under the Biden administration. In a 92-7 vote Tuesday, Vilsack was confirmed to lead the U.S. Department of Agriculture….

West Fargo firefighters train for grain bin rescues

"Farmers are in their bins all the time so training like this; we need to take advantage of this as much as we can."

WEST FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) – The West Fargo Fire department shows us one of the many things they train on when they’re not fighting fires. “We like to get indoor training like this for the winter times, this is a great opportunity to take advantage of the cold weather, stay inside, but farming accidents like grain bin extrication can occur…

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…