Farmers

North Dakota Agriculture Leaders React To Phase One Trade Agreement

North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring, who was at the signing, says this is a big first step in the right direction.

WASHINGTON — After President Trump signed the Phase One Trade Agreement with China, markets are now being reopen after nearly two years of tariffs. North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring, who was at the signing, says this is a big first step in the right direction. “I really feel there is a lot of value here because it adds stability…

Senator Hoeven Discusses Additional Assistance For Farmers

One of the provisions is to make sure sugar producers are covered, and it lays out an approach to cover them

FARGO, N.D.- Senator Hoeven met with AG leaders, producers and F-S-A officials to examine the disaster assistance, market facilitation payment and the trade agreement. They were provided an additional 1.5 billion dollars in disaster assistance and added additional provisions that are vital for growers. “We’ve got to work with FSA, Farm Service Agency, USDA Department of Agriculture and come up…

American Crystal Sugar Company Holds Its Annual Meeting To Look Back At This Year’s Crops

Farmers gathered to talk about how the results have impacted the business.

FARGO, N.D.- “The worst conditions that we’ve encountered in our family’s history with sugar beets which takes us back to the 60’s.” This is how Beau Bateman describes the farming crisis. He is a farmer and shareholder at Crystal Sugar. Beau was not able to recover more than 20 percent of what he had in the ground. “Well, the company…

Agiron Helps Farmers Save Money On Ag Equipment

With the downturn of the Ag economy, some farmers are trying to be savvier with their money.

FARGO, N.D.- Agiron is an auction for big farm equipment held three times every year. “We have consignors, farmers; dealers bring in their equipment here to be sold at public auction.  We compromise in area of about 8 states and Canada,” says Brad Olstad, an Auctioneer at Steffes Group Inc. There is no shortage of items that you will be…

Hoeven and Peterson Join Forces to Help Sugar Beet Industry in Crisis

Sugar beet farmers in the valley are struggling as low crop prices and temperatures have hampered the harvest.

WHEATLAND, N.D. –  “Nobody made money raising beets this year. Regardless if you’re on the insurance side, or if you raised and delivered a crop, everybody lost money.” said one sugar beet farmer in attendance. The sugar beet industry is facing a unique and devastating set of circumstances, as a wet fall and early winter storm have made harvesting their…

Grain Trader Sentenced For Wire Fraud And Money Laundering

The judge has also ordered 22-year-old Hunter Hanson of Leeds to pay over $11 million in restitution

BISMARCK, N.D. — A North Dakota grain trader accused of running his business like a Ponzi scheme has been sentenced to 8 years in prison. The judge has also ordered 22-year-old Hunter Hanson of Leeds to pay over $11 million in restitution. He will also have to forfeit property. Hanson pleaded guilty in July to charges of wire fraud and…

Top Democrat Assails Trump’s $16B Trade Bailout for Farmers

Stabenow asked Perdue to improve the program before more payments go out.

MINNEAPOLIS–A top Democrat says President Donald Trump’s $16 billion bailout for farmers hurt by the trade war with China unfairly picks winners and losers, pitting the South against the North and small farms against wealthy producers. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, of Michigan, is the top Democrat on the Senate Agriculture Committee. She says Trump’s trade agenda has irreparably harmed farmers. She…

USDA Approves North Dakota Disaster Designation

USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue approved disaster relief for 47 counties in North Dakota.

ARGUSVILLE, N.D. — USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue approved disaster relief for 47 counties in North Dakota. USDA Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation Bill Northey joined both of North Dakota’s Senators and Governor Burgum to talk with local producers in Argusville. “You don’t need to drive too far from the scene to see wheat fields still out in the…

Collin Peterson Hosts Town Hall In Moorhead

The questions ranged from topics like crop insurance, yield prices and the USMCA

MOORHEAD, Minn. — The USDA Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation next stopped in Moorhead to meet with growers. Minnesota Congressman Collin Peterson hosted a town hall meeting. The questions ranged from topics like crop insurance, yield prices and the USMCA. The purpose of the town hall was to encourage farmers to voice their concerns and for their representatives…

Federal Help Approved for North Dakota Farmers, Ranchers

Gov. Doug Burgum requested the help last week.

BISMARCK, N.D.–North Dakota will receive federal help for farmers and ranchers who struggled with an early blizzard and wet harvest conditions. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the secretarial disaster designation on Friday. Gov. Doug Burgum requested the help last week to help make federal loans available to farmers and ranchers. To qualify for a secretarial designation, a county…