Farmers

Farm Rescue shifts to help farmers affected by coronavirus

FARGO (KVRR) – A North Dakota-based volunteer organization that helps farmers when they are injured or otherwise impaired says it has helped a number of Midwest farmers who were sidelined by the coronavirus. Since 2005, Farm Rescue has helped more than 700 farm families that have been unable to plant, harvest or feed livestock due to injury, illness or natural…

Great Plains Food Bank continues Farmers to Families Food Box program

The nonprofit organization began distributing food boxes from this program in June. The program gets food directly from farmers to give to families in need.

FARGO, N.D. — The Farmers to Families Food Box distribution has been getting food in the hands of people in the Red River Valley since June. The Great Plains Food Bank is happy to be able to offer this service into the fall. “There was a time we weren’t sure about October and then we brought in 17 distributions that…

Sargent County Rancher Finds Innovative Ways To Sell Her Products

Block's sales includes steaks, ground beef, and brisket

HAVANA, N.D. — Lacey Block is a sixth generation cattle rancher from Havana, North Dakota, south of Fargo in Sargent County. “It kind of just runs in our blood and there’s nothing else we want to do in this world,” said Lacey Block. She says in September of last year, she started to see that the amount of time and…

Sen. Hoeven Hosts Roundtable To Help Farmers And Producers Amid COVID-19

You have until September 11th to apply for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program.

UNITED STATES – North Dakota Republican Senator John Hoeven talked with North Dakota agriculture producers, commodity groups and Farm Service Agency officials. He talked with North Dakota agriculture producers, commodity groups and Farm Service Agency officials. One of the key efforts mentioned is to get more assistance for farmers and ranchers. Another is making sure the 14 billion dollars in Commodity…

Weeding Out Misinformation, Bad Producers in the CBD Industry

"We can guarantee what it says on the label is what's in the bottle is being tested, but that's not the case for all the new CBD companies trying to sell products," Casey Ruckheim said.

PARKERS PRAIRIE, Minn. — “We had no clue as far as growing anything like this before, as a farmer you put a seed in the ground and things happen,” Matt Ruckheim said. R Bottled Gold CBD is a hemp based business by Casey Ruckheim and her husband Matt. The pair have been growing for over a year, selling multiple different…

Rep. Collin Peterson Celebrates Beginning of USMCA

Peterson warns that farmers need to make sure that trading partners are not using COVID-19 as an excuse to put up barriers between each other.

UNITED STATES – Congressman Collin Peterson joins Senators, Congressmen and agriculture leaders to discuss the importance of the USMCA as it goes into effect on July 1st. Under the new agreement, dairy farmers can expect to see increased trade with Canada and no tariffs on agricultural products traded with Mexico. The agricultural biotechnology industry will also be seeing increased information…

Great Plains Food Bank Working With USDA To Use Farm Overstock To Help Families In Need

The food bank is making daily stops in areas like Minot, Dickenson and Bismarck.

MOORHEAD, Minn. — At the Probstfield Center For Education In Moorhead hundreds of boxes are being loaded up into cars. The Great Plains Food Bank is teaming up with the U.S Agriculture Department’s Family Food Box Program. The program partners with local farmers to buy their overstock produce not sold because of COVID-19 and then package and redistribute it. “Like…

Great Plains Food Bank helps distribute USDA Farmers to Families Food Boxes

There is no income requirement for receiving food through the program.

FARGO, N.D.–The Great Plains Food Bank is helping to facilitate the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farmers to Families Food Box program. The program supports struggling farmers who have a surplus of food and hungry people impacted by COVID-19. The USDA has allocated up to $3 billion to purchase food from farmers that would otherwise be left in the fields or…

Rep. Peterson working with Ag Secretary to help hog farmers struggling with plant closures

WORTHINGTON, Minn. – House Agriculture Committee Chairman Congressman Collin Peterson discusses the struggles pig farmers are going through during the pandemic He says 160,000 hogs are being euthanized across the country every day because of plant closures. Department of Agriculture tells Peterson it’s having trouble dealing with the backlog of hogs. That includes a shortage of trucks to bring them…

RRWMB Meets To Discuss Projects That Would Reduce Flooding

The conference had over 20 speakers discuss flooding and potential projects.

MOORHEAD, Minn.- Jason Braaten is a farmer from Roseau, Minnesota who decided to join the Red River Watershed Management Board three years ago to help other farmers in the community. “We kind of look at all the neighbors and say, well how can we benefit the neighbors by looking at my farm and say, let’s look at the big picture…