Farmers

North Dakota Ranchers Offered More Time to Apply for State Aid

The money will help them pay the cost of hauling in hay to maintain their herds through the winter

  NORTH DAKOTA — Drought-stricken North Dakota ranchers are being given more time to apply for state aid. The money will help them pay the cost of hauling in hay to maintain their herds through the winter. The state Agriculture Department is extending the application deadline for the hay-hauling aid program from November 3 to the 13. The program also…

Hundreds of Drought-Stricken Ag Producers Still Struggling

The aid is used to help pay the cost of hauling in hay to maintain their livestock through the winter season

  NORTH DAKOTA — Hundreds of North Dakota farmers and ranchers are expected to apply for more aid in wake of the drought. The state Ag Department is expecting at least 700 applications by the November 3rd deadline. The aid is used to help pay the cost of hauling in hay to maintain their livestock through the winter season. With…

Drought Conditions Continue to Improve in North Dakota

Both percentages are down only slightly from last week

  NORTH DAKOTA — Drought conditions continue to ease in the Dakotas. The latest U.S. Drought Monitor shows 58 percent of South Dakota and 60 percent of North Dakota in some stage of drought. Both percentages are down only slightly from last week. Recent rains led to improvements across North Dakota and in eastern South Dakota over the week. There…

Local Producers Optimistic About Harvest Despite Drought Conditions

With the growing season almost over and harvesting around the corner, area farmers say they will still come out with a good product

ARTHUR, ND — The drought in North Dakota left land dry for much of the summer. “We had really nice growing conditions through about the middle of July this year and then here in the Arthur area it quit raining almost completely,” said Kevin Skunes, the First VP for North Dakota Corn Growers. With the growing season almost over and…

Minnesota School Districts Hopeful with New Tax Credit

The community has voiced its concern about the burden property taxes can play on agricultural land when it comes to school building bonds

GLYNDON, Minn. — In the last ten years, property taxes for Minnesota farmers have increased by 114%. “About 60% of our total net value of a school district is in ag land,” said Bryan Thygeson, the Superintendent of the Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton school district. A new bill is now taking some of that load off their shoulders and giving school districts an…

Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion: Learning About the Importance of Old Time Farming

"Teaching you about your ancestors and how they lived before you did and how technology has improved"

ROLLAG, Minn. — All the clinks and clunks may surprise you, but those noises come with using some old time farming equipment. “My favorite part of today was riding a tractor,” said Trinity St. Clarre a visitor at the show. Kids, families and generations of threshermen are reliving the good ol’ days by bringing some old farming traditions back to…

Rainfall Welcomed by North Dakota’s Drought-Stricken Producers

Pasture and range conditions are rated 58 percent poor or very poor

  NORTH DAKOTA — Rainfall over the past week in North Dakota halted or delayed harvest but was welcomed by drought-plagued farmers. The weekly crop report says about half of the topsoil and subsoil moisture supplies in the state are still rated short or very short. The harvest of small grains crops including spring wheat, durum wheat and oats is…

Senator Franken Introduces New Legislation to Help Rural Communities in Minnesota

Franken said that every day the nation's farmers have our backs and he believes we need to have theirs as well.

MINNESOTA — A new package of legislation has been introduced by Senator Al Franken that supports farmers, producers and rural businesses in Minnesota. This proposed change would help them deploy more renewable energy projects and cut energy costs. Sen. Franken said that every day the nation’s farmers have our backs and he believes we need to have theirs as well….

Gov. Burgum Travels to D.C., Asking for Drought Disaster Declaration

The latest drought monitor survey shows nearly half of the state is still experiencing severe, extreme or exceptional drought conditions

  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Gov. Burgum is in Washington, D.C. seeking a presidential disaster declaration for the drought. He met with Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to talk about drought relief efforts for North Dakota farmers and ranchers. The latest drought monitor survey shows nearly half of the state is still experiencing severe, extreme or exceptional…

Application Deadline for Hay Lottery Approaching

The hay will be distributed through a lottery drawing early next month

  NORTH DAKOTA — Time is running out for drought-impacted ranchers in the Northern Plains to apply for a hay lottery. The application deadline for ranchers in the Dakotas and Montana is Thursday. North Dakota’s Agriculture Department, NDSU and the Michigan-based nonprofit Ag Community Relief earlier this month announced the program to accept hay donations at a site near the…