North Dakota Farmers Union

U.S. House passes bill to avoid rail strike, Senate will vote next

WASHINGTON, D.C. (KVRR) — The U.S. House passed a resolution forcing unions to accept a tentative agreement reached earlier this year between railroad managers and their workers making a strike illegal. The House also passed a second bill providing seven days of paid sick leave to railroad workers. The two bills are heading to the Senate, which has until December…

ND Farm Bureau & ND Farmers Union against term limits measure

NORTH DAKOTA (KVRR) — North Dakota Farm Bureau and North Dakota Farmers Union are collaborating against an initiated measure for term limits for state leaders. If measure 1 passes, the constitutional amendment would limit the governor to two four-year terms in office and state legislators to eight years in the House and eight years in the Senate. As of now,…

North Dakota Farmers Union Concerned About Redistricting

BISMARCK, N.D. — A panel of North Dakota lawmakers has agreed to use the current number of legislators and the districts they represent as a template for redrawing new legislative boundaries. The redistricting committee began its task in Bismarck. When it’s finalized later this year, it likely will show urban areas gaining political strength in the Legislature, and rural parts…

Gov. Burgum addresses state agricultural leaders on severe drought conditions

Some of the hardest hit areas are farms that specialize in small grain crops.

NORTH DAKOTA (KVRR) — North Dakota’s severe drought conditions are causing hardships in the agriculture industry “Our two worst years were 1980 and 1988. It just never rained. We’ve had a little more rain on our farm than those two years, but I can equate this year to that,” Kevin Skunes from the North Dakota Corn Growers Association said. After…

USDA Moves Up Date For Haying & Grazing Prevented Plant Acres

23 North Dakota counties are eligible

WASHINGTON, D.C. — USDA is moving up the date for the haying and grazing of cover crops to September 1st in 23 North Dakota counties with a significant number of prevented plant acres. The counties cover the majority of the eastern half of the state and include Cass & Grand Forks. Eligible counties include: Barnes, Benson, Bottineau, Cass, Dickey, Eddy,…

30,000 Pounds of Pork Ribs Donated To Great Plains Food Bank

It completes a five-state giving spree of 150,000 pounds of pork

FARGO, N.D. — North Dakota Farmers Union is helping feed hungry families with a major donation. The union and Farmers Union Enterprises donating 30,000 pounds of pork ribs to Great Plains Food Bank in Fargo. It completes a five-state giving spree of 150,000 pounds of pork to food banks in South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Montana and North Dakota. Union president…

Farmers And Ranchers Are Getting Help Through Bill Passed By Senate

The House will vote on the bill on Friday. President Trump has said he will sign it.

NORTH DAKOTA – The bill provides $14 billion to reimburse the Commodity Credit Corporation which has been used to fund the Market Facilitation Program. It also provides $9.5 billion to support livestock, dairy and specialty crops that are being impacted due to COVID-19. North Dakota Farmers Union says it’s a step towards the right direction, but it’s hard to predict…

North Dakota Farmers Union Calls for Acceleration of MFP Payments

The NDFU President Mark Watne says farm families need the payments now.

JAMESTOWN, N.D.–The North Dakota Farmers Union called for acceleration of Market Facilitation Program payments to farmers impacted by the trade war with China on Wednesday. In August, farmers who enrolled in MFP received 50 percent of a calculated payment for crops covered under Title 1 of the Farm Bill. The USDA has said a second payment of 25 percent would…

North Dakota Farmers Union Motorcycle Unveiled on American Choppers

Courtesy: Discovery Channel/American ChoppersBISMARCK, N.D. –┬áNorth Dakota’s rich history in agriculture is displayed on a national scale. A motorcycle commissioned by the North Dakota Farmers Union is unveiled on Discovery Channel’s American Choppers. The family farms bike shows fields, machinery and barns. It’s complete with a trailer carrying food made by North Dakota farmers. North Dakota Farmers Union Mark Watne…