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Supreme Court Sides with Businesses and U.S. Government in Information Fight

The Supreme Court ruled against a South Dakota newspaper that was seeking information about the government's food assistance program.

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court is siding with businesses and the U.S. government in a ruling about the public’s access to information. The high court ruled Monday against a South Dakota newspaper that was seeking information about the government’s food assistance program, previously known as food stamps. The Argus Leader newspaper wanted to know how much money goes annually to…

Growing Number of People Relying on Local Food Pantries

Some attribute the rise to population growth and affordable food programs they have

FARGO, N.D. — There has been a steady increase of people in the F–M area using food pantries this year to last. Ever since she started volunteering at the Emergency Food Pantry five years ago, Valerie Hanson says she’s recently seen the hallways become more crowded. “We’re busier during the day and it seems like people, they realize that it’s not…

Massive Farm Bill Is Passed By Congress, President Trump Is Expected To Sign It

The bill includes safety nets for producers and funding for the SNAP program

WASHINGTON — The massive nearly $900 billion farm bill is headed to President Trump. Senator John Hoeven of North Dakota chaired the Senate vote and said, “The vote on the conference committee report is 87 yea 13 nay. The conference report is agreed to.” The Senate passed the bill yesterday and this afternoon it passed the House. Senator Hoeven is chairman of…

Senate Passes Massive $867 Billion Farm Bill, Now Headed To The House

The mammoth package will fund key farm safety net programs for the next five years

WASHINGTON — The Senate has passed a massive new farm bill and it’s now headed to the House. The measure bears a price tag of $867 billion over 10 years. The bill passed in the Senate on a bipartisan vote of 87-13. The mammoth package will fund key farm safety net programs for the next five years without making significant changes…

“Agreement In Principal” Reached On New Farm Bill On Capitol Hill

Sen. Amy Klobuchar: "my hope is that we can get this done in the next week"

WASHINGTON, D.C. — There is progress on Capitol Hill on the farm bill. The top four congressional negotiators of the massive, must-pass farm bill announced an “agreement in principle”, paving the way for passage by the end of the year. While details of the deal were not released, it has been confirmed that stricter work requirements for SNAP, the food stamp…

Farmers, SNAP Recipients Applaud Senate Farm Bill

The bill is bipartisan

FARGO, N.D. — The Senate Agriculture Committee passed the Farm Bill on Wednesday. In addition to farmers, the measure will have a huge impact on those who are part of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance, or SNAP, program. More than 54,000 people in North Dakota rely on SNAP program benefits, including Ricky Belgarde’s family. “We’ve use it our whole lives. Being a…

Food Commission Discusses Bringing SNAP Benefits to Farmers’ Markets

Commission members say one of the biggest challenges is getting connected

FARGO, N.D. — The Cass Clay Food Commission met to discuss how federal nutrition programs, like SNAP, which used to be called food stamps, could be used at farmers’ markets. “The SNAP participant being able to go to a farmers’ market and being able to participate in that community. It’s inclusivity of people who are lower income, and who often are…

Great Plains Food Bank Announces Ending Hunger 2.0 Initiative

Great Plains Food Bank partners with Sanford Hospital

FARGO, N.D.– Ending Hunger 2.0 is the Great Plains Food Bank’s newest initiative. They’re doing more than just providing food, but tackling other issues as well. This program is the first of its kind in the country. “We stopped and said, ‘if we’re truly going to end hunger, we know that food boxes are just a band–aid solution.’ What we really…

Carson Wentz Announces Beginning of New Foundation

FARGO, ND — Former NDSU superstar Carson Wentz isn’t wasting any time when it comes to giving back to the community. The Philadelphia Eagles quarterback is underway with his AO1 Foundation. AO1 stands for “Audience of One,” where Wentz is hoping to emphasize what he calls the three greatest passions in his life: Helping underprivileged youth, hunting and the outdoors,…