sugar beets

Sen. John Hoeven Announces Funding For Sugar Beet Farmers

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FARGO, N.D. — North Dakota Senator John Hoeven secured a major helping hand for farmers. The Republican announces over a quarter of a billion dollars in disaster assistance. The money will go towards assisting sugar beet farmers across the country following a historically bad growing season. The funds are a part of the additional 1.5 billion dollars in disaster assistance…

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…

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…

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…

LIVE: BĒT Vodka Turns Red River Sugar Beets Into Spirits

Minneapolis-Based Vodka Uses Local Beets For Unique Spirit

  Ben Brueshoff, founder of BĒT Vodka, joins both Adam and Emily because they both wanted in on this segment. BĒT Vodka is a Minneapolis-based spirit that’s been out for about two years. It’s pronounced “beet”, as in sugar beet. That’s because the vodka is made from sugar beets grown right here in the Red River Valley. Brueshoff says the vodka…

Serious Injuries After Sugar Beet Trucks Collide In Felton

Clay County Sheriff's Lt. Mark Empting says the collision happened around 6:30 a.m. Friday at the intersection on County Road 34.

CLAY COUNTY, N.D. (KFGO) – Two people were seriously injured in the crash of two sugar beet trucks west of Felton. Clay County Sheriff’s Lt. Mark Empting says the collision happened around 6:30 a.m. Friday at the intersection on County Road 34. One of the drivers was airlifted to a Fargo hospital. The other was taken by ambulance. One truck…