Union employees reach deal with American Crystal Sugar Company

The vote was held on Tuesday

MOORHEAD, Minn. (KVRR) — Union employees reach a new four-year collective bargaining agreement with American Crystal Sugar Company. The agreement increases wages by 17 percent over four years, enhances vacation and time-off, increases the pension payout, adds a new vision insurance plan and a $1,000 retention bonus. Lisa Borgen with American Crystal says, “We are very pleased to have reached…

Pet Connection: Meet Sugar

Sugar Is A Fun-Loving Bird With Lots Of Energy

  First, great news for our lovable friend Yanka from Homeward Animal Shelter. She found her forever home six days ago, just one day after being our Pet Connection darling. She’s a four-and-a-half year old Rottweiler who’s a big old sweetheart. She’s gonna make a wonderful social distancing buddy for her new owners. Congratulations to Yanka on finding her new…

President Trump Signs Massive Nearly $900 Billion Farm Bill

Senator John Hoeven says the bill maintains strong crop and sugar policies

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Trump was joined by the vice president and congressional leaders, including Congressman Collin Peterson, as he signed the new farm bill. The nearly $900 billion bill will fund key farm safety net programs for the next five years without making significant changes to the SNAP program which serves nearly 40 million low-income Americans. Senator John Hoeven says…

American Crystal Sugar, RRV Grower’s Association Meeting Provides Sugarbeet Industry Update

The sugar company wasn't able to harvest 2,200 of its 390,000

  FARGO, N.D. — More than 1,200 sugarbeet experts gather at the American Crystal Sugar and Red River Valley Sugarbeet Grower’s joint annual meeting. The weather hasn’t been much of a friend to farmers this year, which has ultimately impacted American Crystal Sugar. The company wasn’t able to harvest 2,200 of its 390,000 acres. “It’s painful for those who had to…

Pure honey & Maple Syrup soon to be labeled as having added sugars

The Food and Drug Administration will soon require pure honey and maple syrup to be labeled as having added sugars, and North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring believes the move will only confuse consumers. The FDA suggests producers also use a symbol after the amount of added sugars telling consumers where these sugars occur naturally. The American Honey Producers Association…

Senator Tina Smith Talks About The Importance Of A New Farm Bill

She Says Nutrition Programs Are Of Great Importance To Greater Minnesota

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senator Tina Smith is making work on the new Farm Bill one of her top priorities. The Democrat, who was appointed to fill Al Franken’s seat when he resigned, has set up an Ag Working Group. The group features more than two dozen people representing various sectors of the agriculture industry. Smith is on the Senate Agriculture…

Starbucks Unveils New Horchata Frappuccino

Horchata is a milk drink made popular in Mexico and Central America and it is spiced with cinnamon and vanilla

  NATIONAL — If you missed out on Starbucks’ Unicorn Frappuccino, then you’ll want to make sure to check out their new creation. Starbucks has begun selling their Horchata Almond Milk Frappuccino in their shops across the country and Canada. Horchata is a milk drink made popular in Mexico and Central America and it is spiced with cinnamon and vanilla….

Diabetes Alert Day: Are You at Risk?

Adults are urged to take an online rick test for Diabetes Alert Day

FARGO, N.D. — American Diabetes Association is sounding the alarm about the prevalence of type 2 diabetes in adults. Diabetes Alert Day is held on the last Tuesday of March every year as a wakeup call to find out about diabetes. A free anonymous risk test is available online and only takes about a minute to complete. With questions such as…