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Sen. Klobuchar Holds Virtual Roundtable On Minnesota Storm Damage and Federal Response

WASHINGTON (KVRR) — Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar says she believes the congressional delegation will be able to get federal help into the state as communities recover from severe storms, wind, and flooding. She held a virtual roundtable with leaders from Polk, Todd, Stevens and other counties to talk about the damage. The delegation is working with USDA and FEMA to…

Report: Trump officials, meat companies knew workers at risk

OMAHA, Neb. – During the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, the meat processing industry worked closely with political appointees in the Trump administration to stave off health restrictions and keep slaughterhouses open even as the virus spread rapidly among workers, according to a congressional report released Thursday. The report by the House’s Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis said…

More than 60 tons of ground beef recalled nationwide

The affected products were shipped nationwide

(USDA)(FOX) – Over 120,000 pounds of ground beef are being recalled over concerns that it might be contaminated with E. coli, according to federal health officials. New Jersey-based Lakeside Refrigerated Services’ recall covers approximately 120,872 pounds of ground beef products that were produced between February 1, 2022, through April 8, 2022, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety…

Minnesota farmer sentenced to prison for farm loan fraud

MINNEAPOLIS (KVRR) – A Slayton, Minnesota, man has been sentenced to 12 months in prison, three years of supervised release, and  ordered to pay restitution for converting collateral that secured loans from the U.S. Department of Agriculture U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger says 54-year-old Mark Alan Engelkes pledged 15,641 bushels of soybeans as collateral in order to obtain loan proceeds of…

Agriculture secretary expects meat prices to moderate

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) – Relief may be in sight for consumers who’ve been dealing with skyrocketing meat prices. Meat prices have climbed about 16% from a year ago. Beef prices are up about 20%. The Agriculture Department was recently ordered by the president to look more aggressively at possible violations of a federal law which was designed to protect consumers….

LIVE: ND Ag Lawyer Shares Story Of How She Helped Save Thousands Of Family Farms

Sarah Vogel's Memoir, "The Farmer's Lawyer" Is Out Now

  FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) — She’s a renowned ag lawyer who served as North Dakota’s ag commissioner. Now, she’s an author, recounting how she helped save thousands of family farms across the country. Sarah Vogel’s first book is a memoir titled The Farmer’s Lawyer. She tells the story of her legal fight against the USDA’s Farmers Home Administration in the…

USDA Authorizes Emergency Crop Insurance Procedures During Severe Drought

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Department of Agriculture has authorized emergency procedures and issued new flexibilities for crop insurance providers to help ensure quick and fair adjustments and payments to producers. It comes as they weather severe drought conditions. USDA is allowing insurance companies to accept delayed notices of loss in certain situations. They are also simplifying paperwork requirements for filing…

YMCA Hands Out Food Boxes to Families in Need

The YMCA handed out 1200 family-sized boxes of food at the West Acres Mall.

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) — The YMCA of Cass and Clay Counties is back at it again by giving out food to families in need. “We had one lady said that she just moved out of the homeless shelter and was moving into an apartment and this will be the first food she will put in her new apartment, so that…

Free food boxes available to families across the metro

Remaining boxes will be distributed Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

MOORHEAD, Minn. (KVRR) – The YMCA of Cass and Clay Counties is partnering with the USDA to help curb hunger in our region. As part of the Farmers to Families Food Box program, the YMCA is handing out over 2,600 family-sized food boxes. They are free and include fresh produce, dairy and meat products. The first distribution took place Tuesday…

Heitkamp Passed Over For Ag Secretary

Heidi Heitkamp/Tom VilsackWASHINGTON (KVRR) – Former North Dakota U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp is no long being considered for Agriculture Secretary. President-elect Joe Biden selected former Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to return to the spot he held during the Obama administration. Vilsack spent eight years as head of USDA and served two terms as Iowa governor. Biden nominated Ohio Rep. Marcia…