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$14 Billion in Additional Aid Secured for Agriculture Industry

UNITED STATES – The farming industry is getting some much needed relief through new funds being made available through the Commodity Credit Corporation. An additional $14 billion¬† will be made available to farmers, producers, and ranchers. That is in addition to the $16 billion that was secured for farmer aid from the CARES act. The USDA is hoping to start…

U.S. Senators Join Forces To Call For Meat Price Fixing Investigation

North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem and ten other state attorneys general earlier called for an investigation

WASHINGTON, D.C. — North Dakota leaders are continuing to push for an investigation into price fixing in the cattle industry. Senator Deb Fischer of Nebraska and 18 Senate colleagues, including North Dakota Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer, are working together. They wrote a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice requesting they investigate potential anti-competitive activities in the beef…

Coronavirus relief coming for farmers Rep. Peterson says

WASHINGTON – Callers in Minnesota Congressman Collin Peterson’s telephone town hall are worried farmers aren’t getting enough Coronavirus relief. The Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program offers loans to keep companies afloat. However, it’s only available to businesses with employees. Congressman Peterson says the House is looking to pass a bill Friday with a provision from the SBA to make…

USDA Provides Loans and Grants to help ‘ReConnect’ Rural North Dakota

The grants are part of the ReConnect pilot program, which will provide $23 million in grants and loans to rural North Dakota telecom cooperatives to expand their coverage to cover nearly 2000 miles of un-serviced land.

FARGO, N.D. – Over 2,000 households are set to receive gigabit internet access after grants from the USDA will help expand fiber projects in rural North Dakota. The grants are part of the ReConnect pilot program, which will provide $23 million in grants and loans to rural North Dakota telecom cooperatives to expand their coverage to cover nearly 2000 miles…

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…

USDA Official To Meet With Local Producers During Stops in Red River Valley

Bill Northey will tour farming conditions And Appear At Two Events

FARGO, N.D. — USDA Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation Bill Northey will tour farming conditions in the region tomorrow. He will also appear at two events for producers. The first will take place at 9:30 a.m. at the Argusville Community Center. The second will be held at 2 p.m. at the Hjemkomst Center in Moorhead. Northey is in…

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…

WHIP+ Program Could Help Producers Dealing With Weather-Related Losses

Counties with a presidential or secretarial disaster declaration are automatically eligible

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Producers impacted by the early blizzard could be getting some help under what’s called the WHIP+ program. Legislation passed in May included more than $3 billion for USDA to cover crop losses stemming from 2018 and 2019 disasters. Coverage for losses due to excessive moisture and snowfall are covered under what’s called the Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity…

U.S. Farm Industry Drowning in Debt

UNITED STATES – Government numbers show just how much farmers are struggling. USDA information shows the U.S. agriculture industry is more than $426 billion in debt. The average farm was $1.3 million in debt in 2017 according to Nebraska Farm Business. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue says net farm income has also dropped by nearly half since its peak six…