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Dispute Over USDA Relief Payments Between North & South

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A nonpartisan report from the US Government Accountability Office reveals that Southern states have been receiving more in payouts from the USDA Market Facilitation Program than other regions. Farmers in states like Minnesota and North Dakota received on average between $29,000 and $36,000 in payouts from the program. In states like Georgia and Arizona, those payouts ranged…

Sen. Smith concerned USDA moved funds that help minority & veteran farmers

WASHINGTON – Minnesota¬†Senator Tina Smith demands answers after she says the Department of Agriculture is moving funds from a program supporting producers who are veterans and from diverse backgrounds. The Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Program aims to reverse disparities for historically underserved communities. It funds outreach and technical assistance programs through community organizations,…

Fargo Public Schools Outlines Plan To Ensure Students Receive Meals

The district is set to start on September 2nd with Hybrid learning.

FARGO, N.D. – Fargo Public Schools is not only ensuring that students receive the best education amid a pandemic, but also making sure they have full tummies while doing so. “With the pandemic, we know that households may be struggling even more, and that’s why it’s still important that we provide these meal services to those students,” Nutrition Service Director…

Minnesota Turkey Growers Asking For COVID-19 Relief Funding

The turkey industry supports 26-thousand jobs in Minnesota bringing in more than 800 million dollars in economic activity.

MINNESOTA – Minnesota turkey growers and producers are feeling the sting as COVID-19 is causing producers to slow down production. “It’s been a challenge. It’s added costs to our situation, and in our case as a grower co-op, it’s the independent growers that are affected because they own the plant,” Former Chairman of the National Turkey Federation John Burkel said….

Food Safety For The Fourth

Make Sure Your Cookout Is Clean

  If you’re planning a 4th of July cookout, make sure you’re keeping your food safe. The USDA is stressing the importance of food safety as more people turn to home cookouts during COVID-19. Some of the best tips to follow this weekend are keeping raw meat away from prepared food, checking to make sure your meat is hot enough…

Great Plains Food Bank Continues Farmers to Families Food Box Distribution

According to Great Plains Food Bank, during the pandemic, they have seen a 44% increase in demand for food bank services.

FARGO, N.D. – The Great Plains Food Bank is continuing it’s distribution of meals through the Farmers to Families Food Box program by the USDA. The program helps bring food from farms that aren’t able to sell all of their produce to food banks across the country during the Coronavirus crisis. According to Great Plains Food Bank, during the pandemic,…

LIVE: Great Plains Food Bank Partnering With USDA To Bring 1 Million Lbs. Of Food To People In Need

Farmers To Families Food Box Program Helps Farmers Hit By COVID-19 Find Use For Crops They Can't Sell

  The Great Plains Food Bank could be coming to a town near you with a truck full of food that helps people in need and farmers around the country during COVID-19. The food bank is partnering with the USDA for the Farmers to Families Food Box Program. Farmers who saw their sales drop during the pandemic are supplying Great…

$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…