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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…

Sen. Smith Discusses One Health Bill, Possible Trump Impeachment Proceedings

WASHINGTON – Minnesota Sen. Tina Smith introduces a bill for a one health approach. It’s an idea that human and animal health are linked and should be studied together to prevent disease outbreaks. Smith says the Department of Agriculture has a group that has already taken a one health approach. She wants them to combine its efforts with the Centers…

USDA: Wet Weather Causes Lowest Corn Crop in Four Years

Farmers say they're hoping for favorable conditions during the summer

NORTH DAKOTA — A new report shows farmers across the country aren’t growing as much corn because of the wet weather this spring. The USDA says our country’s corn crop is the lowest it’s been in four years. “This spring has just been a gut punch to the farmers,” Jean Henning, executive director of the North Dakota Corn Council, said. Randy…

USDA Plan Pays Farmers $16 Billion Amid China Trade War

WASHINGTON – The Department of Agriculture announces a plan to provide $16 billion to help farmers impacted by the trade war with China. It gives $14.5 billion in direct payments to producers covering commodities like soybeans, wheat, corn and canola. Nearly $1.5 billion will go toward buying surplus goods like beef, pork and poultry. The plan also gives $100 million toward…