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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…

Funding Available For Cover Crops On Damaged Farmland

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – The federal Natural Resources Conservation Service is providing money to plant cover crops on damaged farmland. The aid is aimed at recovery work on cropland directly affected by the severe weather in March. The highest priority cropland includes land that can’t be planted with a cash crop and/or can’t be harvested this year. Experts say cover crops…

USDA to Temporarily Reopen FSA Offices during Government Shutdown

Offices across the country will be open Thursday, Friday, and the following Tuesday

FARGO, N.D. — For some producers, financial support from the Farm Service Agency (FSA) is essential towards keeping their farms afloat. “They need those funds if they’re going to farm this next year and if you’re delaying processing of loans all the way into May or June or July, creditors are sitting on the sidelines maybe not wanting to take a…

USDA Plan to Help Farmers Hurt By Tariffs With $12 Billion Plan

WASHINGTON – The Agriculture Department announces a $12 billion short-term plan to help farmers hurt by tariffs. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue says the plan will help farmers deal with the cost of what he calls “disruptive markets.” It comes as trading partners like China retaliate for President Trump’s tariffs on imports. The plan involves direct payments to farmers, the purchase of…

USDA Cites NDSU For Violating Animal Welfare Act

PETA Wants USDA To Issue Fines

FARGO, N.D. — PETA is calling on the USDA to fine NDSU for the deaths of research animals. The university was cited after an inspection in May for violating the Animal Welfare Act. According to USDA records, eleven lambs died from trauma after being confined to a small pen with more than 200 other sheep. In another incident, pigs died…

Farmers Will Get To Tell Ag Secretary Perdue What They Want In A Farm Bill

The Agriculture Secretary Will Visit North Dakota Next Week

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue is coming to North Dakota next week. His visit is at the invitation of Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee Chairman Senator John Hoeven. Perdue will meet with local producers to discuss their priorities for the upcoming farm bill and planting season. He’ll also address how the USDA can best help the industry to overcome challenges…

Drought Conditions Worsen In North Dakota

Additional CRP Lands Have Been Opened To Ranchers And Producers

Drought Map July 20, 2017FARGO, ND — The drought conditions in western North Dakota aren’t getting any better. More than 6 percent of the state is now listed in the “exceptional”, or highest, drought category. Much of the rest of western North Dakota is in either severe or extreme drought. And much of eastern North Dakota is in moderate drought…

Drought Conditions Are Expanding In The Region

Extreme Drought In Much of South-central North Dakota

The areas of severe and extreme drought are expanding across south-central North Dakota. This is the latest drought monitor map from the USDA. The counties in red are in the extreme drought category with persistent hot and dry conditions. In the east: the counties in brown and yellow, are seeing abnormally dry to moderate drought conditions. In Minnesota: Clay, Norman,…

U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Bringing Assistance to Livestock Producers in Wake of Drought

Senator Heitkamp got the reassurances during a senate hearing

NORTH DAKOTA — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is providing additional assistance for livestock producers dealing with the ongoing drought. The USDA has expanded emergency grazing on land enrolled in the CRP, including those counties where drought conditions are moderate. The agency says the authorization includes any county in which any part of its border lies within 150 miles of…

What is a Hardiness Zone?

Gardening in a Colder Climate

Meteorologist Scott Sincoff takes a look at what Hardiness Zones are and how they impact people in the Red River Valley: Categories: Weather Blog, Weather Notes Tags: CLIMATE, cold, crop, crops, farming, gardening, growing season, hardiness, hardiness zone, usda, weather, ZONE