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Warren, Minn., to get $400,000 in USDA funds

July 25, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Small businesses and the public library in Warren, Minn., are getting a nearly $400,000 boost from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Of that amount, $363,000 will go to a program that offers low-interest loans to area businesses. Another $33,000 will go toward an expansion of the Godel Memorial Library. Continue Reading

Former N.D. governor Ed Schafer honored with portrait in Washington

April 28, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Former North Dakota Gov. Ed Schafer, the 29th U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, was honored Friday with the unveiling of his official portrait at USDA headquarters in Washington. Schafer was sworn in as agriculture secretary Jan. 28, 2008, and served during the final year of President George W. Bush’s administration. Schafer served as North Dakota’s governor from 1992 to 2000. Continue Reading

Schafer’s portrait to be unveiled

April 24, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Former ND governor will be honored April 27Former North Dakota Gov. Ed Schafer, the 29th U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, will be honored at the unveiling of his official portrait on April 27, at an afternoon ceremony and invitation-only reception in the Whitten Building Patio, at the headquarters of the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C. Continue Reading

Officials to tour 12 N.D. communities

January 8, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development officials are conducting a tour of a dozen North Dakota communities. Continue Reading

USDA cuts grain crop estimates sharply

September 30, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

The U.S. Department of Agriculture today sharply cut its estimates of the small grains crop, more than the market was expecting and well below USDA’s projections made last month. Some of the biggest reductions were in the North Dakota crop estimates, where spring wheat output was pegged 24 percent below the August 1 forecast, to 173 million bushels, a figure which is 38 percent less than last year’s spring wheat production. Continue Reading

USDA cuts grain crop estimates sharply

September 30, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

The U.S. Department of Agriculture today sharply cut its estimates of the small grains crop, more than the market was expecting and well below USDA’s projections made last month. Some of the biggest reductions were in the North Dakota crop estimates, where spring wheat output was pegged 24 percent below the August 1 forecast, to 173 million bushels, a figure which is 38 percent less than last year’s spring wheat production. Continue Reading

September crop prices down in North Dakota

September 29, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

North Dakota farmers received less money for their crops in September compared to last month. Continue Reading

Kids say ‘potato’ and USDA says ‘poh-tay-NO’

September 26, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Valley has stake in proposal’s outcome
New guidelines from the U.S. Department of Agriculture would eliminate potatoes altogether from school breakfasts and drastically reduce the amount of potatoes served in lunches. Continue Reading

Weather favors beans, spuds harvest

September 26, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Fields of soybeans and dry edible beans were finally reaped over the weekend, with combines running up and down the Red River Valley on Monday.
About a quarter of the potatoes were dug by Sunday, according to the weekly survey of county extension agents by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Fargo and St. Paul offices. Continue Reading

USDA to release much-awaited wheat, durum report Thursday

August 10, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

As the spring wheat and durum harvest gets underway belatedly, farmers and the markets finally will find out how much of the crops didn’t get planted during this difficult seeding season. Continue Reading