Protect Your Farm/Ranch From COVID-19

The agriculture and food industries have been deemed essential services, and reducing the risk of contracting an illness such as COVID-19 is important to maintaining farm and ranch operations. Here are 10 ways from NDSU Extension that farmers and ranchers can protect themselves, their families and others from COVID-19: Wash your hands often. Use hand […]

Pantry Items to Pair with Beans

If you’re cooking from a well-stocked pantry, you may be eating more beans than ever. To keep meal preparation simple and varied, make sure your pantry is also stocked with these shelf-stable ingredients that enhance bean dishes. Canned tomatoes and tomato sauce: Simmer canned or cooked beans in any type of tomato sauce for a […]

Paycheck Protection Program Funds Replenished via CARES Act 3.5

President Donald Trump signed a $484 billion coronavirus aid package. The legislation replenishes $310 billion for the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program. The package also allows farmers to be eligible for Economic Injury Disaster Loans and the Emergency Economic Assistance Grant program. Get more information here.

Food Aid Outlook

The Coronavirus pandemic is having a significant impact on food assistance programs and on global child nutrition. U.S. dry beans are shipped to numerous countries around the world, as they are a staple of many diets and prized for their nutritious value. Nearly 1.5 billion children – more than half of the world’s student population […]

USDA Announces Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

On April 17, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue unveiled the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. This new program takes several actions to assist farmers, ranchers, and consumers in response to the COVID-19 national emergency. President Donald Trump directed USDA to craft this $19 billion immediate relief program to provide critical support to producers, maintain the integrity of […]

ND Dept. of Ag Offering Letters for Essential Workers

Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring is providing letters to critical and essential agriculture businesses for verification purposes in response to requests for being identified as such. The list of essential members of the food and agriculture workforce released by the Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) are vital to the continuous availability […]

SBA Unable to Process Further PPP Applications

The Small Business Administration is unable to accept new applications at this time for the Paycheck Protection Program or the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)-COVID-19 related assistance program (including EIDL Advances) based on available appropriations funding. EIDL applicants who have already submitted their applications will continue to be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. To […]

Home Activities with Beans

The first edition of a new weekly activity newsletter features beans as the hero ingredient for pantry-based, kitchen science, fun food facts, exercises and step-by-step cooking skills to practice and master. Discover the newsletter here. 

President Trump Pledges Support for Agriculture

President Donald Trump went on-air and online to show his support for farmers Thursday. Comments were made during the White House news briefing on coronavirus. “We have money going out to our farmers in the pretty near future,” said Trump. “Farmers got hurt very badly by all of this; we’re going to be helping out […]

ND Governor Grants COVID-19 Executive Orders

North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum issued an executive order suspending the April 1 expiration date for commercial, public and private pesticide applicator certifications. This will continue for the duration of the coronavirus. Applicators and dealers certified through April 1 will have until the end of the public health emergency to take a refresher training to […]