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North Dakota corn bushels from 2016 could affect corn prices
BISMARCK, N.D. - North Dakota farmers have sold a lot of corn, but the amount of crop left after last year's record production could wreak havoc on local prices. The Bismarck Tribune reports the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimated in March that 215 million bushels of corn w...
June 27, 2017

South Dakota Crop Condition Ratings Decline Slightly
UNDATED - For the week ending Sunday, crop condition ratings declined slightly for all commodities following a mostly dry week, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. The condition of range and pasturelands were also rated lower as drought conditions pe...
June 27, 2017

South Dakota Layers Total 2.8 Million in May
UNDATED - All layers in South Dakota during May 2017 totaled 2.80 million, up from 2.05 million the previous year, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service.South Dakota egg production during May totaled 67.7 million eggs, up from 50.1 million in 2016. May ...
June 27, 2017

R-CALF USA to Testify at USTR NAFTA Hearing
BILLINGS, Mont. - R-CALF USA CEO Bill Bullard is scheduled to testify before a hearing of the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) on Tuesday to discuss his group's recommendations on how to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).In prepared remarks s...
June 27, 2017

Governor's Agriculture Summit Features Business Succession Planning Panel Discussion
BROOKINGS, S.D. - Jack Davis, SDSU Extension Crops Business Management Field Specialist will be among the panelists discussing business succession planning July 13 during the 2017 Governor's Agricultural Summit, July 12 and 13, at the Dakota Event Center in Aberdeen. To r...
June 26, 2017

SDSU South East Research Farm Summer research Day is July 11, 2017
BROOKINGS, S.D. - SDSU's Southeast Research Farm will host Summer Research Day July 11, 2017 from 1:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the farm located at 29974 University Road, Beresford.  The Research Day will features field tours and indoor presentation highlighting topics...
June 26, 2017

Governor's Agriculture Summit Features Business Succession Planning Panel Discussion
BROOKINGS, S.D. - Jack Davis, SDSU Extension Crops Business Management Field Specialist will be among the panelists discussing business succession planning July 13 during the 2017 Governor's Agricultural Summit, July 12 and 13, at the Dakota Event Center in Aberdeen. To r...
June 25, 2017

RCALF-USA applauds decision to halt imports of fresh Brazilian beef
Billings, Mont. - R-CALF USA CEO Bill Bullard issued the following statement following Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue's announcement that he is halting imports of fresh Brazilian beef.   "We applaud Secretary Perdue's decision to halt imports of fresh Brazilian beef bu...
June 23, 2017

State positioned for growth in biotechnology
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Experts say South Dakota's agri-business strengths and its emerging health care sector puts the state in a great position for growth in the biotechnology industry. Dr. Christoph Bausch with SAB Biotherapeutics says biotechnology in South Dakota is small, but...
June 22, 2017

S.D. Farmers Union Requests Release of CRP Acres for Livestock Feed
HURON, S.D. - South Dakota Farmers Union joins with other drought-stricken states in requesting that Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres be released for livestock owners to utilize as forage to feed their animals.   "This drought is a natural disaster - creating ...
June 21, 2017

S.D. Storms, Some Severe, Deliver Needed Precipitation
UNDATED - For the week ending Sunday, showers and thunderstorms early in the week brought much needed precipitation to parts of the State, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Localized damage from wind and hail were reported as some storms turned sev...
June 20, 2017

United States Farmers File Suit to Require Country-of-Origin Labeling on Meat Products
BILLINGS, Mont. - The Ranchers-Cattlemen Legal Action Fund, United Stockgrowers of America (R-CALF USA) and Cattle Producers of Washington (CPoW) have filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington Monday against the U.S. Department of ...
June 20, 2017

Natural Resources are the Ranch Foundation during Drought
BROOKINGS, S.D. - Drought is here for many cattle producers across South Dakota. With drought come many difficult decisions. At this difficult time, along with their cattle herd, Sean Kelly, SDSU Extension Range Management Field Specialist urges ranchers to consider the natu...
June 19, 2017

Pollinator Week is June 19-25 in South Dakota
PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed June 19-25, 2017, as Pollinator Week in South Dakota. South Dakota is one of the top five honey producing states in the U.S. The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) handles registration and inspection of honey be...
June 19, 2017

Proposed hog operations spark concern in South Dakota county
YANKTON, S.D. - Residents in southeast South Dakota are raising concerns about seven proposed hog operations that have been recommended for conditional-use permits. The Yankton Press & Dakotan  reports that about 100 people attended a six-hour session Tuesday where the ...
June 16, 2017

North Dakota soybean plant developer seeks more investors
JAMESTOWN, N.D. — Developers of a $240 million soybean processing plant in North Dakota are seeking more investors. Minnesota Soybean Processors is investing $60 million in the plant to be built near Spiritwood and will serve as the company's managing member. North Dako...
June 15, 2017

S.D. Winter Wheat Acres Down 39 Percent from 2016
UNDATED- Based on June 1 conditions, South Dakota's 2017 winter wheat crop is forecast at 39.0 million bushels, down 39 percent from last year's crop, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Average yield is forecast at 50 bushels per acre, down 8 bushel...
June 13, 2017

Preventing Wildfires on the Farm and Ranch
UNDATED - Because of dry conditions across much of the state, the South Dakota Department of Agriculture's Wildland Fire Division (SDWF) urges farmers and ranchers to be prepared in case a wildfire starts while they are baling."Fire safety in the field has two key components -- p...
June 13, 2017

Hot temps, strong winds exacerbate drought in South Dakota
UNDATED - For the week ending Sunday, portions of South Dakota received much needed precipitation late in the week, according to USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. A line of severe thunderstorms affected parts of central and east central South Dakota early Sunday. R...
June 13, 2017

Heat Stress Preparations for Feedlot Cattle
BROOKINGS, S.D. - Summer heat waves pose a serious danger to cattle in feedlots. "Not only is there elevated risk of death loss but there is also the reduction in performance and efficiency to consider," said Warren Rusche, SDSU Extension Beef Feedlot Management Associa...
June 12, 2017

Wheat Growers Names Tracy Linbo as Senior Vice President of Agronomy
ABERDEEN, S.D. - South Dakota Wheat Growers has hired Tracy Linbo as Senior Vice President of Agronomy. Linbo joins Wheat Growers after having served 10 years at DuPont Pioneer where she most recently has held the position of Director, Global Strategy Planning. “The additi...
June 12, 2017

SDSU Extension will Host Cattle AI School June 26, 27 and 28 Near Philip
BROOKINGS, S.D. - SDSU Extension will host a three-day artificial insemination (AI) school beginning 12:30 p.m. (MST) June 26, 2017 at SDSU Cottonwood Livestock and Range Field Station, near Philip (23738 Fairview Rd.). This event is limited to 20 participants. To reserve...
June 12, 2017

SDSU Extension Feed & Forage Finder Connects Livestock Producers with Resources
BROOKINGS, S.D. - SDSU Extension Forage Finder connects livestock producers with forage suppliers. A much needed resource when forage supplies are tight due to current drought conditions across many areas of the state. "Connecting those with hay and forage resources to se...
June 12, 2017

SD Stockgrowers Support Water Legislation without Amendment
RAPID CITY, S.D. - South Dakota Stockgrowers Association Board of Directors voted this week to continue support for the bill granting landowners the right to limit access to their private property.  They did not endorse the amendment which bars private landowners from chargi...
June 10, 2017

Beef Jerky Day to be celebrated Monday, June 12
UNDATED - The Beef Checkoff Program has identified a novel way to help celebrate Beef Jerky Day June 12, with some powerful support from state beef councils. That day, state beef council staffs will deliver beef jerky bouquets created by the beef checkoff to news personalities at...
June 10, 2017

Prairie Dog Control Programs Available through August 15
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Departments of Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) and Agriculture (SDDA) want to remind South Dakota ranchers and producers to contact either department regarding prairie dog encroachment issues. “Assistance is available to private landowners ...
June 7, 2017

Spring Wheat Emerging, But Looking for Moisture
UNDATED - Nearly 90 percent of the U.S. spring wheat crop has emerged, ahead of the average pace of 85 percent. Emergence lags behind average in Montana at 78 percent, but is above average in the other main producing states. Crop condition ratings declined this week as hot, dry, ...
June 7, 2017

R-CALF USA Seeks U.S. Probe into JBS Corruption Scandal
BILLINGS, Mont. - R-CALF USA sent a comprehensive, 11-page request to President Trump, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue for a full investigation and strict antitrust enforcement action in t...
June 7, 2017

June is Dairy Month in South Dakota
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota dairy industry contributes to the economy both locally and statewide. In recognition of those contributions, Gov. Dennis Daugaard has declared June as “Dairy Month” in South Dakota. “South Dakota dairy farmers are an import...
June 7, 2017

Livestock Grazing Starts on the Black Hills National Forest
CUSTER, S.D. - Forest visitors this summer may see livestock grazing on the Black Hills National Forest. Since 1905, the U.S. Congress has authorized regulated livestock grazing through permits on National Forest System Lands. On the Black Hills National Forest, there are approx...
June 7, 2017

Heat lamp blamed for fire that killed baby pheasants, eggs
WAGNER, S.D. - A heat lamp is believed to be the cause of a rural Wagner building fire that killed about 200 baby pheasants and other birds. The Daily Republic reports that the Monday fire was in a building owned by a man who raises upland game birds such as partridge, quail and...
June 7, 2017

Crop Report: S.D. Gets Mostly Dry Conditions Across State
UNDATED - For the week ending Sunday, mostly dry conditions prevailed in South Dakota, according to USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Temperatures were near or above normal across the State with spotty rainfall in western counties. Soil moisture ratings continued t...
June 6, 2017

June Dairy Month: Unleash the Power of Dairy Nutrition
BROOKINGS, S.D. - June is Dairy Month which means there's no better time to celebrate dairy farmers and the delicious dairy products they bring from the farm to your refrigerator. "Thanks to their hard work, you're able to unleash the power of dairy nutrition," said Ann...
June 5, 2017

Register Now for Summer Sunflower Seminar
UNDATED - Registration is open online at www.sunflowernsa.com/events/2017-NSA-Summer-Seminar/ for the 2017 National Sunflower Assoiation Summer Seminar. This year's Summer Seminar is the 35th annual event. It will be held June 27-29 at the Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn in Rapid City...
June 5, 2017

Study: Focus on Elk in Yellowstone Brucellosis Fight
UNDATED - A new study says wildlife managers should worry more about elk than bison as they seek to reduce the transmission of brucellosis to cattle in the area around Yellowstone National Park.Brucellosis has been eradicated from the United States with the exception of areas in ...
June 5, 2017

Scotty Philip's Buffalo Herd' Photos at Heritage Center
UNDATED - "Scotty Philip's Buffalo Herd" is the new photo display in the Education Room of the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.The display, expected to be up through the end of the year, features 11 images, found in the archival collections of the South Dakota State Historical...
May 31, 2017

South Dakota Cattle on Feed Down 4 Percent
UNDATED - South Dakota feedlots, with capacities of 1,000 or more head, contained 255,000 cattle on feed on May 1, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. This inventory was down 4 percent from last year.Placements during April totaled 34,000 head, up 42...
May 31, 2017

Seasonable Temperatures Return to South Dakota
UNDATED - For the week ending Sunday, below normal temperatures continued for many parts of the State, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Patchy frost was reported in central counties as overnight temperatures fell below freezing Wednesday morning. ...
May 31, 2017

Honeybee losses improve
WASHINGTON (AP) – A U.S. survey of beekeepers finds hope for America's ailing honeybees as winter losses were the lowest in more than a decade. The annual survey released Thursday found beekeepers lost 21 percent of their colonies over last winter. That's the lowest winte...
May 25, 2017

Wet, cool weather slows field work
UNDATED - For the week ending Sunday, cool, wet weather limited fieldwork across parts of South Dakota, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Daytime high temperatures were 15 to 20 degrees below normal for many locations during the latter half of the ...
May 23, 2017

South Dakota Layers Total 2.75 Million in April
UNDATED - All layers in South Dakota during April 2017 totaled 2.75 million, up from 1.98 million the previous year, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service.South Dakota egg production during April totaled 66 million eggs, up from 47 million in 2016. Apri...
May 23, 2017

Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week in South Dakota
UNDATED - Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed May 21-27 as Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week in South Dakota.While it has not yet been discovered in South Dakota, there is concern about the potential introduction of the destructive insect. The ash tree species are commonly used as...
May 23, 2017


BISMARCK, N.D. - North Dakota's Agriculture Department has scheduled this year's round of Project Safe Send chemical collections. The program gives farmers, ranchers, pesticide handlers, government agencies and homeowners a way to dispose of unusable herbicides, insecticides, ro...
May 22, 2017

New generation of cattlemen buy into auction market business
FAITH, SD – An eye for good cattle and a strong belief in price discovery the auction way proved to be a good match for both the seller and the buyer, as the Vance family of Faith Livestock Commission Company announced the sale of the business at their May 15th sale. Stand...
May 16, 2017

North Dakota cattle producers heartened by trade deal
BISMARCK, N.D. - North Dakota cattle producers are cheering the latest industry development - the reopening of the Chinese market to U.S. beef. China is one of the world's largest importers of beef. The country has been closed to U.S. producers for 13 years after mad cow disease...
May 15, 2017

South Dakota company still raising money for ethanol plant
ONIDA, S.D. - A South Dakota company is still working to raise enough money to build a $150 million ethanol plant just south of Onida. The Capital Journal reports that Ringneck Energy CEO Walt Wendland says the company finally has one or two investors willing to give the last p...
May 15, 2017

Getting Cows in Synch: Synchronization Protocols for Cows
BROOKINGS, S.D. - The Beef Reproductive Task Force has released its 2017 recommended synchronization protocols for beef producers. "These recommendations are designed to optimize pregnancy rates," said Taylor Grussing, SDSU Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist.   Recomme...
May 12, 2017

Thune Statement on U.S. Department of Agriculture Reorganization
WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) today issued the following statement after U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue announced several areas of reorganization within the department, including the creation of undersecretary for trade and foreign...
May 12, 2017

SDDA-Avoid Pesticide Drift During Spraying Season
PIERRE, SD – The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) would like to remind pesticide applicators of drift risk during this spraying season. Applicators should prevent risk of drift to non-target areas or susceptible crops and should evaluate factors such as wind s...
May 12, 2017

NCBA pleased with China import decision
WASHINGTON - National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President Craig Uden today issued the following statement regarding the announcement from the White House that an agreement has been reached that will restore U.S. beef access to China:   “After being locked ou...
May 12, 2017

Dakotas winter wheat crops forecast to be down significantly
FARGO, N.D. - This year's winter wheat crops in the Dakotas are forecast to be down significantly from last year. The Agriculture Department forecasts North Dakota's production to be down 50 percent, to about 2.9 million bushels. The main reason is fewer acres for harvest. In S...
May 11, 2017

Better Weather Yields Progress Planting Wheat
UNDATED - Weather conditions last week were much more conducive to planting as warm, windy conditions allowed fields to dry out and pushed along emergence. Planting of the U.S. spring wheat crop is now 54 percent complete, only slightly behind the average of 60 percent. Planting ...
May 10, 2017

Rounds, colleagues request FSA loan funding
UNDATED - A group of 28 U.S. Senators, including South Dakota's Mike Rounds and John Thune, are asking members of the Senate Ag Appropriations Subcommittee to support the Farm Service Agency's various loan programs. In a letter drafted by Sen. Gary Peters of Michigan, the lawmake...
May 10, 2017

S.D. Begins Week with Snow and Ends in Low 90s
UNDATED - For the week ending Sunday, planting progress advanced on warmer, drier weather, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. A week beginning with rain and snow in some locations ended with daytime highs in the 80s and low 90s statewide. While plan...
May 9, 2017

Faith Fifth Grader Wins South Dakota Arbor Day Poster Contest
PIERRE, S.D. – Elora Gould, a fifth grade student at Faith Elementary School, is the winner of the 2017 South Dakota Arbor Day Poster Contest. The annual Arbor Day Poster Contest is designed to help promote the importance of Arbor Day and tree planting, and is open to all ...
May 2, 2017

S.D. Egg Production Value Down $51.3 Million
UNDATED - The value of egg production in South Dakota during 2016 was $22.5 million, down $51.3 million from $73.8 million in 2015, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service.Egg production in 2016 was estimated at 594 million eggs, down 10 million from the ...
May 2, 2017

Snow and Ice Affect Parts of South Dakota
UNDATED - For the week ending Sunday, wet and unseasonably cold weather impacted much of the State, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Snow and ice affected parts of western and northeastern South Dakota early in the week. Rain and snow were prevale...
May 2, 2017

Over 250,000 support Checkoff Reform
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In letters to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives , more than 80 organizations, representing over 250,000 ranchers, farmers and businesses called on Congress to fix the federal government's failed commodity checkoff tax programs by supporting recent...
April 27, 2017

EPA to hold hearings on insitu uranium mining
PIERRE, SD – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will hold public meetings regarding a proposal for an 11,000 acre in situ mine, north of Edgemont, SD. Last week, the South Dakota Board of Minerals and Environment held a teleconference with the federal agency for an u...
April 25, 2017

Study shows income decline for farmers, ranchers in 2016
MITCHELL, S.D. - Farms enrolled with the South Dakota Center for Farm and Ranch Management reported a 68 percent decrease in their net income. More than 100 farms, mostly located in eastern South Dakota, are part of the program run by Mitchell Technical Institute. Statistics fro...
April 24, 2017

North Dakotans urged to learn about devastating weed
BISMARCK, N.D. - North Dakota's Agriculture Department is urging people to learn about a weed that it says could devastate the state's farming industry. Palmer Amaranth hasn't been found in the state yet. But Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring says it's been confirmed in Sou...
April 24, 2017

North Dakota potato stocks up 22 percent over the year
FARGO, N.D. - Potato stocks in North Dakota are down 22 percent from a year ago. The Agriculture Department says in its latest report that growers, dealers and processors in the state held 7.2 million hundredweight of potatoes in storage on April 1, down from 9.2 million a year ...
April 24, 2017

HOSTA Dates Set for Youth Farm and Ranch Workers
UNDATED - SDSU Extension will be conducting two Hazardous Occupations Safety Training for Agriculture courses May 25-26 in Philip and May 31-June 1 in Mitchell. Youth planning to work on a farm or ranch this summer are encouraged to attend."If youth are 14 or 15 and working on a ...
April 19, 2017

Planting of spring wheat, oats halfway done in South Dakota
UNDATED - For the week ending Sunday, winter made a brief return to portions of South Dakota early in the week, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Snow, sleet, and freezing rain prompted winter weather advisories in central and eastern counties on M...
April 18, 2017

R-CALF USA Launches Public Petition to Ban Brazilian Beef Until COOL Is Reinstated
Billings, Mont. - In a public We the People petition launched today and promoted on its Website, Facebook and Twitter pages, R-CALF USA seeks 100,000 signatures during the next 30 days to call on the Trump Administration to ban imports of Brazilian beef until all beef sold in U.S...
April 15, 2017

R-CALF USA to Discuss State of U.S. Cattle Industry in Ohio
Billings, Mont.-The statewide Ohio cattle association, Buckeye Quality Beef Association, will host a public meeting featuring R-CALF USA CEO Bill Bullard to explain the precarious state of the U.S. cattle industry and offer solutions with which to strengthen it. There is no cos...
April 15, 2017

Mediation Services Available for Farmers and Ranchers
PIERRE, S.D.- The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Mediation Program is available for farmers and ranchers in financial distress. “The Agricultural Mediation Program has been around since the 1980s; although it has evolved over the years and adde...
April 13, 2017

Time to Revisit Drought Plans for the Ranch
UNDATED - In light of the dry range conditions forecast for much of central and western South Dakota, cattle producers are encouraged to review their drought management plans."Recently released grass production estimates show dry conditions spreading across areas of central and w...
April 12, 2017

SD Stockgrowers to Host Area Meeting Near Eagle Butte on April 27
RAPID CITY, S.D. - The South Dakota Stockgrowers Association (SDSGA) encourages everyone involved in the livestock industry to make plans to attend an Area Meeting at Fox Ridge Ag Supply on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 6pm for a free supper and discussion about current livestock i...
April 12, 2017

South Dakota Progresses on Small-Grain Seeding
UNDATED - For the week ending Sunday, small grain seeding progressed aided by above average temperatures, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Cool temperatures and scattered showers early in the week gave way to warmer weather by week's end. Saturday...
April 11, 2017

Industry trade groups object to expanded USDA animal trace plan
Billings, Mont. - In a joint letteraddressed to President Trump and Acting Secretary of Agriculture Michael Young, four groups ask for the cancellation of the seven upcoming meetings scheduled by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to address the agency's plans to expand it...
April 11, 2017

Court Decision Prompts GFP Action on Non-Meandered Waters
UNDATED - In compliance with the recent Supreme Court ruling in Duerre v. Hepler, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is closing Department-managed boat launches on non-meandered bodies of water."Recreational access to non-meandered waters is a complex issue that has impa...
April 10, 2017

USDA Collecting Data on Farmland Rental Rates
UNDATED - In February, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service began contacting South Dakota farmers and ranchers to gather land rental rate information. The results of the Cash Rents and Leases survey will serve as a valuable decisionmaking ...
April 10, 2017

Groups Ask President to Shut Down USDA's Animal ID Road Tour
BILLINGS, Mont. - In a joint letteraddressed to President Trump and Acting Secretary of Agriculture Michael Young, four groups ask for the cancellation of the seven upcoming meetings scheduled by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to address the agency's plans to expand it...
April 10, 2017

Stocks of most farm commodities up in North Dakota
FARGO, N.D. - Stocks of most farm commodities in North Dakota are up compared to a year ago. That could reflect more farmers storing their crops in the hope prices will rise. The Agriculture Department says in its latest report that all wheat stocks in the state as of March 1 t...
April 8, 2017

South Dakota sees record pig production
PIERRE, S.D. - South Dakota's 900 pig growers ranked third-best in the nation with a record number of pigs per litter in a recent three-month span. The Pierre Capital Journal reports the state was only behind Nebraska and Minnesota, reaching 11.3 pigs per litter. Glenn Muller, ...
April 8, 2017

Group asks NDSU to stop using pigs in trauma training
FARGO, N.D. - A group of doctors is offering to pay for a surgical simulator if North Dakota State University stops using live animals for its trauma life support training. The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine says it will pick up the $3,235 tab for the simulator if...
April 6, 2017

Yankton County Commission approves expansion of hog facility
YANKTON, S.D. - The Yankton County Commission has approved the expansion of a hog facility southeast of Lesterville, despite a number of area residents expressing concerns about the operation. The commission voted 4-1 Tuesday in favor of granting a conditional-use permit for th...
April 5, 2017

Governor's Ag Ambassador Nominations Sought
UNDATED - The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) is seeking nominations for the 2017 South Dakota Governor's Ag Ambassador Award."South Dakotans have long valued servant leadership, hard work, honesty, humility and respect for others," said Secretary of Agriculture Mik...
April 4, 2017

Most South Dakota Grain Stocks Up Double Digits
UNDATED - South Dakota corn stocks in all positions on March 1, 2017 totaled 479 million bushels, up 10 percent from 2016, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Of the total, 310 million bushels are stored on farms, up 13 percent from a year ago. Off-f...
April 4, 2017

Soil Moisture Adequate as S.D. Spring Fieldwork Begins
UNDATED - For the week ending Sunday, spring fieldwork and small grain seeding began in some parts of the State, with soil moisture conditions rated primarily adequate, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Weather conditions were generally favorable f...
April 4, 2017

May 1 Deadline for Brand Rerecording or Registration
PIERRE, S.D.- Brand owners in South Dakota whose brand or brands were cancelled in May of 2015, have until May 1, 2017 to rerecord their brands.  The last renewal period was in 2015. Any brand registration in 2015 that was not renewed and paid for has been cancelled. The br...
April 4, 2017

South Dakota farmers to seed less corn, wheat, more soybeans
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - South Dakota farmers are planning to seed less corn and wheat this year but more soybeans. It's a trend playing out in many states, with surpluses of corn and wheat in storage in the U.S. The Agriculture Department says in its prospective plantings report th...
April 3, 2017

Otter appeals dismissal of Idaho sage grouse lawsuit
BOISE, Idaho - Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter is appealing the dismissal of his sage grouse lawsuit against the federal government. Otter late last week filed the notice appealing to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. Otter sued in September 2015 after feder...
March 31, 2017

SD Stockgrowers Call for Ban on Brazil Beef and Reinstatement of COOL
RAPID CITY, S.D. - The South Dakota Stockgrowers Association called on Senators Thune and Rounds, and Congresswoman Kristi Noem to implement an immediate ban on Brazilian beef imports and work to reinstate labeling for beef in the United States. The request came in response to ne...
March 29, 2017

R-CALF USA Praises Bipartisan Beef Checkoff Reform Legislation
BILLINGS, Mont. - Today, bipartisan legislation was reintroduced in the U.S. Senate to reform the most prominent government subsidy program in the U.S. cattle industry - the national beef checkoff program, which generates about $80 million annually from government-mandated produc...
March 29, 2017

Hard winter challenges Wyoming livestock producers
POWELL, Wyo. - The snowy, cold winter caused challenges for some Wyoming livestock producers. Regan Smith, who raises sheep, cattle and crops northeast of Powell, says it was a constant struggle to make sure sheep and cattle were protected from the worst of the weather. Smith t...
March 27, 2017

Study: Livestock grazing can benefit struggling bird species
BILLINGS, Mont. - A new study suggests some livestock grazing can benefit a ground-dwelling bird that's suffered a dramatic population decline across its 11-state range in the U.S. West. Grazing on land occupied by greater sage grouse has been frequently cited as a reason for t...
March 27, 2017

South Dakota cattle on feed down 7-percent
UNDATED - South Dakota feedlots, with capacities of 1,000 or more head, contained 250,000 cattle on feed on March 1, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. This inventory was down 7 percent from last year.Placements during February totaled 44,000 head, ...
March 27, 2017

Hog operation plan faces backlash in northeast South Dakota
ABERDEEN, S.D. - A decision on a planned hog operation in northeast South Dakota has been delayed until next month after owners of nearby properties voiced concerns. The Aberdeen American News reports about 30 people voiced their opinions during a Tuesday meeting of the Brown Co...
March 23, 2017

Volunteer Fire Assistance Grants Now Open
RAPID CITY, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Wildland Fire Division (SDWF) is accepting grant applications for the Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) program through April 30, 2017. The VFA program provides volunteer fire departments (VFDs) funding th...
March 23, 2017

North Dakota tops in honey production for 13th straight year
FARGO, N.D. - North Dakota was tops in the nation in honey production in 2016 for the 13th consecutive year. The Agriculture Department says North Dakota producers with five or more colonies made 37.8 million pounds of honey last year, up 4 percent from the previous year. The 4...
March 23, 2017

S.D. Farmers Union President Urges Trump to Reinstate COOL for Public Health Reasons
HURON, S.D. - South Dakota Farmers Union President, Doug Sombke joins National Farmers Union in urging President Trump to reinstate Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL) of beef and other meat products for public health reasons. "Without COOL, consumers don't know where their meat i...
March 22, 2017

Immigration Appeals office takes another look at EB-5 center in South Dakota
WASHINGTON, DC – After recommending South Dakota’s immigrant-investor program be terminated because of multiple financial scandals, the Administrative Appeals Office of the U.S. Citizenship Immigration Services is now recommending it be remanded for further review.&nb...
March 22, 2017

Landowners can enroll in Block Management Program
HELENA, MT - Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) is enrolling new landowners in Region 7 who are interested in participating in the Block Management Program. Block Management is a cooperative effort between landowners and FWP to help manage public hunting activities and provid...
March 20, 2017

Rodeo world loses two legends of the sport
STURGIS, SD – The rodeo world has lost two legends this month with the passing of rodeo announcer Hadley Barrett and famed rodeo stock contractor Harry Vold.  A native of North Platte, NE.  who made his home in Colorado, Barrett’s was perhaps the most recog...
March 14, 2017

Farm Rescue nonprofit gets annual day of recognition
HORACE, N.D. - The Farm Rescue farm aid nonprofit in the Northern Plains is getting an annual day of recognition. The National Day Calendar has proclaimed the third Thursday of March as "National Farm Rescuer Day," beginning next year. It coincides with National Agriculture Week...
March 10, 2017

Bird flu outbreak worries poultry industry
CHATTANOOGA, TN – After surviving the largest and most expensive animal disease outbreak in U.S. history, South Dakota’s turkey, chicken and egg producers – with federal assistance – have worked hard to rid themselves of the avian bird flu that killed over...
March 6, 2017

Midwest, Wyoming lawmakers target wolf protections again
MINNEAPOLIS - Pressure is building in Congress to take gray wolves in the western Great Lakes region and Wyoming off the endangered list, which would allow farmers to kill the animals if they threaten their livestock. Representatives from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and Wyomi...
February 27, 2017

South Dakota Cattle on Feed Down 8 Percent
UNDATED - South Dakota feedlots, with capacities of 1,000 or more head, contained 240,000 cattle on feed on February 1, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. This inventory was down 8 percent from last year.Placements during January totaled 45,000 head...
February 27, 2017

S.D. County-Level Commodity Estimates Released
UNDATED - County-level estimates for 2016 row crops are now available, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. The estimates, based primarily on surveys conducted with farmers and ranchers last fall, can be accessed using the QuickStats online database, ...
February 27, 2017

Funding solution at hand for new state animal disease lab
PIERRE, SD – It’s not often that ag related industries and organizations all agree on something.  But that’s what happened at the state capitol this week when aggies put their heads together to find funding for a new animal disease laboratory at South Dakot...
February 23, 2017

Honey: Sweet topic with new data this spring
UNDATED - Every day, National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) statisticians work hard to produce timely, accurate and useful statistics to U.S agriculture. In addition to producing hundreds of reports each year on crops, livestock and economic indicators for the agricultur...
February 22, 2017

New equipment speeds response to animal diseases
UNDATED - When scours, pink eye or respiratory disease strikes a cow-calf herd or feedlot pen, quick and accurate diagnosis of the culprit pathogen is key to containing the damage.A new instrument has enabled veterinarians at the Nebraska Veterinary Diagnostic Center at the Unive...
February 22, 2017

Number of North Dakota farms and ranches drops slightly
FARGO, N.D. - The number of farms and ranches in North Dakota dropped slightly last year. The federal Agriculture Department estimates 29,800 agricultural operations in the state in 2016, down 200 from 2015. The number of small farms and ranches in terms of sales increased, whi...
February 21, 2017

Keep watch over young cows during calving
UNDATED - For the long-term health of the cow herd, it's important to give some extra attention to first-calf heifer pairs during calving so they remain healthy and are ready to breed back in the spring. "Frequent observation of first-calf heifers and good recordkeeping around c...
February 20, 2017

Storm to serve second term as South Dakota Pork Council President
UNDATED - The South Dakota Pork Producers Council (SDPPC) elected Ryan Storm, a pork producer from Mount Vernon to serve as president for a second term. "I am honored to be selected to represent the South Dakota Pork Producers Council as their President for a second year. I feel...
February 20, 2017

Wetter than average spring predicted
UNDATED - Wetter-than-average conditions are expected across South Dakota through the spring, according to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration's Climate Outlook. "Beginning in March, the outlook shows an increased probability of wetter than average conditions, especi...
February 20, 2017

South Dakota Farm Numbers Lower
UNDATED - South Dakota's number of farms and ranches declined during 2016, according to USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. The number of farms and ranches in the State, at 31,000, was down 300 farms from 2015. Numbers of farms and ranches in South Dakota with less ...
February 20, 2017

South Dakota’s Cammack Family Nationally Recognized for Stewardship Efforts
UNDATED - The National Association of Conservation Districts honored some of our country’s most influential conservation leaders during NACD’s 71st Annual Meeting in Denver, CO. The South Dakota 2017 Legislature then applauded and recognized by commemoration one of th...
February 18, 2017

FFA Members across the country to celebrate FFA Week
INDIANAPOLIS – Agriculture is part of our daily lives—from the food we eat to the clothes we wear. Next week, more than 649,000 FFA members will celebrate the role agriculture plays in our lives while sharing the message of agricultural education as part of National F...
February 16, 2017

South Dakota Producers Chosen for Oversight Board
PIERRE, S.D. - Three South Dakota cattle producers have new leadership roles with the Cattleman's Beef Promotion and Research Board (CBB). The CBB oversees the collection of $1-per-head on all cattle sold in the U.S. and $1-per-head-equivalent on imported cattle, beef and beef pr...
February 15, 2017

Bison, cars endangered by deep snow in Wyoming's Grand Teton
JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. - Unusually deep snow in Grand Teton National Park has made life dangerous for bison lumbering on the park's only plowed highway and for motorists traveling the route. The bison weighing up to 2,000 pounds prefer using the road instead of struggling through 3 ...
February 15, 2017

Martina McBride to headline SDCA Foundation Prime Time Gala
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - This morning at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center, the South Dakota Cattlemen's Foundation (SDCF) revealed details of the Fourth Annual Prime Time Gala, an upscale banquet and country music concert that raises funds to fight hunger in South Dakota through Feedi...
February 15, 2017

Waste Pesticide Disposal Program Hits 1 Million Pounds
UNDATED - The South Dakota Department of Agriculture's (SDDA) waste pesticide disposal program has topped the one million pound mark since the program began in 1993.This year SDDA staff collected over 128,000 pounds of waste pesticide, putting the program over the one million pou...
February 9, 2017

Minnesota co-op plans to build soybean plant in North Dakota
FARGO, N.D. - A Minnesota cooperative plans to build a $240 million soybean processing plant in North Dakota. Officials with Minnesota Soybean Processors, or MnSP, say the co-op has selected a site on 150 acres near Spiritwood, in eastern North Dakota. The group says the facilit...
February 8, 2017

South Dakota Pulse Processors plant opens for business
HARROLD, S.D. - The $4.5 million South Dakota Pulse Processors plant is officially open for business. The (Pierre) Capital Journal reports that the plant in Harrold began running for a few days last week but is expected to be in full swing from now on. The plant receives peas f...
February 4, 2017

South Dakota livestock in good shape after January storm
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - South Dakota livestock appear to be in fairly good shape despite some rough weather in January, particularly in the south. The Agriculture Department says in its monthly crop report that a large storm with heavy snow late in the month created difficult co...
February 3, 2017

Commodity Price Stabilization Expected in 2017
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – After a volatile year, stability is returning to global commodity markets, at least for the time being, said CattleFax CEO Randy Blach this morning during the popular CattleFax Outlook Session at the 2017 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show.&ld...
February 2, 2017

North Dakota Ranch Recognized With National Stewardship Award
NASHVILLE, TENN. – Black Leg Ranch of McKenzie, N.D., was named national 2016 winner of the prestigious Environmental Stewardship Award Program (ESAP) for its commitment to protecting America’s natural resources in a flourishing operation . The award, presented this w...
February 2, 2017

Adding Value to the Beef Carcass
UNDATED - A typical beef animal can produce a carcass that weighs between 700 and 900 pounds. Approximately 50% of that weight consists of the chuck (fore quarter or shoulder portion) and the round (hind quarter). Traditionally the chuck and round are fabricated into either 1) ro...
February 1, 2017

Undergraduates to Explore Precision Livestock Production
UNDATED - College freshmen and sophomores interested in agriculture can learn about precision livestock production through a new training program, according to associate professor Michael Gonda of the South Dakota State University animal science department.Gonda leads the summer ...
January 26, 2017

Potential Drought Improvement for Western South Dakota
UNDATED - As South Dakota faces yet another winter storm, the climate outlooks for early spring have been released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) which allows us to look to the end of the 2017 winter season."Precipitation outlooks for the next three...
January 26, 2017

S.D. Egg Production Nearly Double from 2015
UNDATED - All layers in South Dakota during December 2016 totaled 2.79 million, up from 1.59 million the previous year, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service.South Dakota egg production during December totaled 69.4 million eggs, up from 36.6 million in ...
January 25, 2017

Applications open for Rypkema Memorial Colt Award
RAPID CITY, SD – Applications are open through January 21, 2017 for a chance to win a registered Quarter Horse colt from a reputation horse breeding family. The Memorial Colt Award made possible by the Lloyd Rypkema family of Rapid City, SD, is presented to the entry that ...
January 18, 2017

Young producers, ag professionals event planned
SIOUX FALLS, SD – Young ranchers and farmers will have an opportunity to spend time with their peers in both educational and social settings when the Young Farmers & Ranchers Conference gets underway in Sioux Falls, January 20-21, 2017.  Event organizer Heather Mau...
January 17, 2017

Winter wheat plantings at long-time lows in South Dakota
PIERRE, S.D. — Winter wheat plantings in South Dakota last fall totaled only 900,000 acres, down nearly one-fourth from the previous year to one of the lowest levels in years. In its first estimate of the crop Thursday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported the numbe...
January 17, 2017

Beef, Banking and Reality: SDSU Extension hosts Cow/Calf Winter Workshop in Union Center & Mitchell
UNDATED - Surviving economic downturns in beef markets without negatively impacting the long-term production and longevity of operations will be the focus of the SDSU Extension cow/calf winter workshops. SDSU Extension will host the cow/calf workshops January 23, 2017 in Union...
January 9, 2017

New Degree Developed for Careers in Biotech Industry
UNDATED - South Dakota's biotech industries are projecting substantial growth for the next several years, and the University Center at the University of South Dakota is responding with programs that will train skilled workers to handle chemical and biological research."In the las...
January 4, 2017

USDA Rural Economic Development Apps Due Dec. 31
U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Under Secretary Lisa Mensah announced that the department is seeking applications from eligible applicants to undertake economic development and job creation projects and activities in rural areas.Funding is being provided by the Rural Econ...
December 29, 2016

S.D. Layers Up 1.56 Million from 2015
UNDATED - All layers in South Dakota during November 2016 totaled 2.74 million, up from 1.56 million the previous year, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service.South Dakota egg production during November totaled 63.5 million eggs, up from 34.2 million in ...
December 29, 2016

South Dakota Cattle on Feed Down 2 Percent
UNDATED - South Dakota feedlots, with capacities of 1,000 or more head, contained 245,000 cattle on feed on December 1, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. This inventory was down 2 percent from last year.Placements during November totaled 50,000 hea...
December 27, 2016

State Hog Inventory Up 7 Percent
UNDATED - South Dakota inventory of all hogs and pigs on December 1, 2016, was 1.45 million head, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. This was up 7 percent from December 1, 2015, and up 3 percent from September 1, 2016.Breeding hog inventory, at 190,...
December 27, 2016

S.D. Farmers Union President Supports Farmer Fair Practices Rules
HURON, S.D. - South Dakota Farmers Union President, Doug Sombke supports today's announcement that the Farmer Fair Practices Rules have been released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA). "These rules are d...
December 15, 2016

Conducting a Ranch Inventory
UNDATED - Completing a ranch inventory is the first step in the strategic planning process, but it also helps provide a current overview of the operation, explained Sean Kelly, SDSU Extension Range Management Field Specialist."During times of belt-tightening, it's imperative to m...
December 7, 2016

Tougher penalties for shooting livestock in Wyoming sought
LARAMIE, Wyo. - Ranchers in Wyoming say there's been an increase in people shooting livestock and the Legislature should enact more severe penalties for that crime. Wyoming Farm Bureau spokesman Brett Moline says people have been shooting livestock on both private and public lan...
November 26, 2016

Farmers in Wyoming, Montana see record sugar beet harvests
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Record sugar beet harvests will keep refineries busy making sugar longer than usual. The Billings Gazette reports the U.S. Department of Agriculture projects the worldwide demand for sugar will outpace supply. Randall Jobman of Western Sugar Cooperative s...
November 28, 2016


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