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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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