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Western Junior marks 81 years, honors long time supporters
RAPID CITY, SD – The barns are full on the Central States Fairgrounds as the 81st annual Western Junior Livestock Show and Sale  and the 56th annual Western Family Consumer Science Show continues through the weekend in Rapid City. The show was developed as a 4-H youth...
October 12, 2018

South Dakota Farmers Fall Short of Even 2 Days in Fields
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - For the week ending Sunday, there were 1.9 days suitable for fieldwork, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Topsoil moisture supplies rated 6 percent very short, 13 short, 71 adequate, and 10 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rat...
October 11, 2018

Only 63 Percent of S.D. Farmers Respond to Ag Census
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) concluded data collection for the 2017 Census of Agriculture in July. The Census was mailed to more than 40,000 known and potential farms and ranches across South Dakot...
October 11, 2018

South Dakota Per Pair and Yearling Monthly Pasture Rental Rates in South Dakota for 2018
BROOKINGS, S.D. - Results from the 2018 SDSU South Dakota Farm Real Estate Survey are now available on iGrow.org. The 2018 data was collected throughout the state and shows rental rates for cow-calf pairs and yearlings. The 2018 cow-calf pair statewide weighted average was $48.41...
October 11, 2018

R-CALF USA slams new USMCA trade agreement
BILLINGS, MT - R-CALF USA fired a shot over the bow of the Trump administration's trade agreement with Canada and Mexico charging the USMCA doesn't achieve any goals towards ending unfair trade practices for America's ranchers and is unduly influenced by globalized, industrialize...
October 8, 2018

October is National Pork Month
PIERRE, SD - Celebrate National Pork Month in October by enjoying some delicious pork during your family meals. That's the message from the South Dakota Pork Producers Council that reminds consumers, "They can enjoy the pork on your fork, knowing it was raised by a farmer that ca...
October 8, 2018

NCBA looking for National Anthem singing contestants
DENVER, CO - If you're a singer from the cattle industry who can perform the National Anthem with precision, and if you would like a free trip to the 2019 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show January 30 through February 1, 2019, the National Cattlemen's Beef Association...
October 4, 2018

South Dakota Corn and Sorghum Stocks Down Double Digits
UNDATED - South Dakota corn stocks in all positions on September 1, 2018 totaled 117 million bushels, down 14 percent from 2017, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Of the total, 56.0 million bushels are stored on farms, down 14 percent from a year a...
October 2, 2018

South Dakota Sunflower Harvest at 3 Percent
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - For the week ending Sunday, there were 3.5 days suitable for fieldwork, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Topsoil moisture supplies rated 8 percent very short, 20 short, 65 adequate, and 7 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rate...
October 2, 2018

State Turkey Production Forecast Up 2 Percent
UNDATED - Turkeys raised in South Dakota during 2018 is forecasted at 4.20 million birds, up 2 percent from the previous year, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Turkeys raised in the United States during 2018 is forecasted at 240 million, down 1 p...
October 2, 2018

USDA releases ag census details
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service concluded data collection for the 2017 Census of Agriculture with a 71.5 percent national response rate. The Census, conducted once every five years, was mailed to more than 3 million known and potential farms...
October 2, 2018

EPA settles Clean Air Act violations with Cloverdale Foods
MANDAN, N.D. - The federal Environmental Protection Agency says Cloverdale Foods has agreed to pay a $72,530 fine for Clean Air Act violations at its Mandan meat processing plant. The EPA says violations had to do with deficiencies in chemical risk management. The plant processe...
October 1, 2018

RCALF USA-Trump Administration Misses Huge Opportunity to Strengthen America's Cattle Industry in New U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement
BILLINGS, MONT. - Today, R-CALF USA CEO Bill Bullard issued the following initial statement regarding President Trump's announcement that he has renegotiated the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and achieved a new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. "We fully suppor...
October 1, 2018

South Dakota Hog Inventory Up 12 Percent
UNDATED - South Dakota inventory of all hogs and pigs on September 1, 2018, was 1.72 million head, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. This was up 12 percent from September 1, 2017, and up 2 percent from June 1, 2018. Breeding hog inventory, at 245,...
October 1, 2018

Most South Dakota Wheat Production Up Double Digits
UNDATED - Other spring wheat production for 2018 is estimated at 40.5 million bushels, up 95 percent from last year, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. The 2018 area harvested for grain, at 965,000 acres, is up 44 percent from 2017. Producers plante...
October 1, 2018

Groups like corporate farm law ruling for different reasons
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's two largest farm groups have been on opposite sides of a two-year legal battle over the state's Depression-era anti-corporate farming law, but both are finding at least partial victory in a judge's decision to uphold the law but order ch...
October 1, 2018

Show, sale results from Newell Ram Show and Sale
NEWELL, SD – While rain, mud and show sheep don’t mix, there were few complaints about the much needed moisture that delayed show starts at the 73rd annual Newell Ram Show & Sale held September 20-21, 2018. The event attracts consignors from eight states and buye...
September 27, 2018

SDSU Seeks Farmers & Ranchers to Participate in the Soil Resiliency & Crop Insurance Project
BROOKINGS, S.D. - Researchers with the South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station at SDSU are working with SDSU Extension, faculty and staff on a study to help determine the long-term economic benefits of conservation practices, such as no-till, cover crops and diverse crop rot...
September 26, 2018

Wagner man accused in theft of cattle and feed checks
LAKE ANDES, S.D. (AP) — A Wagner man is accused of stealing nearly $350,000 worth of cattle and feed checks.   The Daily Republic reports that Aaron Podzimek was indicted on felony grand theft charges in Charles Mix County on Thursday, and arrested on a warrant on...
September 25, 2018

South Dakota Pasture Cash Rental Rates Now Available
UNDATED - Results from the South Dakota Agriculture Land Market Trends have been published. They show average cash rental rates for pasture land to vary from $16 per-acre in the Southwest region of South Dakota to $75 per-acre in the East-central region of the state. The survey ...
September 24, 2018

South Dakota Layers and Egg Production Up from 2017
UNDATED - All layers in South Dakota during August 2018 totaled 2.71 million, up from 2.58 million the previous year, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. South Dakota egg production during August totaled 68.0 million eggs, up from 62.3 million in 20...
September 24, 2018

South Dakota Cattle on Feed Down 7 Percent
UNDATED - South Dakota feedlots, with capacities of 1,000 or more head, contained 200,000 cattle on feed on September 1, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. This inventory was down 7 percent from last year. Placements during August totaled 49,000 he...
September 24, 2018

North Dakota Stockmen's Association elects new leadership
BISMARCK, N.D. - North Dakota's largest rancher organization has new leadership. Dan Rorvig of McVille was elected president of the Stockmen's Association and Jeff Schafer of New Rockford was elected vice president at the group's recent 89th annual convention and trade show in B...
September 21, 2018

South Dakota Farmers & Ranchers in DC to Share Their Story & Challenge Congressional Leaders to Support American Agriculture
HURON, S.D. - More than 30 South Dakota family farmers, ranchers and their supporters traveled to Washington, D.C. this week (September 12-14) to meet with Congressional leadership to share their stories and how the current market economy is challenging the work they do to feed a...
September 12, 2018

South Dakotans Get Nearly Perfect Week for Fieldwork
UNDATED - For the week ending Sunday, there were 6.4 days suitable for fieldwork, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Topsoil moisture supplies rated 15 percent very short, 28 short, 55 adequate, and 2 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 16 perc...
September 12, 2018

South Dakota Stockgrowers Association Names New Executive Director
RAPID CITY, S.D. - The South Dakota Stockgrowers Association is excited to announce the hiring of their new Executive Director, James Halverson. James will start coming in to the office, under one of the most historic signs in Rapid City, on the corner of 5th and St. Joe right aw...
September 5, 2018

South Dakota Begins Planting Winter Wheat
UNDATED - For the week ending Sunday, there were 5.9 days suitable for fieldwork, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Topsoil moisture supplies rated 15 percent very short, 25 short, 59 adequate, and 1 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 16 perc...
September 5, 2018

Montana rancher sentenced in inflated cattle numbers case
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A Montana rancher accused of lying to a bank about the number of cattle in his possession was sentenced to two years in prison and ordered to pay more than $2 million in restitution. Darrell Hatley, 67, of Miles City was sentenced Thursday in Billings fede...
August 31, 2018

South Dakota Crops Progressing Ahead of Averages
UNDATED - For the week ending Sunday, there were 5.9 days suitable for fieldwork, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Topsoil moisture supplies rated 11 percent very short, 28 short, 60 adequate, and 1 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 12 perc...
August 28, 2018

Aggressive weed found in North Dakota for the first time
BISMARCK, N.D. - A weed that's strong enough to stop combines and resist many herbicides has been found in North Dakota for the first time. The Agriculture Department says Palmer Amaranth has been positively identified in a soybean field in McIntosh County, in the southeast. Th...
August 28, 2018

South Dakota 4-H to Recognize Volunteers at State Fair
UNDATED - South Dakotans who invested in our state's youth will be inducted into the 4-H Hall of Fame September 2 during the 2018 South Dakota State Fair held in Huron, Aug. 30-Sept. 3.The 2018 4-H Hall of Fame inductees include: Julie Symens, Marshall County; Mike and Rose Kraft...
August 27, 2018

Sout Dakota Cattle on Feed Down 9 Percent from Last Year
UNDATED - South Dakota feedlots, with capacities of 1,000 or more head, contained 200,000 cattle on feed on August 1, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. This inventory was down 9 percent from last year. Placements during July totaled 26,000 head, u...
August 27, 2018

South Dakota Oat Harvest Nearly Complete
UNDATED - For the week ending Sunday, there were 5.9 days suitable for fieldwork, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Topsoil moisture supplies rated 12 percent very short, 28 short, 58 adequate, and 2 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 12 perc...
August 21, 2018

Bankers Expecting 7.8 Percent Decline in Farm Equipment Sales
UNDATED - The Creighton University Rural Mainstreet Index climbed above growth neutral in August for a seventh straight month, according to the monthly survey of bank CEOs in rural areas of a 10-state region dependent on agriculture and/or energy. Overall: The overall index clim...
August 21, 2018

Program aims to aid landowners with wind energy concerns
BISMARCK, N.D. - North Dakota's Agriculture Department is launching a program to help landowners resolve concerns related to wind energy development. The Bismarck Tribune reports the program is similar to an initiative developed in 2015 related to pipeline construction. The pro...
August 21, 2018

Coalition for a Prosperous America Joins Effort to Reinstate COOL
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Coalition for a Prosperous America (CPA) today urged US Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer to pursue country-of-origin labeling (COOL) issues in the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). CPA believes that reinstatement...
August 10, 2018

Independent Ranchers Seek Injunction of Beef Checkoff Funds in Thirteen More States
UNDATED - National independent rancher group Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund, United Stockgrowers of America (R-CALF USA) today moved to expand their legal campaign to end the unconstitutional administration of the Beef Checkoff program by the U.S. Department of Agriculture....
August 10, 2018

South Dakota 4-H Members Receive National Recognition during 2018 4-H Shooting Sports National Championship
BROOKINGS, S.D. - South Dakota 4-H members received national recognition during the 2018 4-H Shooting Sports National Championships held in Grand Island, Neb. June 24-29. Of the 606 youth from across the country who competed at this year's championships, 35 were South Dakota 4-H...
August 10, 2018

Northrop named new brand inspector
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's largest rancher group has a new chief brand inspector. Blaine Northrop of Dickinson will fill the role for the North Dakota Stockmen's Association, which represents more than 3,000 cattle-ranching families and administers the state's br...
August 10, 2018

Stockgrowers look to members for policy input and plan 127 annual convention
RAPID CITY, SD – With the end of summer in sight, thoughts turn to the coming winter for many livestock producers.  That means buttoning up the place for the changing seasons but it also marks a time when organizations like the South Dakota Stockgrowers Association (SD...
August 9, 2018

More cases of anthrax confirmed in South Dakota livestock
PIERRE, S.D. - More cases of anthrax have been confirmed in South Dakota livestock this year. State Veterinarian Dustin Oedekoven has confirmed the disease was diagnosed in a group of 300 unvaccinated yearling cattle in Butte County, in western South Dakota. Butte is the fourth...
August 7, 2018

State Honey Bee Colonies Down 12,500
UNDATED - Honey bee colonies for operations with five or more colonies in South Dakota as of January 1, 2018 totaled 23,000 according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. The number of colonies in South Dakota on April 1, 2018 was 10,500. During 2017, honey bee...
August 7, 2018

South Dakota Cropland Value Down
UNDATED - South Dakota's farm real estate value, a measurement of the value of all land and buildings on farms, decreased from 2017, according to USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Farm real estate value for 2018 averaged $2,170 per acre, down $10 per acre (slightly...
August 7, 2018

Small Scale Farming & Honey Extraction Tours August 19
YANKTON, S.D. – The South Dakota Specialty Producers Association (SDSPA) has coordinated an upcoming farm tours and educational events to feature small scale, bio intensive farming and honeybee keeping and honey extraction on Sunday, Aug. 19 from 9:00 a.m. –...
August 6, 2018

State ag department wants to be a direct lender to producers
PIERRE, SD – The public is being asked to comment on a proposal from the South Dakota Department of Agriculture that wants the authority to loan money directly from state government to small or beginning farmers. Currently the department must use a local lender such as a b...
August 1, 2018

Pesticide container recycling collection available
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) encourages all agricultural producers and businesses to take advantageof free pesticide container recycling collection in 37 locations across the state through Thursday, Sept. 6.  “Many solid waste...
August 1, 2018

Nominations sought for SD Ag Woman awards
PIERRE, SD - The South Dakota Women in Agriculture board of directors is seeking nominations for two awards to be presented at the annual South Dakota Women in Ag conference in October. The South Dakota Ag Woman of the Year award is open to all women who are involved in...
July 26, 2018

South Dakota Crops, Pastures Rated Good to Excellent
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - For the week ending Sunday, there were 5.5 days suitable for fieldwork, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Topsoil moisture supplies rated 3 percent very short, 19 short, 71 adequate, and 7 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rate...
July 19, 2018

Cramer appointed to help with farm bill talks
BISMARCK, N.D. - Republican U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer has been named to a conference committee to work out differences between the House and Senate versions of the 2018 farm bill. The legislation would renew farm programs such as crop subsidies, insurance and land conservation. Th...
July 19, 2018

New state program aims to help dairies comply with fed rules
BISMARCK, N.D. - North Dakota's Agriculture Department has launched a program to help dairy operations in the state with the cost of complying with national rules for fluid milk. Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring says the North Dakota Dairy Improvement Assistance Program wi...
July 19, 2018

Cody city council drops proposed livestock law
CODY, Wyo. - Residents of Cody in northwest Wyoming can keep any buffalo, hogs, bulls, horses, sheep and other large livestock on their residential property in city limits. The Cody Enterprise reports city council members Tuesday dropped a proposed ordinance intended to regulate...
July 12, 2018

Oil Sunflower, Sorghum, Oats Up; Barley Report Reinstated
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - South Dakota producers planted 5.20 million acres of corn for all purposes, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. This is down 9 percent from last year. Of the total acres, 96 percent were planted with biotechnology varieties. Area ...
July 2, 2018

South Dakota Hog Inventory Up 13 Percent
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - South Dakota inventory of all hogs and pigs on June 1, 2018, was 1.68 million head, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. This was up 13 percent from June 1, 2017, and up 1 percent from March 1, 2018. Breeding hog inventory, at 240...
July 2, 2018

Amendment to Farm Bill to address trucking issues
WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Sasse continued his work on behalf of Nebraska's ranchers and haulers by filing the Transporting Livestock Across America Safely Act is being considered as an amendment to the Farm Bill. Amendment sponsor, U.S. Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska says ...
June 28, 2018

Anthrax strikes another cattle herd in South Dakota
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Officials say anthrax has struck another cattle herd in South Dakota.State Veterinarian Dustin Oedekoven (OH'-dih-koh-ven) says at least four adult cows died suddenly last week in a herd in Bon Homme County. The herd had not been vaccinated against anthr...
June 28, 2018

Regents approve naming precision ag project for Raven Industries
BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) — Officials have approved naming a major new precision agriculture facility at South Dakota State University after a company that donated $5 million for the project.The South Dakota Board of Regents voted Wednesday to grant SDSU's request to name the fa...
June 28, 2018

2018 S.D. Growing Season Pretty Much on Target So Far
UNDATED - For the week ending Sunday, there were 4.1 days suitable for fieldwork, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Topsoil moisture supplies rated 1 percent very short, 13 short, 78 adequate, and 8 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 3 percen...
June 26, 2018

Anthrax confirmed in South Dakota cattle herd
PIERRE, S.D. - Officials say anthrax has been confirmed in South Dakota livestock for the first time year this year. State Veterinarian Dustin Oedekoven has confirmed that eight cows died out of a herd of 87 unvaccinated cattle in Clark County. The Animal Disease Research and D...
June 26, 2018

CRP Enrollments Accepted through August 17
PIERRE, S.D. – The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced signup opportunities for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP).  Local Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices are taking applications for enrollment into certain continuous CRP practices t...
June 25, 2018

Rate of Farm Loan Rejections Almost Doubles Among Banks
OMAHA, Neb. - The Creighton University Rural Mainstreet Index climbed above growth neutral in June for a fifth straight month, according to the monthly survey of bank CEOs in rural areas of a 10-state region dependent on agriculture and/or energy. This is the first time since Jul...
June 25, 2018

South Dakota Cattle on Feed Down 2 Percent
UNDATED - South Dakota feedlots, with capacities of 1,000 or more head, contained 235,000 cattle on feed on June 1, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. This inventory was down 2 percent from last year. Placements during May totaled 29,000 head, down...
June 25, 2018

South Dakota Layers Down 200,000 from 2017
UNDATED - All layers in South Dakota during May 2018 totaled 2.61 million, down from 2.80 million the previous year, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. South Dakota egg production during May totaled 67.6 million eggs, down from 67.7 million in 2017...
June 25, 2018

States reporting flooding around the region
RIVERTON, Wyo. (AP) - The Wind River in central Wyoming is flooding mostly agricultural land in Fremont County. Heavy rain in recent days has pushed the river, which is already running high with mountain snowmelt runoff, over its banks. The National Weather Service says the riv...
June 20, 2018

Apply now for CRP enrollment
WASHINGTON, D.C. - For the first time since last fall, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for the voluntary Conservation Reserve Program. Eligible ranchers, farmers, and private landowners can sign up at their local USDA Farm Service Agency office throug...
June 20, 2018

Industry leader Larry Stomprud says 4-H is foundation to success
BROOKINGS, SD - Nausea used to overcome Mud Butte rancher, Larry Stomprud when he needed to lead a meeting, speak before a group or to a 4-H livestock reasons taker."I hated speaking in front of people, but I was forced into it because of positions I was elected to or my competit...
June 20, 2018

Happy cows mean better beef
COLUMBUS, OH - If you're around cows much, you probably know this; cows move infinitely slower than the people who work with them. And you can guess which speed causes less stress for cows. Stress matters not simply because less is better than more for all creatures, but because...
June 20, 2018

FDA to hold public meeting on meat produced through cell technology
WASHINGTON, DC - The National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA)  Director of Government Affairs Danielle Beck issued the following statement in response to the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) announcement that they will hold a public meeting on foods produced using an...
June 18, 2018

China hits U.S. agriculture with tariff retaliation
WASHINGTON, DC - In an eye for an eye move, China placed a 25 percent retaliatory tariff on multiple U.S. goods, including sorghum. The retaliatory tariff also applies to U.S. soybeans, cotton, wheat, vegetables, beef, pork and others and will go into effect on July 6. The action...
June 18, 2018

Edmunds County resident sues over turkey facility permit
IPSWICH, S.D. - A turkey dispute in Edmunds County is now in the courts. The American News reports that resident Mary Curtis has sued the county, asking a judge whether the approval of a building permit for a pod of seven turkey barns followed the proper procedures. The judge is...
June 15, 2018

Prairie Dog Control Programs Available
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. The state’s prairie dog control program is coopera...
June 14, 2018

Farmer, ethanol producers rally during EPA chief's visit
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt got a rough reception in South Dakota from farmers and ethanol producers who accused of him of undermining the industry. About 200 people rallied in Sioux Falls Wednesday, urging Pruitt to ...
June 14, 2018

South Dakota landowners sue county for tax refund
ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) — Some South Dakota property owners who have been overtaxed recently are suing a northern county to claim a larger refund than offered by commissioners.A group of agriculture landowners filed a lawsuit against Brown County seeking refunds for the 18 perc...
June 14, 2018

South Dakota Farmers Union President Sends Letter to Pruitt Calling On EPA to Stop Efforts to Block Ethanol Blends
HURON, S.D. - Doug Sombke, President of the South Dakota Farmers Union was joined by National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson today (June 11, 2018) in calling for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to abandon plans to finalize an Obama era rule that would cap ethanol...
June 12, 2018

SD Century Farm & Ranch Recognition Deadline is Aug. 10
HURON, S.D. - The South Dakota Farm Bureau (SDFB) and the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) will again recognize and honor longstanding South Dakota families at the 2018 South Dakota State Fair. South Dakota families having ownership of their farm or ranch for 100, 1...
June 12, 2018

SD Stockgrowers Launch Search for Executive Director
RAPID CITY, S.D. - The South Dakota Stockgrowers Association has launched the search for a new Executive Director. The Board of Directors is inviting applications from interested candidates to be submitted immediately. The SD Stockgrowers Executive Director is a full time, salari...
June 12, 2018

S.D. Wheat Condition Lags From Last Year
UNDATED - For the week ending Sunday, there were 5.8 days suitable for fieldwork, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Topsoil moisture supplies rated 4 percent very short, 29 short, 64 adequate, and 3 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 8 percen...
June 12, 2018

Pelleting plant targeted for Napa Junction
NAPA JUNCTION, S.D. - Developers say a new pelleting plant in Napa Junction will go a long way in helping the region solve its natural gas woes. Dakota Protein plans to build a plant north of the existing Dakota Plains Ag facility that will produce grain pellets for range cattle...
June 4, 2018

Apply now for disaster assistance for livestock and other losses
WASHINGTON, DC - The USDA will begin accepting disaster assistance program applications on June 4 from agricultural producers who suffered livestock, honeybees, farm-raised fish and other losses due to natural disasters.The Farm Service Agency is reopening the application period ...
June 4, 2018

Letter sent to President asking for serious trade negotiations
WASHINGTON, DC - Eighteen U.S. farm organizations sent a letter to President Trump last week expressing hope that he will "prioritize negotiations with China to resolve many longstanding obstacles to U.S. agricultural exports while avoiding mutually destructive tariffs."The organ...
June 4, 2018

USDA Rural Economic Development loans available
WASHINGTON, DC - Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett has announced that USDA is seeking applications for projects that promote economic development and create jobs in rural areas.Funding is being provided under USDA's Rural Economic Development Loan and ...
May 31, 2018

Interest in selling ranch and farm land picking up
DENVER, CO - Buying and selling in the land market normally follows a seasonal pattern with fewer sales happening during the busy planting and harvest periods. It stands to reason that farmers, who buy the majority of cropland that comes up for sale, are focused on the task at ha...
May 31, 2018

Farm Bureau launches update for Ag Across America game
WASHINGTON, DC - The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture has launched an update to the My American Farm game, "Ag Across America."A geography-based game, Ag Across America is one of the most popular My American Farm games. The updated version features 100 new question...
May 31, 2018

New report points to increasing pressure on ag, rural economies
WASHINGTON, DC - More financial burden is on the way in agriculture and rural America with interest rates marching steadily higher. Since 2015, the Federal Reserve has been nudging interest rates higher following years of historically low rates and quantitative easing.  Now...
May 31, 2018

SD ag secretary leaving his position
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota's agriculture secretary is leaving his position to join an electric cooperative in the state.     Secretary of Agriculture Mike Jaspers said Wednesday he's stepping down from his post July 1. Jaspers is set to become business devel...
May 30, 2018

Dakotas ag co-op progresses after merger
MITCHELL, S.D. — A recently formed agriculture cooperative is moving forward after starting operations in the Dakotas this year. Agtegra Cooperative purchased 85 million bushels of grain from February to April and has shipped more than 60 million bushels, the Daily Republi...
May 30, 2018

Public comment sought on age restriction on hunting
PIERRE, SD - The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed to remove the minimum age restriction for mentor deer, antelope and turkey seasons; currently set at age 10.The 2018 South Dakota Legislature passed a bill removing the minimum age under the mentor hunte...
May 29, 2018

Something for everyone at Dairyfest 2018
SDSU Extension, area dairy producers and dairy industry personnel invite the public to enjoy free family events during Dairy Fest 2018 held in Brookings June 2 at the Swiftel Center (824 32nd Ave).The event is free and open to the public. It is designed for all ages to learn abou...
May 29, 2018

Local youth win SD Wildfire Awareness Month contest
PIERRE, SD - The South Dakota Department of Agriculture Wildland Fire division announced the winners of their Wildfire Awareness Month Coloring Contest. Ian Cammack of Enning won the 3-7 age group and Brooklynn Baird of Whitewood won the 8-12 age group. Each will be awarded a plu...
May 29, 2018

POET Biorefining making $5M in upgrades at Mitchell plant
MITCHELL, S.D. - POET Biorefining is making roughly $5 million in upgrades at its Mitchell-area site to expand equipment including for its business forming distillers grains produced while making ethanol into pellets that animals can easily eat. The Daily Republic reports the co...
May 24, 2018

North Dakota leads in honey production for 14th year
FARGO, N.D. - Honey production in North Dakota last year was down 11 percent from 2016, but the state still led the nation in production for a 14th straight year. The Agriculture Department says producers with five or more colonies totaled 33.7 million pounds of honey in 2017. ...
May 23, 2018

Number of Employee Hired by Farmers Unchanged
UNDATED - In the Northern Plains Region (Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota) there were 32,000 workers hired directly by farm operators on farms and ranches during the week of April 8-14, 2018, unchanged from the April 2017 reference week, according to USDA's Nation...
May 21, 2018

SDSU Extension Teams Up with SD Wheat Inc for Wheat Walks
SDSU Extension is collaborating with South Dakota Wheat, Inc. to organize the 2018 annual Wheat Walks in Milesville, Sturgis, Mt. Vernon and Miller beginning May 31. During the Wheat Walk, SDSU Extension staff will be available to discuss current production issues including: wee...
May 21, 2018

Bovine Trichomoniasis Found in Oglala Lakota County Herds
PIERRE, SD – For the first time since 2016, bovine trichomoniasis (trich) has been detected in South Dakota cattle herds. Bulls from two beef cattle herds in Oglala Lakota County have tested positive for this economically devastating disease. The Animal Industry Board (AIB)...
May 21, 2018

Five South Dakota Youth Travel to DC to Attend National 4-H Conference
BROOKINGS, S.D. - South Dakota 4-H members from Day, Clark, Haakon/Jackson and Pennington Counties traveled to Washington DC to attend the National 4-H Conference this April. "The trip to DC was life changing! I met new friends, saw national monuments and was able to work with o...
May 10, 2018

Keeping Horses Safe from Equine Herpesvirus
UNDATED - In recent weeks, equine herpesvirus (EHV) infections have affected horses in South Dakota and the surrounding region. These horses have been associated with travel to and from events such as rodeos where they have contact with numerous horses from a wide area. While i...
May 10, 2018

Governor's order aims to help address fertilizer shortage
BISMARCK, N.D. - Gov. Doug Burgum has signed an emergency order loosening driving restrictions for truckers who haul anhydrous ammonia fertilizer. North Dakota farmers are facing a shortage of fertilizer. That's due to significant late-season snowfall in other parts of the Upper...
May 10, 2018

Public comments sought on proposed Brown County hog farm
STRATFORD, S.D. - Public comments are being accepted on a proposed 7,740-hog operation in Brown County. The American News reports that Tom Waldner with Elm Valley Farms has submitted a permit application to the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources. The deadline ...
May 10, 2018

S.D. Corn, Spring Wheat, Oats Lag Planting Average
UNDATED - For the week ending Sunday, there were 5.3 days suitable for fieldwork, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Topsoil moisture supplies rated 2 percent very short, 13 short, 79 adequate, and 6 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 5 percen...
May 8, 2018

Survey to help guide decisions on needed resources
BROOKINGS, SD - A survey is about to land in some ranchers’ and farmers’ mailboxes across several states and a group of extension professionals is strongly encouraging recipients to fill it out and send it back in. The questionnaire is being sent to ranchers and farm...
May 8, 2018

Producers urged to test water quality before livestock turnout
BISMARCK, ND - Many producers are continuing to feel the effects of the 2017 drought, which are lingering into the 2018 grazing season.Numerous ponds and dugouts dried up as a result of the drought, and any water remaining in others may not be the best quality."Runoff from snowme...
May 7, 2018

Attempt to control escalating trade war with China fails
WASHINGTON, DC - Top economic advisers are returning home from Beijing with little more than glaring proof of how far apart the U.S. and China are on trade issues. A U.S. delegation led by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin wrapped up two days of negotiations with Chinese economic...
May 7, 2018

R-CALF claims anticompetitive, 'cartel behavior' in proposed sale
WASHINGTON, DC - In a letter sent to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, R-CALF USA is urging Trump Administration officials to block the proposed sale of the nation's fourth largest beef packer, National Beef Packing Company (National B...
May 7, 2018

Livestock Environmental Training Workshop in Huron on June 27, 2018
BROOKINGS, S.D. - An environmental training session for operators of Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO), is set for June 27, 2018 in Huron at the Crossroads Convention Center (100 Fourth St. S.W.). Pre-registration is required and is due by May 22, 2018. To register, ...
May 7, 2018

Minnesota horse owners cautioned about disease in Dakotas
ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota's Board of Animal Health is urging horse owners to help stop the spread of a disease that's been found in neighboring states. The disease more commonly known as EHM has recently been confirmed in both North Dakota and south Dakota. There is no threat...
May 7, 2018

Food hub opens in North Dakota
ANAMOOSE, N.D. - North Dakota now has a center of production, distribution and marketing services for local food growers. The Bismarck Tribune reports that the FARMtastic Heritage Food Hub in Anamoose has been open for about a month. Founder Mirek Petrovic says the food hub has...
May 7, 2018

State vet says biosecurity a priority for horse owners
LINCOLN, NE - Recently confirmed cases of Equine Herpes Myeloencephalopathy (EHM) in South Dakota and Northh Dakota have prompted State Veterinarian Dr. Dennis Hughes to remind horse owners to remember to always use best biosecurity practices."With fair, exposition and rodeo seas...
May 4, 2018

Rancher Haven Stuck puts renewable energy to work
RAPID CITY, SD - Haven Stuck got his start ranching at an early age on his family's ranch in Mellette, SD where they raised cattle, pigs and sheep. Stuck grew up working cattle and learning the difficult business of operating a sustainable agribusiness from his parents. After hig...
May 4, 2018

County offers refunds to overtaxed landowners
ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) — A northern South Dakota county is offering refunds to landowners who have been overtaxed on their properties in recent years.  Brown County commissioners approved more than $510,000 on Tuesday for agriculture property owners who have overpaid taxe...
May 4, 2018

Senators Continue Push for Year-Round E-15 Waiver
WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), John Thune (R-S.D.), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa),...
May 1, 2018

S.D. Planting Progress Lags Well Behind Average
UNDATED - For the week ending Sunday, there were 2.6 days suitable for fieldwork, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Topsoil moisture supplies rated 2 percent very short, 10 short, 80 adequate, and 8 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 5 percen...
May 1, 2018

Online training available for North Dakota dicamba sprayers
BISMARCK, N.D. - The BASF, Monsanto and DuPont companies are now offering online training sessions for applicators of the controversial weed killer dicamba in North Dakota. New federal rules classify dicamba as a restricted-use herbicide, and applicators need training. The new r...
April 30, 2018

Citing bird, lawsuit targets Trump's oil and gas lease sales
BILLINGS, Mont.  - Environmental groups are suing the Trump administration for selling oil and gas leases on huge swaths of public lands in the West while allegedly ignoring policies meant to protect an imperiled bird. The lawsuit filed Monday in U.S. District Court seeks t...
April 30, 2018

NFU opposes House Farm Bill
WASHINGTON, DC - The National Farmers Union Board of Directors passed a resolution stating its opposition to the House draft of the 2018 Farm Bill, H.R. 2. The House Agriculture Committee passed the bill last week, and it is expected to be considered by the full chamber sometime ...
April 27, 2018

EU to allow more imports of US beef
WASHINGTON, DC - The European Union is preparing to allow in more tariff-free U.S. beef in an attempt to avoid a full-blown trade war. This move comes in tandem with high-level diplomatic missions from French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel to Washin...
April 27, 2018

Comment period extended on CWD herd certification
WASHINGTON, DC - The USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is extending the comment period for the revised Chronic Wasting Disease Program Standards.On March 29, 2018, APHIS announced revised standards that provide guidance on how to meet program and interstate moveme...
April 27, 2018

Arbor Day essay contest winners selected
PIERRE, SD - Larissa Stahl of Tabor, Sophie Dowling of Murdo and Connor Torkelson of Wanblee have been selected as the winning essayists in the 2018 Arbor Day Essay Contest. Sponsored by South Dakota's conservation districts, McDonald's Restaurants of South Dakota and South Dakot...
April 27, 2018

Beef Crawl to Feature Dishes at Top Rapid City Restaurants
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Rapid City food lovers will have a unique opportunity on May 7. Not only will they be able to sample delicious beef dishes at Rapid City's top restaurants, they'll also be dining with the ranchers who made the meal possible. The Sixth Annual Beef Crawl is is a...
April 25, 2018

Cattle Mineral Nutrition for Producers Program Begins Soon
BROOKINGS, S.D. - North and South Dakota livestock producers are encouraged to participate in the Cattle Mineral Nutrition for Producers program co-hosted by SDSU Extension and NDSU Extension. Launched in 2017, theCattle Mineral Nutrition for Producers program is designed to hel...
April 25, 2018

Angus-sired calf feed-out program planned
BISMARCK, ND - Cattle producers will have an opportunity to see how Angus-sired cattle from their operation perform in a feedlot during the North Dakota Angus University (NDAU) calf feed-out program this summer and fall.Producers also will be able to learn about the potential pro...
April 25, 2018

National return rate of USDA ag census is lower
WASHINGTON, DC - The USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service is reminding farmers that the window is closing on the opportunity to participate in the 2017 Census of Agriculture. To date, NASS has received more than 1.5 million completed questionnaires. But the national re...
April 25, 2018

South Dakota Classifies Dicamba Products as Restricted Use Pesticides
UNDATED - As of April 30, all pesticide products containing only dicamba, and having agricultural use labels, sold in South Dakota are classified as restricted use pesticides (RUPs). This includes over-the-counter herbicides that were previously sold to unlicensed applicators and...
April 24, 2018

South Dakota Layers Down, Egg Production Up
UNDATED - All layers in South Dakota during March 2018 totaled 2.71 million, down from 2.75 million the previous year, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. South Dakota egg production during March totaled 71.1 million eggs, up from 67.7 million in 20...
April 24, 2018

Only 2 Percent of S.D. Spring Wheat in the Ground
UNDATED - For the week ending Sunday, there were 0.5 days suitable for fieldwork, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Topsoil moisture supplies rated 2 percent very short, 11 short, 79 adequate, and 8 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 5 percen...
April 24, 2018

Disease confirmed in Bowman County barrel-racing horse
BISMARCK, N.D. - A disease more commonly known as EHM has been confirmed in a barrel-racing horse in Bowman County. The state Agriculture Department says the horse was quickly euthanized, and horses that were exposed to the sick horse in the previous days have been quarantined. ...
April 24, 2018

Annual Beef Crawl offers fine food, conversation with ranchers
RAPID CITY, SD -  Food lovers will have a unique opportunity in May. Not only will they be able to sample delicious beef dishes at Rapid City's top restaurants, they'll also be dining with the ranchers who made the meal possible. The Sixth Annual Beef Crawl is set for May 7...
April 23, 2018

Stockgrowers search for executive vp
Montana Stockgrowers Association Director of Natural Resources, Jay Bodner, has been named the interim Executive Vice President upon the resignation of Errol Rice. Jay Bodner has served in his current capacity for the past sixteen years. For twelve years, Errol has tirelessly le...
April 23, 2018

Weather outlook points to easing drought conditions
RAPID CITY, SD - According to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center outlook, the relentless cool and wet climate pattern throughout South Dakota is likely to fade away as summer approaches. "The outlooks show a transition away from cool...
April 23, 2018

Show 4-H Pride with License Plate Decal
BROOKINGS, S.D. - 4-H members, supporters and alumni can show their pride with a 4-H license plate decal. All funds collected from the $10 decals will go to 4-H programming. "This decal provides an opportunity to showcase 4-H pride," explained Peter Nielson, SDSU Extension Coor...
April 19, 2018

Managing Heifers to Improve Longevity
BROOKINGS, S.D. - Management strategies to develop the best possible conception rate for replacement heifers are critical to improve longevity in the herd. Hence the ultimate goal is the same: getting the heifers bred - and preferably early in the breeding season. "Developing or...
April 18, 2018

Cool and Wet Spring Slowing Down Planting Season 2018
BROOKINGS, S.D. - Spring is slow to come this year, as late season snowstorms continue to impact South Dakota. "Indeed, as of April 10, this is currently the coldest start to April on record for many locations in the state," said Laura Edwards, SDSU Extension State Climatologist...
April 18, 2018

New beef labeling request aimed at lab grown product
WASHINGTON, DC - National Farmers urged the Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Services to establish new beef labeling requirements. The move comes as support for the U.S. Cattlemen's Association's petition, filed Feb. 9, that would exclude product not derived ...
April 18, 2018

South Dakota Spring Wheat, Oats Planting Rate Far Behind Averages
UNDATED - For the week ending Sunday, there were 0.6 days suitable for fieldwork, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Topsoil moisture supplies rated 4 percent very short, 14 short, 76 adequate, and 6 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 10 perce...
April 17, 2018

Cargill closing malt plant near Jamestown
SPIRITWOOD, N.D. - Cargill says it will close its malt plant near Jamestown in October. The closing will affect about 55 employees at Spiritwood Energy Park. Cargill spokeswoman April Nelson says demand has dropped for the locally-produced type of malts being used in the produc...
April 17, 2018

Producer share of food dollar declines again
WASHINGTON, DC - On average, U.S. farmers received 14.8 cents for farm commodity sales from each dollar spent on domestically-produced food in 2016, down from 15.5 cents in 2015. Known as the farm share, this amount is at its lowest level for the period 1993 to 2016, and coincide...
April 16, 2018

First draft of Farm Bill contains changes to many programs
WASHINGTON, DC - Held up over disagreements over federal food stamps, the first draft of the 2018 farm bill arrived Thursday, bearing 35 changes to that program, including starting a national database of participants. The current farm bill expires September 30. In the past, Cong...
April 16, 2018

Nebraska's Craft Brewery Board seeks grant proposals
LINCOLN, NE - By encouraging Nebraskans to "Grow local. Brew local, and Buy local," the Nebraska Craft Brewery Board hopes to enhance the state's hop and craft brewery industry. Every year the Craft Brewery Board awards grants to fund research, development and marketing projects...
April 16, 2018

Cattlemen pleased with Farm Bill provisions
WASHINGTON, DC - Farm and ranch ag groups around the country gave a universal thumbs up to the just released House Ag Committee's language for the 2018 Farm Bill text in the Ul.S. House of Representatives. "We're pleased to see the House Agriculture Committee's language for...
April 16, 2018

Nominations sought for ag ambassador
PIERRE, SD - The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) is seeking nominations for the 2018 South Dakota Governor's Ag Ambassador Award. Nominees should be for individuals or organizations who have continually worked to promote agriculture in South Dakota, while demonstra...
April 16, 2018

Deadly disease spreads to more North Dakota bighorn herds
BISMARCK, N.D. - Deadly bacterial pneumonia among bighorn sheep in the western North Dakota Badlands spread to three previously unaffected herds last year. That resulted in the smallest estimated population in more than a decade - 265 animals. Big game biologist Brett Wiedmann ...
April 14, 2018

Producers hit it big with farmer-owned restaurants
RESTON, VA - North Dakota Farmers Union's seventh farmer-owned restaurant has opened its doors this week in Reston, VA. Founding Farmers Reston is located at Reston Station on D.C.'s Metro subway line. "Besides great food and atmosphere, our restaurants reflect the tremendous su...
April 12, 2018

USDA says taxpayers will compensate ranchers, farmers for any losses over trade dispute
WASHINGTON, DC - The United States Department of Agriculture said it would protect the U.S. farming industry should China impose tariffs on products including beef, pork, and soybeans, among other commodities. But the USDA declined to go into details on how it would protect the i...
April 12, 2018

State lawmaker says TransCanada should be ashamed
PIERRE, SD - The spill from TransCanada’s Keystone Oil pipeline in Marshall County, South Dakota turned out to be much larger than was first reported when it occurred last November. The original spill total was put at 210,000 gallons but this week it was determined 407,000 ...
April 11, 2018

Equine Herpes Virus Confirmed in South Dakota
PIERRE, S.D. - Equine Herpesvirus has been confirmed in a horse in Lincoln County, South Dakota. The horse became ill with neurologic signs, including incoordination and difficulty walking. The horse was treated at a local veterinary clinic and the disease was confirmed with labo...
April 11, 2018

Weather Dampens South Dakota Fieldwork
UNDATED - For the week ending Sunday, there were 0.4 days suitable for fieldwork, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Topsoil moisture supplies rated 4 percent very short, 20 short, 72 adequate, and 4 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 10 perce...
April 10, 2018

Momentum Against Checkoff Continues with Ninth Circuit Ruling
BILLINGS, Mont. - The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Monday upheld a lower court ruling that the USDA's Beef Checkoff program is being administered in a way that interferes with ranchers' First Amendment rights, and that the government should be enjoined fro...
April 10, 2018

Syn-bio meat research opens possibilities and limitations
LARAMIE, WY - The roof of the University of Wyoming's Animal Science/Molecular Biology Building provided protection from any lightning strikes from heaven while Jim Kinder from The Ohio State University stood in front of the class. The words "synthetic meat" had just come from h...
April 9, 2018

Goat Yoga part of fundraiser
LARAMIE, WY - Yoga, goats and humans will mix in a Fremont County 4-H program fundraiser Saturday, April 28, in Lander. All proceeds from the Goat Yoga Fundraiser go to the county's 4-H program, said Laura Balis, University of Wyoming Extension educator. The cost is $10. The ev...
April 9, 2018

Trade dispute looms over Montana beef deal
BILLINGS, MT (AP) – A brewing trade war between China and the U.S. comes at an inopportune time for Montana ranchers who are seeking to close a multi-year deal to export up to $200 million of beef through China’s largest online retailer, industry representatives said ...
April 6, 2018

South Dakota ranchers say drought aid data is inaccurate
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Some ranchers in western South Dakota say data that determines their eligibility for federal drought aid is inaccurate.  Local ranchers raised the issue with Republican U.S. Sen. John Thune of South Dakota during a Wednesday discussion over a fe...
April 6, 2018

China retaliates against United States over trade
WASHINGTON, DC (AP) — China responded to President Trump’s added tariffs on China steel and aluminum imports to the U.S., by imposing  $3 billion of tariffs on U.S. farm goods and other exports this week, bringing the world’s two largest economies closer to...
April 3, 2018

Decision Making 2018: Grazing and Finance Planning For Agriculture Operations
UNDATED - SDSU Extension’s team of experts recognize the challenges South Dakota’s agriculture producers face as they enter the 2018 grazing season. To help ranchers with planning for the future, SDSU Extension will host several Grazing and Finance Planning meetings t...
March 31, 2018

S.D. Plans to Plant More Spring Wheat, Flaxseed, Sorghum
UNDATED - South Dakota corn growers intend to plant 5.70 million acres this year, unchanged from 2017, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Soybean planted acreage is expected to be 5.60 million acres, down 1 percent from last year. All hay acreage ...
March 31, 2018

South Dakota Hog Inventory Up 14 Percent
UNDATED - South Dakota inventory of all hogs and pigs on March 1, 2018, was 1.66 million head, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. This was up 14 percent from March 1, 2017, and up 6 percent from December 1, 2017. Breeding hog inventory, at 235,000 ...
March 31, 2018

Stock Growers Land Trust conserves ranch land near Lander
CHEYENNE, Wyo. - The Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust has completed a conservation easement project in Fremont County. The trust says the easement covers 3 square miles (761 hectares) of deeded agricultural land on the Woolery Ranch. The ranch is located south of Lander and th...
March 31, 2018

Central Plains Dairy Foundation Accepts $225,000 Challenge
UNDATED - To launch the 2018 Central Plains Dairy EXPO, the Central Plains Dairy Foundation announced it has received a $225,000 challenge grant from the Central Plains Dairy Association to be raised over the next three years. The grant will match dollar for dollar for all new en...
March 28, 2018

More aid given to drought-stricken ranchers
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The state Agriculture Department said this week that it helped distribute more hay to drought-stricken ranchers, amid cautious optimism that this year won't be as bone-dry as last.The Agriculture Department said it had helped coordinate the distributio...
March 26, 2018

Harrold pulse plant on hiatus as it deals with money woes
PIERRE, S.D. - The only plant in South Dakota that processes pulse crops such as field peas and lentils has stopped buying from farmers as it deals with financial woes. The South Dakota Pulse Processors plant in Harrold earlier this year got some relief from creditors who delaye...
March 22, 2018

State pledges one million dollars to ag foundation
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Gov. Dennis Daugaard and agriculture industry leaders are promising to contribute a combined $1 million if the South Dakota Agriculture Foundation can raise $4 million in the next five years for agricultural education. In announcing the contribution pro...
March 21, 2018

Offcials concerned over positive brucellosis test in elk
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - State wildlife and livestock officials say an elk captured in the Tendoy Mountains in southwestern Montana tested positive for exposure to brucellosis. The Montana Department of Livestock said Wednesday this is the first time a positive test has been found ...
March 21, 2018

Groups Want Summary Judgment in Suit to Return USDA COOL
UNDATED - Independent, domestic rancher groups R-CALF USA and the Cattle Producers of Washington (CPoW) made arguments in a pivotal hearing on their lawsuit to reinstate a section of the recently repealed Country-of-Origin Labeling law that required beef and pork imported from fo...
March 20, 2018

Sessions Planned on Grazing and Finance Planning
UNDATED - SDSU Extension's team of experts recognize the challenges South Dakota's agriculture producers face as they enter the 2018 grazing season. To help ranchers with planning for the future, SDSU Extension will host several Grazing and Finance Planning meetings throughout we...
March 20, 2018

Deal reached to fix unintended tax break for certain farmers
MINNEAPOLIS - Congressional committees and farm groups have crafted language to fix a provision in the federal tax overhaul that gave an unintended tax advantage to farmers who sell their crops to cooperatives instead of other buyers. Both sides are now trying to get it included...
March 15, 2018

Ag Product Haulers Get Another 90-Day Waiver from ELD Rule
UNDATED - The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has given livestock and ag product haulers another 90-day waiver from the Electronic Logging Device rules. The new deadline is June 18. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President Kevin Kester is pleased with the...
March 15, 2018

U.S. Tractor Sales Fell in February, Combines Were Up
UNDATED - According to the Association of Equipment Manufacturer's monthly "Flash Report," the sale of all tractors in the U.S. in February 2018, were down 10% compared to the same month last year.For the two months in 2018, a total of 10,486 tractors were sold which compares to ...
March 13, 2018

South Dakota Farm Families Recognize National Ag Day All Month
UNDATED - One day isn't enough to recognize the contribution that South Dakota's farm and ranch families make to our state's food supply, economy and communities, so South Dakota Farm Families is extending its National Ag Day celebration with events the entire month of March.Nati...
March 13, 2018

Group Defends Checkoff Injunction Before Appeals Court
BILLINGS, Mont. - In oral arguments before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals today, R-CALF USA's attorney, David Muraskin of Public Justice, defended the group's preliminary injunction awarded by the U.S. District Court for the District of Montana. The preliminary injunction enj...
March 5, 2018

Prison sentenced ordered for rancher in lending scam
OMAHA, NB - A 24-year-old rancher was sent to prison for a year and ordered to pay restitution of $275,400 for scamming the federal Farm Services Agency in South Dakota. Paxton Carrier, whose address is listed as Harrison, Neb., near the far southwest border with South Dakota, w...
March 5, 2018

Oral arguments over beef checkoff lawsuit broadcasting on line
WASHINGTON, DC - The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments Monday, March 5, 2018 from attorneys representing Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and R-CALF USA in Perdue's appeal of R-CALF USA's beef checkoff program lawsuit.  The case, R-CALF USA v. Sonny ...
March 5, 2018

Collaboration to help iconic Monarch butterfly
KANSAS CITY, MO - Farmers For Monarchs, a broad-based collaboration aimed at addressing on-farm conservation efforts, was launched this week at Commodity Classic, America's largest farmer-led convention and trade show. This unprecedented, united effort by farmers, ranchers, lando...
March 1, 2018

Mystery surrounding poisoned cattle remains
HOWARD, S.D. (AP) — The case of an eastern South Dakota rancher whose 44 cattle were mysteriously poisoned and killed on Halloween remains unsolved.The state Department of Criminal Investigation has not been able to track down the cattle-killer.Bernard Donahue said that his...
February 27, 2018

Value-Added Board Approves Beginning Farmer Bonds
UNDATED - The South Dakota Value Added Finance Authority (VAFA) board approved the issuance of two beginning farmer bonds.The VAFA board approved two bond issues for a total of $851,000 for two qualifying beginning farmers. Public hearings were held on both projects with no comme...
February 26, 2018

South Dakota Cattle on Feed Up 8 Percent from 2017
UNDATED - South Dakota feedlots, with capacities of 1,000 or more head, contained 260,000 cattle on feed on February 1, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. This inventory was up 8 percent from last year.Placements during January totaled 45,000 head, ...
February 26, 2018

More production, softer prices part of USDA 10 year ag outlook
WASHINGTON, DC - The USDA Economic Research Service has released the updated 10-year agricultural projections through 2027. The report addresses a wide range of agricultural commodities, agricultural trade, and aggregate indicators. According to the report, over the next several...
February 26, 2018

Wyoming House Agriculture Committee Passes Country of Origin Placard Bill
Cheyenne, Wy. - Wyoming House Agriculture Committee just passed the Country of Origin Placard Bill by a vote of 6 to 3. The measure will now go to the Full House Floor later this week. The bill was sponsored by Representative Hans Hunt and Representative Cheri Steinmetz.  ...
February 23, 2018

North Dakota exports total $2B in 2017
BISMARCK, N.D. - The U.S. Commercial Service says that excluding oil, North Dakota exported more than $2 billion worth of products last year, which is a 5.6 percent increase over 2016. The Bismarck Tribune reports that the state's export growth was led by soybeans and machinery,...
February 22, 2018

U.S. Milk Production Hits New Record in 2017
UNDATED - The annual production of milk for the U.S. during 2017 was 215 billion pounds, 1.4 percent above 2016.Production per cow averaged 22,941 pounds for the year, about 163 pounds above 2016.The average annual rate of milk production per cow has increased 12.5 percent from 2...
February 22, 2018

Applications Open for South Dakota Agricultural & Rural Leadership
BROOKINGS, S.D. - Agriculture producers, agribusiness professionals and rural community leaders are encouraged to apply for the 2018-2020 class of South Dakota Agricultural & Rural Leadership (SDARL). Established 20 years ago, the premiere leadership organization iden...
February 21, 2018

What to Consider When Selecting a Calving Book App
BROOKINGS, S.D. - In today's day and age, there is an app for many of the tasks livestock producers conduct each day, from keeping track of markets, banking and even calving records. With so many options available, livestock producers looking to implement a calving app th...
February 21, 2018

Nationwide Safety Contest Aims to Prevent Grain Bin Deaths
UNDATED - Each year, farmers risk their lives by entering large grain bins to remove clumped or rotting grain while machinery is still running. Much like quicksand, flowing grain can bury a worker within seconds.Because these accidents have become all too common, Nationwide is la...
February 15, 2018

South Dakota Master Pork Producers Recognized
DELL RAPIDS, S.D. - Bruce Burkhart, Dell Rapids, was named a 2017 South Dakota Master Pork Producer and is one of three South Dakota pork producers recognized during the S.D. Master Pork Producer banquet held in Sioux Falls.The S.D. Master Pork Producers is a volunteer organizati...
February 14, 2018

Rounds heads up Bipartisan Bill to Exempt Livestock from Emissions Reports
UNDATED - U.S. Senators Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), and Pat Roberts (R-Kansas), Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Tom Carper (D-Del.) introduced the Fair Agricultural Reporting Method (FARM) Act. The b...
February 14, 2018

Crews disinfect Wyoming barns after reports of horse virus
GILLETTE, Wyo. - A crew is working on sanitizing and disinfecting barns at a multi-event facility in Gillette after reports of a horse virus. The Gillette News Record reports one horse in the area has been euthanized and another is suspected of suffering from equine herpes viru...
February 7, 2018

South Dakota Calf Crop Up 9 Percent from 2016
STURGIS, S.D. All cattle and calves in South Dakota as of January 1, 2018 totaled 4.00 million head, up 4 percent from January 1, 2017, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service.All cows and heifers that had calved totaled 1.92 million head, up 8 percent fr...
February 5, 2018

Cattle and sheep numbers up in North Dakota from 2017
BISMARCK, N.D. - North Dakota has more cattle and sheep than it did a year ago. New reports from the federal Agriculture Department show 1.86 million cattle and calves in the state on Jan. 1, up 2 percent from last year at the same time. Sheep and lambs totaled 70,000 head, up ...
February 5, 2018

Border states dicamba training recognized by North Dakota
BISMARCK, N.D. - North Dakota's Agriculture Department is allowing border-area applicators of the controversial weed killer dicamba to do their mandatory training in Minnesota or South Dakota. But the agency says applicators will need to carry evidence of the training in the fie...
February 5, 2018

How to compare EPD information across breeds
CLAY, NB - Since 1993, the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center (USMARC) has produced a table of factors to adjust Expected Progeny Differences (EPDs) so that the genetic merit of individual animals can be compared across breeds. These adjustment factors are needed because EPDs publi...
February 5, 2018

Breed associations team up for baldy program
PHOENIX, AZ  – Two of the largest beef breed associations in the U.S. have teamed up to offer commercial cattlemen a groundbreaking, genetically verified program to improve their bottom line. The Red Angus Association of America and the American Hereford Associati...
February 5, 2018

Ag group concerned about electronic identification
RAPID CITY, S.D. - While most producers track their cattle with ear tags or brands, a new mandate would require that all cattle are identified with a small electronic tag.Right now, producers can electronically identify animals voluntarily and have the opportunity to receive prem...
February 3, 2018

Record Amount of Land Hits the Market Through FNC
OMAHA, Neb. –  Data released by land grant universities and industry organizations point out that there has been less farm and ranch land for sale than usual the past few years. Despite today's slow land market, Farmers National Company is experiencing a 50 percen...
February 1, 2018

New Agtegra Cooperative Begins Operations
ABERDEEN, S.D. - Today marks the official launch of the farmer-owned Agtegra Cooperative, the result of unification of South Dakota Wheat Growers and North Central Farmers Elevator. Headquartered in Aberdeen, South Dakota, the new cooperative will serve more than 60 communities w...
February 1, 2018

CattleFax Predicts Large Supply and Strong Demand in 2018
PHOENIX, ARIZ. – CattleFax celebrated its 50th anniversary during the popular CattleFax Outlook Session at the 2018 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show. CattleFax Senior Analyst Kevin Good highlighted the industry’s profitability during 2017 and said t...
February 1, 2018

Two deer in southwest North Dakota have wasting disease
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The North Dakota Game and Fish Department says two deer have tested positive for chronic wasting disease in the southwestern part of the state. The department says a whitetail buck and a mule deer doe taken during the 2017 deer gun season from Unit 3F2 were ...
January 31, 2018

EPA head steps in to delay reporting regulations
WASHINGTON, DC – When the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) passed the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) and the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) to target toxic Superfund sites, it was with the under...
January 24, 2018

Pacific trade deal throws a wrench into NAFTA talks
DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada and the remaining 11 countries of the Trans-Pacific Partnership have agreed to a revised trade agreement. The deal comes exactly one year after U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew from the agreem...
January 24, 2018

Farmers Union Opposed to Repeal of Tax Provision for Co-ops
HURON, S.D. -  Efforts by U.S. senators to reform a tax provision passed into law December 2017 may not be in the best interest of farmers or the viability of cooperatives, said Doug Sombke, President of South Dakota Farmers Union. The provision in question involves ...
January 23, 2018

Sustaining the Legacy Farm Transition Planning Programs Set
UNDATED - Passing the family farm or ranch operation on to the next generation is the focus of SDSU Extension's Sustaining the Legacy programs held in Sioux Falls and Pierre.The Sioux Falls event will be held Feb. 1, 8 and 15 and the Pierre event will be held Feb. 13, 20 and 27."...
January 22, 2018

Public meetings set during stock show on ELD regulations
RAPID CITY, SD – Following two years since the passage of new trucking regulations that allowed for a 24 month compliance time-frame,  states like South Dakota and agricultural and industrial interests found themselves unprepared for the actual implementation – w...
January 19, 2018

Tax reform and the horse business: What you should know
WASHINGTON, DC – Following the signing of the new tax law, federal policy makers began immediately to discuss the likelihood of moving legislation in 2018 to address technical changes and clarifications to the 1,100-page law. While the American Horse Council takes a deeper...
January 19, 2018

Largest cattle feeding operation in world announces sale
GREELEY, CO (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Affiliates of Pinnacle Asset Management, L.P., a leading commodities and natural resources investment firm, announced they have entered into an agreement to acquire the U.S.-based cattle feeding assets and farms, collectively known as Five Riv...
January 19, 2018

Tax overhaul favors sales to cooperatives
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Key senators and farm groups are trying to fix a provision in the federal tax overhaul that gave an unexpected tax break to farmers who sell their crops to cooperatives instead of other buyers. The provision from Republican Sens. John Thune of South Dakota and...
January 19, 2018

Ag summit explores 'Life Beyond Breaking Even'
BISMARCK, ND - Farm and ranch families and the professionals who support them will learn more about the current farm economy, farm management options, and ways to deal with farm and family stress at the Life Beyond Breaking Even: Farm Economic Summit set for Jan. 29-30 in Bismarc...
January 17, 2018

Federal law includes ranches, farms as possible Superfund sites
WASHINGTON, DC – The National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) kicked off a media campaign aimed at spotlighting and correcting a recent court decision that will require livestock producers to comply with laws that are only meant to apply to highly toxic Superfund sites....
January 17, 2018

SDSU Develops Online Resource to Connect Custom Feeding Partners
BROOKINGS, S.D. - Custom cattle feeding can be a win-win strategy when done correctly. "Feeding someone else's cattle provides a method to market feedstuffs without tying up the capital required to own the livestock," said Warren Rusche, SDSU Extension Beef Feedlot Mana...
January 17, 2018

SDSU Extension Hosts Soil Health Event in Mitchell February 15, 2018
BROOKINGS, S.D. - The agronomist to the 2016 recipients of the Leopold Award for Conservation is among the line-up of speakers featured during the SDSU Extension eighth annual Mitchell Soil Health Event Feb. 15, 2018 at the Highland Conference Center (2000 Highland Way). ...
January 17, 2018

South Dakota 4-H Members Participate in Western National Roundup
BROOKINGS, S.D. - Twenty-one South Dakota 4-H members represented the state, competing along with more than 1000 youth from more than 33 states including Alberta, Canada attended the Western National Roundup January 4-7, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. The trip from South D...
January 17, 2018

Wheat Stocks Down 36 Percent; Oats Down 27
UNDATED - South Dakota corn stocks in all positions on December 1, 2017 totaled 663 million bushels, down 4 percent from 2016, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Of the total, 425 million bushels are stored on farms, down 9 percent from a year ago. ...
January 15, 2018

S.D. Millet Acres at Record Low; Dry Peas at Record Production
UNDATED - Corn for grain production in South Dakota, based on year-end surveys, is estimated at 737 million bushels, down 11 percent from 2016, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Yield of 145 bushels per acre is down 16 bushels from last year. Farme...
January 15, 2018

South Dakota Seeds 850,000 Acres of Wheat
UNDATED - Winter wheat seeded area for 2018 is estimated at 850,000 acres, down from last year's seeded area of 910,000 acres, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service.U.S. winter wheat planted area for harvest in 2018 is estimated at 32.6 million acres, d...
January 15, 2018

State Farm Bureau President meets with President Trump
NASHVILLE, TN – The national convention of the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) took on a decidedly political tone when President Donald Trump made an appearance – the first in 25 years of a seated president – at the event attended by growers from across t...
January 11, 2018

Raven Industries gives $5M to SDSU for precision ag building
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - A Sioux Falls company is donating $5 million toward building a home for the precision agriculture program at South Dakota State University Raven Industries President and CEO Dan Rykhus says the donation is an investment, noting the company's work in the field...
January 11, 2018

Sunflower research forum set in North Dakota this week
FARGO, N.D. - The commodity group that represents sunflower farmers around the country is holding its annual research forum this week in North Dakota. The two-day event hosted by the National Sunflower Association is Wednesday and Thursday at the Delta by Marriot hotel in Fargo....
January 9, 2018

Colorado Legislature to consider beef identifying bill
Denver, Colo. - On Friday, State Representative Kimmi Lewis and State Senator Vicki Marble introduced in Colorado's 2018 General Assembly a bill titled, "Beef Country of Origin Recognition System," also referred to as the "Beef COORS bill" by the sponsors.   If passed, the...
January 9, 2018

Vale Ag Fair opens doors to ranchers, farmers, businesses
VALE, SD – The Vale Ag Fair will host exhibitors, vendors and a free meal to hundreds of producers and rural families in the area. Set for Wednesday, January 10, 2018, the annual event is in a new location – the Vale Community Hall – and offers everything from ...
January 9, 2018

Lamb and sports at annual bonanza event
BROOKINGS, SD - The 26th Annual Lamb Bonanza will be held January 13, 2018 at Frost Arena on the campus of South Dakota State University. "The event showcases the South Dakota lamb and wool industry and is held in conjunction with an afternoon of SDSU basketball," said Jeff He...
January 5, 2018

Special commission meeting to discuss lifting burn ban
STURGIS, SD – A special meeting of the Meade County Commission is planned for today, Wednesday, January 3, 2018.  According to Commissioner Galen Niederwerder, the issue at hand is his proposal to lift the burn ban in Meade County. Rural landowners who utilize garbag...
January 3, 2018

Wheeler County herd quarantined over bovine tuberculosis
LINCOLN, Neb. - A cattle herd in north-central Nebraska's Wheeler County where a cow tested positive for bovine tuberculosis remains in quarantine as authorities test other animals. Nebraska Agriculture Department spokeswoman Kristin Kamm said Thursday that none of the cattle ha...
December 29, 2017

Petition calls for end to mutton bustin' at National Western Stock Show
DENVER, Colo.  – An online petition started by a woman who lives in the United Kingdom is targeting the popular mutton bustin’ event at the National Western Stock Show in Denver. Samantha Francis, the U.K. resident who created the petition said she had  bee...
December 29, 2017

BHSS names 2018 honorees
RAPID CITY, SD - The Black Hills Stock Show Stockman's Banquet and Ball will honor the accomplishments of four individuals at the annual event, Saturday, January 27, 2018. The Stockman's Banquet and Ball has a tradition of honoring those who have excelled in the agricultural ind...
December 29, 2017

Conservation grants available to producers
WASHINGTON, DC - The Agriculture Department's Natural Resources Conservation Service on Monday announced the availabity of $10 million in the Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) program, funding innovative conservation projects in three areas: grazing lands, organic systems and ...
December 29, 2017

Beef campaign celebrates 25th anniversary
DENVER, CO  – A new generation of consumers is getting to know beef through the new beef checkoff-funded Beef. It's What's For Dinner. campaign, launched in October. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of its introduction, the iconic brand has been refreshed, celebrating...
December 29, 2017

Registration deadline nears for AgVocates Conference
FT PIERRE, SD – Offering speakers, industry panels and individualized break out sessions, SDSU Extension will host the Power of Women as AgVocates Conference January 19-20, 2018. "This conference is designed for women to learn about the power of advocating for you, your fa...
December 29, 2017

SD State Fair organizers brainstorming for 2018
HURON, SD - Bringing back the parade of livestock champions is among the ideas a South Dakota State Fair task force is exploring for the annual event in Huron. Fair manager Peggy Besch said finding a time that could work for all 4-H, FFA and open-class winners is “a little...
December 28, 2017

SDDA Registers Dicamba Products in South Dakota
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) has approved Engenia, Xtendimax with Vapor Grip technology and Fexapan herbicides for use in South Dakota for the 2018 growing season. These labels expire Dec. 20, 2018. The SDDA will use the federal EPA stam...
December 20, 2017

NAHMS Report on Cattle and Calves Death Loss in U.S.
UNDATED - USDA's National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS) has released Death Loss in U.S. Cattle and Calves Due to Predator and Nonpredator Causes, 2015, a comprehensive report on producer-reported causes of death in cattle and calves in all 50 states.Since 1995, NAHMS ha...
December 20, 2017

Few farmers applied to South Dakota buffer strip program
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Few South Dakota farmers have taken advantage of Gov. Dennis Daugaard's tax break program that rewards those who plant grass or wildflowers between their crops and polluted lakes, rivers or streams. The Argus Leader reports that the state's Department of Reve...
December 19, 2017

SDQHA to recognize Hall of Fame winners
PIERRE, SD - The South Dakota Quarter Horse Association (SDQHA) is hosting its annual banquet that will honor three South Dakota AQHA Hall of Fame winners, South Dakota Legacy breeders, and South Dakota 50 year breeders. The event also recognizes both adult and youth association...
December 15, 2017

South Dakota harvest rebounds following drought conditions
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Federal agriculture officials say timely rain, additional acres planted and improved seed hybrids helped salvage South Dakota harvest this year, despite the worst drought conditions in five years. U.S. Department of Agriculture December projections put the s...
December 14, 2017

Online drought aid map being deactivated at end of month
BISMARCK, N.D. - North Dakota's Agriculture Department at the end of the month is deactivating an online map it set up in June to help drought-impacted farmers and ranchers. The Drought Hotline map was launched to help connect producers in need of hay and those with hay to sell,...
December 12, 2017

2 sunflower seed competitors in spitting match over slogans
FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Two sunflower seed competitors in the Dakotas are accusing each other of false advertising. Wahpeton, North Dakota-based Giant Snacks, Inc. filed a lawsuit against Mound City, South Dakota-based Wild Dutchman Products, Inc. last month. It alleges that Wild Dut...
December 9, 2017

South Dakota Farmer Elected to Lead National Soybean Checkoff
ST. LOUIS - Lewis Bainbridge, a soybean farmer from South Dakota, was elected chair of the United Soybean Board (USB). Bainbridge, a third-generation farmer, previously served the board as USB vice chair. The soy checkoff, which works to maximize profit opportunities for U.S. soy...
December 7, 2017

Doug Sombke Reelected to Serve as S.D. Farmers Union President of During 102nd State Convention
HURON, S.D. - Doug Sombke was reelected to serve as President of South Dakota Farmers Union during the organization's 102nd State Convention held in Huron Nov. 30-Dec.1, 2017.   "I love this organization because it gives a voice to family farmers and ranchers,"...
December 4, 2017

South Dakota dairy farm raises concerns for Minnesota lake
HENDRICKS, Minn. - A legal fight over a proposed mega-dairy farm near a lake that helps drive the economy in southwestern Minnesota will soon be heard in a South Dakota courtroom. Minnesota Public Radio reports that the Lake Hendricks Improvement Association has filed a court c...
November 29, 2017

North Dakota rules set for use of controversial weed killer
BISMARCK, N.D. - North Dakota has developed state rules for use of the controversial weed killer dicamba on soybeans next year. Complaints have arisen nationwide of dicamba drift damaging neighboring crops. There were more than 200 complaints this year in North Dakota. The fede...
November 29, 2017

Increase the Resilience of Your Ranching Operation
UNDATED - Each year the profitability of the farm or ranch is challenged by conditions that negatively impact revenue and increase expenses.Currently, we continue to experience drought conditions across western South Dakota. Depending on which side of the fence you stand on, some...
November 29, 2017

South Dakota 4-Hers Donate 19,474 Pieces of Clothing to Those in Need
BROOKINGS, S.D. - South Dakota 4-Hers donated more than 19,000 pieces of clothing to neighbors in need as part of the Head-to-Toe statewide service project launched in 2016.   Organized by the South Dakota 4-H Youth Council, the annual service project provides an opportuni...
November 29, 2017

Drought Conditions Continue in Western South Dakota
UNDATED - For the week ending Sunday, most producers completed fall harvest and other field activities following unseasonably warm weather across much of South Dakota, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. However, the dry conditions and lack of snow c...
November 29, 2017

Fall harvest in South Dakota close to wrapping up
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - The fall harvest in South Dakota is close to wrapping up. The federal Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop report that the sunflower harvest is 89 percent complete, the sorghum harvest 90 percent done and the corn harvest 92 percent complete. The r...
November 21, 2017

ELD compliance delayed for ag, livestock haulers
WASHINGTON, DC - Truckers hauling agriculture loads and livestock will receive an extension to comply with the U.S. DOT’s electronic logging device mandate, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced this week. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration...
November 21, 2017

NASS to Collect Crop Production and Stocks Data
UNDATED - As the 2017 growing season comes to an end, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will contact producers nationwide to gather final year-end crop production numbers and the amount of grain and oilseeds stored on their farms...
November 15, 2017

Over 37,000 Americans tell Commerce Secretary to Bring COOL To Trade Negotiations
UNDATED - Public Justice, The Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Fund (R-CALF), Food & Water Watch, and Farm Aid today delivered the signatures of 37,299 Americans demanding that the Commerce Department, and the Trump Administration more generally, follow through on the campaign promi...
November 15, 2017

Crop Report: Most S.D. Producers Finish Up 2017 Harvest
UNDATED - For the week ending Sunday, many producers completed fall harvest following a mostly dry week, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Temperatures were below average for most locations. However, minimal precipitation allowed continued progress...
November 14, 2017

Yankton County commissioners ask for conflicts probe
YANKTON, S.D. - Two Yankton County commissioners have asked for an investigation into their own potential conflicts of interest over concentrated animal feeding operation permitting. The Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan reports that Commissioner Todd Woods made the first reques...
November 8, 2017

Producer Groups Urge President to Reverse Ag Secretary's GIPSA Decision
Billings, Mont. - In a letter sent today, R-CALF USA and its statewide cattle association affiliates are among 80 producer groups urging President Trump to issue an executive order reversing Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue's recent decision to withdraw what are known as the Gr...
November 7, 2017

Ranch Groups File Summary Judgement Brief in COOL Case
UNDATED - Co-plaintiffs R-CALF USA and the Cattle Producers of Washington (CPoW) filed a brief for summary judgement in their country-of-origin labeling (COOL) case in the federal district court located in Spokane, Wash. The groups seek to reinstate that portion of the recently r...
November 7, 2017

S.D. Harvests Lagging Behind Averages
UNDATED - For the week ending Sunday, corn harvest advanced and soybean harvest ended for most producers, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Producers continued to contend with strong winds and below normal temperatures. The week was generally dry f...
November 7, 2017

Governor Reappoints Members to Value Added Finance Authority Board
PIERRE, S.D. – Nathan Jensen of Beresford, Jim Doolittle of Belle Fourche and Jim Schmidt of Sioux Falls were reappointed to the South Dakota Value-Added Finance Authority (VAFA) board by Gov. Dennis Daugaard this month. Jensen serves as senior vice president for First Dak...
November 6, 2017

Perdue Announces FSA and Rural Development State Directors
UNDATED - U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced a slate of Farm Service Agency (FSA) and Rural Development (RD) State Directors, all serving as appointees of President Trump. FSA state firectors help implement U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) policies in plann...
November 6, 2017

R-CALF: Checkoff Contractor Undermining Trump's Trade Policy
UNDATED - In a complaint and request for investigation filed with Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and United States Trade Ambassador Robert Lighthizer, R-CALF USA accused a major Beef Checkoff Program recipient, the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF), of attempting to influen...
November 6, 2017

Sheep Shearing School in North and South Dakota
UNDATED - Sheep shearing and wool classing schools will be held in Hettinger, North Dakota November 18-20, 2017 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (MST). A sheep shearing school will also be held in Brookings Dec. 6-8 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (central)."Competent shearers and wool handlers are a...
November 2, 2017

Senate Passes Resolution Designating Nov. 4 as National Bison Day
UNDATED- Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.) Wednesday announced that the U.S. Senate has passed a bipartisan resolution he introduced designating November 4th as National Bison Day. The resolution celebrates the cultural and historical significance of the North American bison as well a...
November 2, 2017

North Dakota relaxes restrictions for propane haulers
BISMARCK, N.D. - North Dakota is temporarily making it easier for commercial drivers to deliver propane. Gov. Doug Burgum has waived hours-of-service requirements for drivers of commercial vehicles transporting the fuel. The request came from state Agriculture Commissioner Doug ...
November 2, 2017

Range Beef Cow Symposium dates set
CHEYENNE, WY - Dates for one of the premiere production beef cattle symposiums in the country have been set. This year's XXV Range Beef Cow Symposium (RBCS) is Tuesday-Thursday, Nov. 28-30, at the Little America Resort and Convention Center in Cheyenne, said Steve Paisley, Unive...
November 1, 2017

Phone app helps consumers make meat selections
WASHINGTON, DC - The North American Meat Institute has launched an app "aimed at helping shoppers, particularly millennials — individuals between ages 18 and 35 — become informed, confident purchasers of meat and poultry," the organization of meat processors said toda...
November 1, 2017

Crop Report: S.D. Soybean Harvest Nears Completion
UNDATED - For the week ending Sunday, soybean harvest neared completion following a mostly dry week, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Corn harvest remained behind average. In field dry down was an issue in some parts of South Dakota. Temperatures ...
October 31, 2017

Manure from dairy farm blamed for deaths of 60K fish
NEW VIENNA, Iowa - Authorities are blaming a manure runoff from a dairy farm for killing about 60,000 fish in eastern Iowa. The farm is situated about 3 miles (5 kilometers) east of New Vienna. The fish kill was reported Oct. 9 after fish carcasses were spotted in two creeks dow...
October 31, 2017

Land owners praised for compliance with buffer law
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton and other officials are thanking farmers and landowners for their high rate of compliance with the state's buffer strip law. The 2015 legislation requires buffers of perennial vegetation to filter farm pollution before it reaches pub...
October 31, 2017

Judge expects four month trial in Bundy standoff
By KEN RITTER, Associated Press    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Trial could take four months for Nevada rancher and states' rights figure Cliven Bundy, his two sons and one other co-defendant accused of leading a self-styled militia to prevent federal agents from removi...
October 31, 2017

South Dakota colony awarded for sheep production
   TABOR, S.D. (AP) — A Hutterite colony in South Dakota has been awarded for its progressive style of sheep production.The South Dakota Master Lamb Producers Association recently named the Bon Homme Colony top lamb-to-finish producer for the state in 2017. The co...
October 30, 2017

Application deadline set for North Dakota hemp program
BISMARCK, N.D. - North Dakota's Agriculture Department is seeking participants for the third year of the state's industrial hemp research program. The goal of the program is to determine whether hemp can be a successful crop in North Dakota, and which varieties work best in the ...
October 30, 2017

Small town picks a fight with Tyson Foods....and wins
By JOHN HANNA, Associated Press   TONGANOXIE, Kan. (AP) — When Shannon Reischman takes in the sweeping view from the big hill behind her in-laws' farmhouse outside the northeastern Kansas town of Tonganoxie, she sees a rural oasis that's an easy commute to Ka...
October 26, 2017

Dry, Warm Weather Enables S.D. Harvest to Progress
UNDATED - For the week ending Sunday, fall harvest progressed on dry, warm weather. Strong, southerly winds ushered in above average temperatures across most of the State. The warm weather, combined with little to no precipitation, allowed significant advancement in soybean harve...
October 24, 2017

SD Stockgrowers call on President Trump to Enact GIPSA Rules
RAPID CITY, S.D. - SD Stockgrowers Association joined other livestock groups across the country this week in calling on President Trump to enact the GIPSA rules to protect independent livestock producers from price discrimination. USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue withdrew the proposed...
October 24, 2017

Nov. 1 deadline for flooded farm land application
PIERRE, S.D. - South Dakotans with flooded farmland have until Nov. 1 to apply for a property tax adjustment. To be eligible for property tax relief, the land must have been flooded and not farmable for the past three growing seasons. Land is not eligible for the adjustment if i...
October 24, 2017

Pasture, Rangeland, Forage Rainfall Insurance Due Nov. 15
UNDATED - November 15 is the deadline to apply for 2018 Pasture, Rangeland and Forage insurance coverage. Before signing up, Matthew Diersen, Professor & SDSU Extension Risk/Business Management Specialist explains several aspects of the insurance which South Dakota livestock ...
October 23, 2017

South Dakota Cattle on Feed Up 5 Percent
UNDATED - South Dakota feedlots, with capacities of 1,000 or more head, contained 220,000 cattle on feed on October 1, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. This inventory was up 5 percent from last year.Placements during September totaled 48,000 head,...
October 23, 2017

Group Urges Perdue to Keep GIPSA a Stand-Alone Agency
BILLINGS, Mont. - In strongly worded comments sent to the office of the U.S. Agriculture Secretary over the weekend, R-CALF USA urged that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) not be demoted by folding it into i...
October 12, 2017

NIFA Invests in Research to Maintain Healthy Ag Animals
UNDATED - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Wednesday announced support for research to help maintain healthy agricultural animals. The funding is made possible through NIFA's Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AF...
October 12, 2017

Rain delays South Dakota harvest
UNDATED - For the week ending Sunday, corn and soybean harvest progress remained behind last year and average following another wet week across much of the east, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Rainfall amounts varied considerably with the heavie...
October 12, 2017

Grazing in the Shoulder Season
BROOKINGS, S.D. - There has been an increasing push towards lengthening the grazing season in order to feed less hay, and with good reason, explained Jimmy Doyle, SDSU Extension Natural Resource Management Field Specialist. "Winter feed is often one of the most expensive compo...
October 11, 2017

SD Stockgrowers Voice Opposition to Mandatory Electronic ID Proposal
RAPID CITY, S.D. - SD Stockgrowers Association reaffirmed their opposition to a mandatory electronic identification requirement after USDA released their recommendations for an expanded program in Denver last week. The recommendations included a proposal requiring all breedin...
October 10, 2017

Impact of Early Weaning on Replacement Heifers
BROOKINGS, S.D. - To manage through the drought, this year many producers have turned to early weaning their calves. How does this practice impact heifers meant for replacements? "Research indicates that early weaning does not impact a heifer's opportunity to be retained as a ...
October 10, 2017

Group Accuses USDA of Falsifying Outcome of Animal ID Meetings
BILLINGS, Mont. - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) unveiled its new strategy to expand its mandatory animal identification program at the private sectors' Strategy Forum on Livestock Traceability held in Denver, Colo. On...
October 3, 2017

South Dakota Producers Finishing Up Late-Season Haying
UNDATED - For the week ending Sunday, showers and thunderstorms slowed soybean and corn harvest across much of eastern South Dakota, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. An inch or more of rain fell over most eastern locations. Winter wheat seeding wa...
October 3, 2017

Members of 2 large ag co-ops in the Dakotas vote to merge
ABERDEEN, S.D. - The member-owners of North Central Farmers Elevator and Wheat Growers have each voted to approve the unification of the two cooperatives. The North Central Farmers Elevator members voted for the proposed unification 911-657. The Wheat Growers members also voted ...
September 29, 2017

Syngenta settles US farmer lawsuits in China corn trade case
MINNEAPOLIS - Swiss agribusiness giant Syngenta has agreed to settle tens of thousands of U.S. lawsuits by farmers over the company's rollout of a genetically engineered corn seed variety before China approved it for imports. Terms weren't disclosed in the deal reached Tuesday. ...
September 26, 2017

Cop Report: South Dakota Producers Begin Harvesting Soybeans
UNDATED - For the week ending Sunday, producers began to harvest soybeans in parts of South Dakota, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Winter wheat seeding was also ongoing. Temperatures were above average for much of eastern South Dakota as daytime...
September 26, 2017

S.D. Organic Products Valued at $17.3 Million
UNDATED - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service has released the results of its 2016 Certified Organic Survey.Certified organic operations in South Dakota sold a total of $17.3 million in organic products in 2016, down 1 percent compared to...
September 26, 2017

CHS Foundation Strengthens Partnership with the National FFA Organization
INDIANAPOLIS – The CHS Foundation, funded by charitable contributions from CHS Inc., and  a key National FFA supporter for more than 40 years, recently announced a $3.8 million commitment to the National FFA Organization, growing its support to a platinum sponsorship l...
September 25, 2017

Nebraska, Wyoming sugar beet harvest starts as prices rise
SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. - Early harvest of sugar beets in western Nebraska and eastern Wyoming has begun. Western Sugar vice president Jerry Darnell tells Scottsbluff radio station KNEB that the company's plants in Scottsbluff and Torrington, Wyoming, have bought over 100,000 tons of ...
September 25, 2017

South Dakota Cattle on Feed Report Unchanged
UNDATED - South Dakota feedlots, with capacities of 1,000 or more head, contained 215,000 cattle on feed on September 1, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. This inventory was unchanged from last year.Placements during August totaled 45,000 head, up ...
September 25, 2017

Fall noxious weed control encouraged
BROOKINGS, S.D. - Fall can be the best time for weed control with a caveat, explained Paul O. Johnson, SDSU Extension Weed Science Coordinator. "If noxious weeds were sprayed or clipped earlier this summer and there is good weed growth, fall would be a good time to spray these w...
September 22, 2017

North Dakota has first confirmed 2017 case of cattle anthrax
BISMARCK, N.D. - North Dakota has its first confirmed case of livestock anthrax this year. State Veterinarian Susan Keller says the case in a Sioux County cattle herd was confirmed Thursday. Anthrax bacteria spores lie dormant in the soil and become active under extreme weather...
September 22, 2017

2016 potato production drops 22 percent in North Dakota
FARGO, N.D. - Potato production in North Dakota last year dropped 22 percent from 2015. The Agriculture Department says farmers in the state produced 21.6 million hundredweight of potatoes in 2016. A hundredweight is equivalent to a 100-pound bag. Decreases in planted acres, ha...
September 19, 2017

South Dakota officials reconsider hog operation
ABERDEEN, S.D. - Officials of a county in northern South Dakota are reconsidering a planned hog operation that property owners expressed concerns about earlier this year. The Aberdeen American News reports the Brown County Planning Commission will discuss two permit applications...
September 19, 2017

Nearly one-third of South Dakota winter wheat crop planted
UNDATED - For the week ending Sunday, producers continued cutting silage and seeding winter wheat under warm, dry weather, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Temperatures were well above average for mid-September as afternoon highs warmed to the 80s...
September 19, 2017

Fill Out App Properly for Hay Transportation Help
BISMARCK, N.D. - The North Dakota Department of Agriculture has been taking applications for the emergency hay transportation assistance program, which will reimburse eligible producers for a portion of hay transportation expenses. Producers are urged to take care to read all the...
September 14, 2017

Texas Sunflower Harvest Nearly Half Complete
UNDATED - Sunflower harvest is nearly half finished in Texas; 46 percent of the crop there is reported harvested, ahead of 34 percent last year. And the Minnesota sunflower crop continues to look to be a good one, with 86 percent of the sunflowers there reported in good to excell...
September 14, 2017

Weekly Crop Report: S.D. Farmers Begin Seeding Winter Wheat
UNDATED - For the week ending Sunday, silage cutting and late-season haying continued under mostly dry conditions, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Producers began seeding winter wheat in parts of the State. Temperatures were seasonally cool early...
September 12, 2017

South Dakota Farmers & Ranchers Share Their Plight in D.C.
HURON, S.D. - This week, 26 South Dakota farmers and ranchers left their fields and cattle in trusted hands and traveled to D.C. to visit with Congressional leaders and their staff about the challenges and opportunities they face as they work to feed our nation. They are am...
September 12, 2017

Landowners and Hunters Asked to Report Dead Deer
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) has documented the first deer mortalities in 2017 due to hemorrhagic disease, also known as epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) or blue tongue. EHD was recently confirmed by laboratory analysis in a white-tailed deer in...
September 11, 2017

Reminder: Remove Hay Bales from Rights of Way
PIERRE, S.D. - The South Dakota Department of Transportation reminds land owners hay remaining in highway ditches after Oct. 1 is deemed illegal.After Oct. 1, the department will remove or authorize the removal of any illegal hay bales remaining in the public right of way.Any per...
September 11, 2017

Two sides in corporate farming battle seek judge's approval
BISMARCK, N.D. - The two sides in a legal battle over the constitutionality of North Dakota's Depression-era ban on corporate farming have both formally asked a judge to side with them. North Dakota Farm Bureau sued last summer to do away with the law that voters approved in 193...
September 8, 2017

Vietnam to resume importing dried distillers grains from US
BISMARCK, N.D. - U.S. Sen. John Hoeven say Vietnam is resuming imports of dried distillers grains produced in the U.S., creating another market for North Dakota producers. The North Dakota Ethanol Council says ethanol plants in the state produce about 1.4 million tons of the liv...
September 7, 2017

Sunflower Crop Trending Closer to Normal Maturity
UNDATED - The Kansas sunflower crop is right on schedule - 93 percent of the sunflowers there are reported blooming, which is on track with last year's 94 percent and 92 percent over the past five years, reports the National Sunflower Association, Mandan, N.D.. Petals are dry on ...
September 7, 2017

More than 2 dozen hogs killed in semi rollover
HUMBOLDT, S.D. - A semi carrying a load of about 160 hogs rolled over in Minnehaha County, killing some of its cargo. The Highway Patrol says the 25-year-old semi driver from Winfred wasn't seriously hurt in the accident on an Interstate 90 ramp near Humboldt Wednesday. Twenty-...
September 7, 2017

North Dakota taking applications for drought hay-hauling aid
BISMARCK, N.D. - North Dakota's Agriculture Department has begun accepting applications from drought-stricken ranchers for $1.5 million in aid to help with hay-hauling costs. The application period runs until Nov. 3. The state Emergency Commission late last month approved the m...
September 6, 2017

S.D. Oat, Spring Wheat Harvests Near Completion
UNDATED - For the week ending Sunday, spring wheat and oat harvests neared completion following a mostly dry week, according to USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Temperatures were average to above average for a majority of the State, as daytime highs climbed into t...
September 6, 2017

Drought Monitor Helps Determine Forage Disaster Payments
UNDATED - The U.S. Drought Monitor is the "measuring stick" for determining the number of months of forage losses for which livestock producers may be eligible to receive aid under the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP)."North Dakota State University has an Excel program tha...
September 5, 2017

Turner County voters reject new animal feedlot rules
PARKER, S.D. — Voters in Turner County have quashed an attempt to ease rules for animal feedlots. County commissioners passed an ordinance in June that removed the need for a local permit and a public notice to neighbors for certain large cattle, hog or chicken feedlots....
August 30, 2017

S.D. Cattle on Feed Unchanged from 2016
UNDATED - South Dakota feedlots, with capacities of 1,000 or more head, contained 220,000 cattle on feed on August 1, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. This inventory was unchanged from last year.Placements during July totaled 26,000 head, up 44 pe...
August 28, 2017

South Dakota farmers face destroyed crops from herbicide
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - South Dakota farmers are reporting crops devastated by herbicide drift. The Argus Leader reports that farmers believe the herbicide to be dicamba, which is used for weed control. Three dicamba products are registered for use on dicamba-tolerant soybean plants...
August 24, 2017

Governor asks for study on disputed cloud seeding program
BISMARCK, N.D. - North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum is pushing for a comprehensive study of cloud seeding over complaints from farmers and ranchers that the practice may be making drought conditions worse. The Bismarck Tribune reports that Burgum told a meeting of the state Water Com...
August 24, 2017

Judge blocks law meant to protect farm equipment dealers
FARGO, N.D. - A federal judge has blocked a new North Dakota law meant to protect farm equipment dealers. Four major manufacturers of farm implements have filed a lawsuit challenging the law that permits North Dakota implement dealers to sell generic rather than name-brand repla...
August 22, 2017

SDSU Extension and American Indian Tribes Join Forces to Help Buffalo
UNDATED - An adequate balance between healthy grasslands and well managed agricultural cropland is critical for the long-term sustainability of the Great Plains.   This vast area was once the habitat of 50 to 75 million head of buffalo, which roamed freely resulting in yea...
August 22, 2017

NASS to Collect Small Grain Production and Stocks Data
UNDATED - During the first two weeks of September, growers of small grains around the country will be contacted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). The agency is taking a comprehensive look into the 2017 production and supply o...
August 22, 2017

Weekly Crop report: Rain, Cool Temps Provide S.D. Some Relief
UNDATED - For the week ending Sunday, much of the State received over an inch of rain, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. The precipitation, along with cooler than normal temperatures, provided drought relief to portions of South Dakota. There were ...
August 22, 2017

Anthrax discovered in Pennington County
PIERRE, S.D. – Anthrax is responsible for recent death loss in a cattle herd in southeastern Pennington County.  State Veterinarian Dr. Dustin Oedekoven says that at least 9 adult cattle died suddenly last week in the herd, which had not been vaccinated against anthrax...
August 21, 2017

Police preparing to handle livestock issues after cuts
CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Wyoming police are preparing to investigate cattle rustlings after lawmakers decided to cut three out of four full-time state livestock officer positions. The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports the livestock officers are responsible for investigating cases involving ...
August 21, 2017

Public drought meetings scheduled in Stanley and Beach
BISMARCK, N.D. - North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum and Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring are hosting public drought meetings next week in Stanley and Beach. The Stanley meeting is 5-8 p.m. Central time Monday at the Mountrail County South Complex. The Beach meeting is 5-8 p.m. ...
August 17, 2017

Wisconsin officials act to help Northern Plains drought
BISMARCK, N.D. - Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is clearing the way for farmers in that state to help out their drought-stricken colleagues in the Northern Plains. Walker has declared a 30-day state of emergency for the purpose of transporting loads of forage to the Dakotas and Mon...
August 17, 2017

Two agriculture groups in Dakotas to vote on merger
ABERDEEN, S.D. - The boards of two agriculture co-ops in the Dakotas have decided to hold a second vote among their members about merging. The Aberdeen American News reports that a narrow majority of members from North Central Farmers Elevator voted in 2015 against merging with ...
August 17, 2017

Extension Fall Beef Field Day Aug. 22 in Mitchell
MITCHELL, S.D. - Innovation and planning for the future are the themes of the 2017 SDSU Extension Fall Beef Field Day held Aug. 22, in Mitchell beginning at the Stillwater Cattle Company (25969 436th Ave, Bridgewater). The event begins at 9 a.m.To help cover lunch costs, registra...
August 15, 2017

S.D. Stockgrowers to Cosponsor Lahren Speech
RAPID CITY, S.D. - The South Dakota Stockgrowers Association (SDSGA) has joined with R-CALF USA to cosponsor Rapid City, S.D., native Tomi Lahren's keynote address at the R-CALF USA's upcoming annual convention Aug. 25-26. Lahren will speak at 7 p.m. on Aug. 26 at the Best Wester...
August 15, 2017

Weekly Crop Report- State gets some much needed rain
UNDATED - For the week ending Sunday, showers and thunderstorms brought much needed precipitation to the State, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Last week's rain, along with cooler temperatures, provided some drought relief to portions of South Da...
August 15, 2017

USDA to Survey County Small Grains Acreage
UNDATED - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will survey producers in 32 states, including South Dakota, for its County Agricultural Production Survey."County-level yields have a direct impact on farmers around the State. USDA's F...
August 14, 2017

Alliance aims to advance North Dakota livestock industry
BISMARCK, N.D. - Six groups in North Dakota have formed an alliance aimed at moving the state's livestock industry forward. The North Dakota Livestock Alliance includes groups representing the pork, dairy, corn, soybean and ethanol industries. Chairman Craig Jarolimek says it wi...
August 14, 2017

Mega farm restrictions ease in Minnehaha County
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - The most populous county in South Dakota is easing restrictions on big livestock operations. The changes in Minnehaha County will allow concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs, to expand more easily. Commissioners revamped zoning laws Tuesday to refl...
August 10, 2017

SDSU Extension Hosts Drought Meeting in Wall Aug. 23, 2017
BROOKINGS, S.D. - SDSU Extension will hold the seventh drought meeting in Wall August 23, 2017 at the Wall Community Center (501 Main St.). The meeting will run from 6 p.m to 9 p.m. This meeting is free and there is no registration is necessary. For livestock safety, attendees ...
August 8, 2017

South Dakota Crop Report released
UNDATED - For the week ending Sunday, scattered rain and cooler temperatures brought relief to some areas of the State, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Row crop conditions showed some improvement, but the effects of the drought were still being f...
August 8, 2017

Burgum asks for additional federal help with drought
BISMARCK, N.D. - Gov. Doug Burgum has asked for a presidential disaster declaration because of severe drought conditions across much of North Dakota. The governor's request to President Donald Trump has been made through the regional Federal Emergency Management Agency. It woul...
August 8, 2017

Brown County soybean crop damage being investigated
ABERDEEN, S.D. - Some Brown County farmers are complaining to the state that their soybean crops have been damaged by a drifting herbicide. South Dakota State University Extension specialist Gared Shaffer says the herbicide in question kills broad-leafed weeds but also can damag...
August 4, 2017

S.D. Honey Bee Colony Inventory from April
UNDATED - Honey bee colonies for operations with five or more colonies in South Dakota as of January 1, 2017 totaled 21.0 thousand according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. The number of colonies in South Dakota on April 1, 2017 was 34.0 thousand. During 2...
August 3, 2017

Worksite Wellness Grant Applications Due August 21, 2017
BROOKINGS, S.D. - Grant opportunities are available to all South Dakota worksites interested in creating healthier work environments. Steps to Wellness Workplace Physical Activity and Healthier Vending and Snack Bar grants are offered through the South Dakota Department of Healt...
August 2, 2017

SD Stockgrowers Reminds Landowners of Need for Prairie Dog Control Measures
RAPID CITY, S.D. - SD Stockgrowers Association would like to remind producers and landowners that it is the responsible of each landowner to manage prairie dogs in such a way that does not allow the rodents to move onto neighboring property. This includes private landowners and g...
July 30, 2017

Japan slaps emergency tariffs on imports of frozen US beef
TOKYO - Japan is slapping emergency tariffs of 50 percent on imports of frozen U.S. beef after shipments surged. Finance Minister Taro Aso announced the move Friday, saying he was prepared to explain the decision to the U.S. side. Under World Trade Organization rules, Japan c...
July 28, 2017

Producers Encouraged to Share on Drought Impact Reporter Website
UNDATED - Producers are encouraged to share drought impact information through the National Drought Mitigation Center website.Droughtreporter.unl.edu is home to the Drought Impact Reporter, a reporting feature that allows producers to report local drought impacts and conditions. ...
July 27, 2017

Protect Livestock During Drought with Water Testing
UNDATED -SDSU Extension offers an on-site livestock water testing service at all SDSU Extension Regional Extension Centers and several SDSU Extension County Offices throughout the state."It is critical to monitor livestock water quality, because poor quality water can have a nega...
July 27, 2017

Sunflower Fields Beginning to Bloom
UNDATED - Sunflower fields are beginning to bloom; North Dakota reports 15 percent of that state's sunflowers are blooming while South Dakota reports 5 percent. In Kansas, 14 percent of the crop is reported blooming.Minnesota reports 89 percent of the crop remained good to excell...
July 27, 2017

Crop scouts survey North Dakota's wheat fields
BISMARCK, N.D. - Crop scouts are touring North Dakota this week to get a better idea of just how the drought will affect wheat supplies. North Dakota is a top producer of wheat. Farmers, seed company representatives, wheat millers and others are surveying fields to determine ho...
July 25, 2017

Salvaging Drought Stressed Corn in Mid-Summer
UNDATED - Before harvesting drought stricken corn early to use for forage, SDSU Extension Beef Feedlot Management Associate, Warren Rusche urges producers to test for nitrates."As drought conditions deepen in South Dakota and the surrounding region, the likelihood of corn making ...
July 25, 2017

Crop Report: North, East Central South Dakota Receive Much Needed Rain
UNDATED - For the week ending Sunday, showers and thunderstorms brought much needed rain to portions of north and east central South Dakota, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Rainfall totals ranged from one-third to over two inches. Some storms tur...
July 25, 2017

South Dakota Cattle on Feed Down 4 Percent
UNDATED - South Dakota feedlots, with capacities of 1,000 or more head, contained 225,000 cattle on feed on July 1, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. This inventory was down 4 percent from last year.Placements during June totaled 40,000 head, up 67...
July 25, 2017

S.D. Layer Inventory Up 2.07 Million from 2016
UNDATED - All layers in South Dakota during June 2017 totaled 2.75 million, up from 2.07 million the previous year, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service.South Dakota egg production during June totaled 65.3 million eggs, up from 46.9 million in 2016. Ju...
July 25, 2017

Nebraska soybean plant predictor of South Dakota project
ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) — Many local officials have called a soybean processing plant that's being built in the northern part of South Dakota a huge economic win for the state, but it's difficult to find data or details to back those assertions. The history and status of Ag Pr...
July 23, 2017

West Nile found in horse in Campbell County
GILLETTE, Wyo. - A horse in northeast Wyoming has tested positive for West Nile virus. Dr. Marshall Kohr of the Animal Medical Center in Gillette said a horse under their treatment was wobbly and unsteady and a lab test confirmed it had West Nile. Kohr tells the Gillette New-Re...
July 19, 2017

Tomi Lahren to Keynote R-CALF USA Convention
BILLINGS, Mont. Tomi Lahren, a conservative political commentator and rising star of social media will be the keynote speaker at R-CALF USA's 18th Annual Convention to be held Aug. 25 and 26 at the Best Western Ramkota Hotel in Rapid City, S.D. Last year, BBC News stated Lahren w...
July 19, 2017

Meetings on Drought Management July 24 and 25
UNDATED - SDSU Extension will host livestock and agronomy meetings in Lemmon, Faith, Pierre and Chamberlain July 24 and 25, 2017."Drought now affects more than 72 percent of the state, and is forecast to continue to get worse over the next couple of weeks," said Laura Edwards, SD...
July 19, 2017

Rare form of B-S-E found in Alabama
MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Agriculture officials say a rarely seen form of BSE has been found in Alabama. A statement from state Agriculture Commissioner John McMillan says atypical bovine spongiform encephalopathy was confirmed in an 11-year-old beef cow. The U.S. Agriculture Departme...
July 19, 2017

Court-appointed attorney denied in animal neglect case
ASHTON, S.D. - A judge has denied a court-appointed attorney for an Ashton man accused of starving his cattle. The Aberdeen News reports Magistrate Judge Mark Anderson has ruled that Rex Spear has enough money to hire his own attorney. The 63-year-old Spear is charged with anima...
July 18, 2017

Hutterite colony by Stratford plans to grow swine facility
STRATFORD, S.D. - A Hutterite colony near Stratford is planning to expand its swine operation. The American News reports that an application has been submitted to grow the animal feeding operation by 2,400 head of swine to a total of nearly 10,000 head. The state Department of ...
July 18, 2017

Extreme Heat, Humidity Impact South Dakota
UNDATED - For the week ending Sunday, spring wheat harvest began in parts of South Dakota, while winter wheat and oats harvest continued, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Extreme heat and humidity late in the week impacted most of the State, stres...
July 18, 2017

Sage Grouse Season Closed
UNDATED -The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission closed the 2017 sage grouse hunting season at its July meeting.The closure is based on the season guidelines found within the 2014-2018 Sage-Grouse management plan for South Dakota.Those guidelines suggest a season c...
July 17, 2017

Nebraska Hauling Requirements Temporarily Waived
OMAHA, Neb. - Governor Pete Ricketts directed the Nebraska State Patrol to temporarily waive certain requirements for trucks traveling in and through Nebraska in support of efforts to aid citizens of North Dakota and South Dakota impacted by drought conditions."In light of the dr...
July 17, 2017

Cattle Industry Wraps Up Summer Business Meeting
DENVER (July 15, 2017) — More than 700 of the nation’s cattle industry leaders wrapped up another successful Summer Business Meeting in Denver today, with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s board of directors formally adopting policy positions on ...
July 17, 2017

Drought Stresses Northern Sunflower Crop
UNDATED - Minnesota's sunflower crop is looking to be a good one - 88 percent of the state's crop is reported in good to excellent condition. Meanwhile, planting in Texas is nearly complete, with 95 percent of the crop reported planted. That is on track with the five year average...
July 13, 2017

Crop production forecast to plummet in dry South Dakota
UNDATED - Based on July 1 conditions, South Dakota's 2017 winter wheat production is forecast at 28.0 million bushels, down 56 percent from last year's crop according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service. Average yield is forecast at 43.0 bushels per acre, down 1...
July 13, 2017

Only Limited Amount of Scattered Rain Falls on South Dakota
UNDATED - For the week ending Sunday, hot and dry conditions persisted, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Average temperatures were above normal across the State, with temperatures in western South Dakota averaging four to 10 degrees above normal. ...
July 11, 2017

Extension Connects South Dakota to Drought Resources, Information
UNDATED -  South Dakota's farmers, ranchers and communities deal with the challenges brought on by drought conditions, SDSU Extension is connecting individuals with resources and research-based information."The land grant university mission positions SDSU Extension to be res...
July 11, 2017

Youth Fest invites kids to a day on the ranch
STURGIS, SD – Put a country kind of experience together with kids from all walks of life and you have the concept behind the first annual Millar Angus Youth Fest. Created by John and Breezy Millar, the July 11th event includes an interest of some kind for most all kids. T...
July 10, 2017

Connecting Agriculture: Creating an Accurate Drought Monitor
PIERRE, S.D. - Drought conditions have continued to spread across South Dakota over the past few weeks. The most recent drought monitor shows that more than 90 percent of state is experiencing abnormally dry conditions and drought. This has brought increased hardship for South Da...
July 7, 2017

Department of Agriculture Pesticide Container Recycling Collection Begins July 10
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) encourages all agriculture producers and businesses to take advantage of free pesticide container recycling collection in 37 locations across the state from Monday, July 10 until Thursday, Sept. 7. “Man...
July 7, 2017

Driest Parts of South Dakota Miss This Week's Light Rains
UNDATED - For the week ending Sunday, mostly dry conditions continued to lower soil moisture ratings and stress in crops in much of the State. Scattered showers and thunderstorms moved across the southeast and west early in the week. Rainfall amounts were light, with the driest p...
July 6, 2017

South Dakota Farmers Plant Record Soybean Acres
UNDATED - South Dakota producers planted 5.20 million acres of corn for all purposes, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. This is down 7 percent from last year. Of the total acres, 98 percent were planted with biotechnology varieties. Area to be harv...
July 6, 2017

Corn and Soybean Stocks Down, Sorghum Up 134 Percent
UNDATED - South Dakota corn stocks in all positions on June 1, 2017 totaled 281 million bushels, down 4 percent from 2016, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Of the total, 180 million bushels are stored on farms, down 12 percent from a year ago. Off...
July 6, 2017

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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