Agriculture News

September 17, 2021

Bennett County ranch family: “Work hard and deal with what you get”

MARTIN, SD – In their 30s, the Harris kids are still old enough to remember the days before air-conditioned tractor cabs. In fact, when they talk about how growing up on their family’s Bennett County ranch taught them responsibility and work ethic, Kalen, 36, Klay, 33, and Kelsie, 31, give quite a bit of credit […]

September 17, 2021

Long-time broadcaster will be presented with honorary doctorate

BOZEMAN — Montana State University will honor Taylor Brown, a widely respected broadcaster, rancher and former state legislator, with an honorary doctorate during commencement ceremonies set for Friday, Dec. 17, in the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse. Tgwhe state’s Board of Regents approved an honorary doctorate for Brown, a third-generation Montana rancher from Sand Springs and a […]

September 15, 2021

Federal court denies motion to dismiss cattle antitrust cases

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – The Federal District Court for the District of Minnesota has issued an order substantially denying the motion by the nation’s four largest beef packers (Defendants) to dismiss the class-action antitrust lawsuit originally filed in April 2019 by R-CALF USA through its counsels Scott & Scott Attorneys at Law LLP, along with Cafferty […]

September 14, 2021

SD FFA members exhibit at state fair

HURON, SD – Members of the South Dakota FFA participated in a wide range of educational activities during the 2021 South Dakota State Fair held September 2nd – 6th, in Huron. At the State Fair, there were 361 FFA members who exhibited 1232 exhibits. CHAPTER SWEEPSTAKES 1st – Bridgewater-Emery; 2nd –McCook Central CHAPTER EXHIBITS: 1st place – Wolsey-Wessington; 2nd place […]

September 14, 2021

CAP supports NORAD wind turbine field test in South Dakota

BROOKINGS, S.D. — Civil Air Patrol’s South Dakota Wing conducted nine flights recently in support of the North American Aerospace Defense Command’s 2021 Field Test and Evaluation radar coverage study in proximity to wind turbines. The flights allowed CAP to assess whether wind turbine interference limited radar coverage of small aircraft. CAP conducted multiple flight patterns […]

September 14, 2021

Fire at beef packing plant sparks fears of another market disruption

GRAND ISLAND, NE – JBS USA on Monday halted production at a Nebraska beef plant that slaughters about five percent of U.S. cattle due to a fire, but said the company expects to resume operations on Tuesday. A fire at a one of the nation’s largest beef processing plants appears to have spared the main […]

September 13, 2021

Industrial hemp growers plant over 1,000 acres in South Dakota

PIERRE, SD – It’s been a successful first year so far for industrial hemp growers in South Dakota. The first ever hemp farm within a city limit went in in Fort Pierre and is being used mostly for research. South Dakota Industrial Hemp Executive Director Katie Sieverding says most of the acres were put in […]

September 13, 2021

Supply, demand reports reductions in most meat production projections

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The USDA has cut 2021 beef, pork, and turkey production estimates, while raising the outlook slightly for broilers. Beef production is seen at 27.742 billion pounds, down 130 million on the month due to slower steer and heifer slaughter and lighter carcass weight expectations, with an average steer price of $122.20 per […]

September 13, 2021

More cases of anthrax reported in North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota agriculture officials have confirmed a second case of cattle anthrax in Kidder County. The case was confirmed by the North Dakota State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory on Friday, according to the state Agriculture Department. The first case was reported in August. Officials say producers in the county and surrounding […]

September 13, 2021

Farmer says harvests will vary across South Dakota

VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota farmer says harvests will vary widely across the state because some pockets have been spared from the drought. Travis Mockler farms corn, alfalfa and soybeans in the southeastern part of the state. He says even farmers in the same general area could experience different production. “The yields are […]