Agriculture News

May 14, 2021

Historic meeting between largest ag, cattle groups points to level of concern over markets

STURGIS, SD – Decades of political infighting among the nation’s cattle organizations may be  turning a corner. If nothing else, the fact that representatives from these organizations sat across the same table, in the same room, to talk about the same concern, seeking a remedy, is nothing short of history-making. Representatives from six of the […]

May 13, 2021

Call for Entries: SD Stockgrowers announces annual photo contest

RAPID CITY, SD – The South Dakota Stockgrowers are set to sponsor their annual photo contest. In an effort to shine a spotlight on true conservation and to tell the story of modern-day livestock production along with the people and places involved in this way of life, the SDSGA will be accepting entries of original […]

May 11, 2021

ADM to build $350 million soybean plant in North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Agribusiness conglomerate Archer Daniels Midland Co. on Monday announced that it will build a $350 million soybean crushing plant in North Dakota. It’s the state’s first dedicated soybean plant, the Decatur, Illinois-based company and North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum said. Archer Daniels Midland said the plant and refinery in Spiritwood, in […]

May 7, 2021

SDFU Celebrating Farm & Ranch Moms This Mother’s Day

UNDATED – As we reflect on the women who raised us this Mother’s Day, South Dakota Farmers Union would like to celebrate the many women who support the state’s No. 1 industry — farm and ranch moms: Cassie Sumption of Frederick and Elsie Meeks of Interior. Cassie Sumption, Farm Mom Frederick, South Dakota From the […]

May 6, 2021

Nebraska launches ‘beef passport’ program for meat eating

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts ramped up his crusade for the meat industry on Wednesday by endorsing a new “beef passport” program to promote meat eating, a few weeks after he blasted Colorado’s governor for a resolution encouraging its residents to eat less. Ricketts, a Republican, cast meat as essential to his […]

May 5, 2021

South Dakota FFA members earn national scholarships

SIOUX FALLS, SD – There is a need to fill the pipeline of leaders in the agriculture industry, and industry is stepping up to help students meet that need. In 2020, the National FFA awarded $55,250 in scholarships, to 21 South Dakota FFA members, through the National FFA Scholarship program. Scholarships are sponsored by businesses […]

May 4, 2021

When and where to turnout to make the most of available grass

BROOKINGS, SD – There’s nothing like green grass to remind many of us how much we love the livestock business. Amid market highs and lows, droughts, blizzards and floods, it is encouraging to remember how reliable the progression of seasons is. Every year at green-up, grass managers must make decisions about when and where to […]

May 4, 2021

Federal judge stops Trump policy that allowed no limit on slaughter line speeds

GUYMON, OK – One of the largest U.S. pork processors in the United States  wants to pursue a 10-1/2-month delay to a federal court decision that would force it to slow the speed of hog slaughtering at a massive Oklahoma pork plant, according to court documents. Seaboard, the second-biggest U.S. pig producer/processor after Smithfield Foods, […]

May 3, 2021

Strategies to manage herds during drought include well-developed culling plan

FARGO, ND – Weather forecasts  predict worsening drought conditions in the northern Great Plains for the 2021 growing season, which is bad news for cattle producers. Many cattle operations will find themselves without enough forage and feedstuffs to maintain their current herd size. “Unfortunately, often decisions are made more with emotion than logic during stressful […]

May 3, 2021

Relocation of bison in Montana now more restricted after law passed

BILLINGS, MT. – The Montana Stockgrowers Association (MSGA) joined Governor Greg Gianforte and bill sponsor, Representative Josh Kassmier, for the signing of House Bill (HB) 302. Previously, versions of this bill had been passed by the Montana Legislature in 2011, 2013, 2015, and 2019 but were all vetoed by then-Governors Brian Schweitzer and Steve Bullock. […]