Agriculture News

July 21, 2021

Know Your Buyer: More cattle sale scams reported in times of drought, feed shortages

BILLINGS, MT. – Any rancher hoping to sell livestock over the internet, via classified ads or other sources should be cautious. “Sadly, with the drought conditions and lack of hay, many ranchers are needing to cull their stock, and some are choosing to do so via the internet or dealing with people they are unfamiliar […]

July 21, 2021

Meteorologists: Hot, dry weather not a fluke

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Much of South Dakota will see a familiar weather pattern this week: very hot temperatures and little precipitation. With more research connecting climate change to conditions like these, forecasters say extreme weather is becoming more customary. The U.S. Drought Monitor labeled nearly 70% of South Dakota in severe to extreme drought this week. […]

July 20, 2021

35 YEARS: Beef Checkoff Program focus of convention events

DENVER, CO – Thirty-five years ago, the Beef Checkoff program became a reality. The Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB), the organization responsible for overseeing Beef Checkoff collection and program funding, will celebrate the program’s anniversary during the upcoming Cattle Industry Convention in Nashville, August 10-12. Established as part of the 1985 Farm Bill, the Beef Checkoff […]

July 20, 2021

Consider early preg checking during drought

FARGO, ND – In a drought year, livestock management decisions become more difficult when feed resources are limited. “Many North Dakota producers already have culled old cows, cows that lost their calves and even cow-calf pairs, yet further reductions in stocking rates may be necessary,” says Janna Block, livestock systems specialist based at North Dakota […]

July 20, 2021

Federal court dismisses challenge to Navigable Waters Protection Rule

COLUMBIA, SC – A federal court in South Carolina dismissed a challenge to the Navigable Waters Protection Rule (NWPR) that replaced the controversial Obama Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule, giving producers some regulatory certainty, until the Biden EPA finalizes a new rule. It could take months or more for the Biden EPA to possibly […]

July 20, 2021

SDSU partnering with Turner Institute of Ecoagriculture

BROOKINGS, SD – South Dakota’s land grant university is working with Turner Enterprises, Inc. and Turner Ranches and the recent launch of the Turner Institute of Ecoagriculture, Inc. South Dakota State University (SDSU) and its Center of Excellence for Bison Studies is partnering with the Institute to establish a formal research agreement that could include […]

July 19, 2021

Online resources to connect livestock feed buyers, sellers

FARGO, ND – Drought is creating forage shortages across the Western U.S. this year, which means producers will have to find alternative sources of feed for their livestock. North Dakota State University, the North Dakota Department of Agriculture and the Montana Department of Agriculture can help connect those who need feed with those who have […]

July 19, 2021

South Dakota soybean producers help set budget, steer checkoff-funded programs

SIOUX FALLS, SD – United Soybean Board members held their summer board meeting and approved 181 new checkoff funded projects with a total allocation of $78 million for the 2022 fiscal year. South Dakota has four directors serving on the board. One of those is Jason Frerichs of Wilmot. He says budget priorities includes soybean […]

July 19, 2021

Wyoming G&F moving ahead on elk feedground planning

JACKSON, Wyo. — Chronic wasting disease (CWD) is expected to be a hot topic  when the Wyoming Game and Fish Department kicks off phase two of its planning process for managing elk feedgrounds. Biologists have warned feedgrounds, where animals gather in close quarters, could become superspreader events. Mark Gocke, public information specialist for the Jackson region […]

July 16, 2021

Diaster assistance for producers impacted by drought

USDA – South Dakota agricultural operations have been significantly impacted by the ongoing, severe drought. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has technical and financial assistance available to help livestock producers and farmers recover. As agricultural producers move into recovery mode and assess damages, they should contact their local USDA Service Center to report losses […]