STAFF BLOG REPUBLIC INSIDER Lentsch to replace Bones at SD Ag Department
Walt Bones is headed back to his family farming operation in rural Parker, and a familiar face and name in South Dakota Republican Party politics will replace him at the helm of the state Agriculture ... Posted on 4/2/13 at 12:11 PM
ASTROBOB Conversation with the sky
I know what it feels like again to stay up till 4 a.m. Friends and I joined the owls and coyotes at the Furtman Farm Star Party near Webster, Wis. for a third of an Earth rotation under the stars. T... Posted on 9/15/12 at 3:33 PM
TIME AT THE TABLE Raw Kale & Cherry Salad with Citrus Dressing
One of the best parts of the CSA I belong to is when they bring us recipes. They actually make up the recipes so when you come to the market you can try them and see if that is something you would enj... Posted on 7/1/12 at 7:05 PM
AMY'S RANCH SLANTS South Dakota Farm Girls Show Viewers "The Good Life"
What I love about South Dakota women is that theyre not afraid to show people what theyre made of. True South Dakotans, farm girls, and friends, Laura Nielson and Ange Kapperman have been creating a b... Posted on 9/27/11 at 8:00 PM
STAFF BLOG ALL ABOUT FOOD Weekend Finds: Minnesota Maple Syrup and Hand-Rolled Butter
Who would have thought that a favorite find at a food and wine event would be maple syrup? Oh, and butter, too.
One of my first vendor stops at the 17th Annual Food and Wine Experience at Target Fiel... Posted on 3/6/11 at 1:22 AM
A recent ad campaign touted South Dakota farmers as “the true environmentalists,” but an environmental group says farmers still have some room for improvement.
“The data suggests that some farmers are doing a really fabulous job, but the majority of farmers have a fair piece to go to be able to call themselves the first environmentalists,” said Craig Cox, senior vice president of the Environmental Working Group. “There are really major outstanding conservation and environmental problems that we have not solved yet related to agricultural production.”
Officials from two livestock organizations share differing opinions on U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack’s recent decision to discard the National Animal Identification System.
Kenny Fox, president of the South Dakota Stockgrowers Association, opposed the program because it was intrusive and another identification procedure was in place. However, Brad Greenway of the National Pork Board expressed concern about whether states would work together to communicate problems.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota’s 2009 corn and soybean crops have officially set records.
The Agriculture Department in its annual crop production report says the state’s corn crop totaled 719.1 million bushels, up 23 percent from 2008, and the soybean crop was just under 176 million bushels, up 27 percent.
HURON, SD, Jan. 5, 2010 - Craig Schaunaman, State Executive Director of USDA's Farm Service Agency in South Dakota announced today that USDA is partnering with the Internal Revenue Service to reduce fraud in farm programs and streamlining payment limits for family farmers. The actions are intended to strengthen the integrity and defensibility of USDA farm safety net programs and help the agricultural industry to meet requirements included in the 2008 Farm Bill.
Rich Wieman has spent most of his life involved with the auction circuit, but Tuesday’s sale of more than 3,000 acres was a first for him.
“It’s the largest volume of land we’ve ever sold,” Wieman said. “It’s what you work all your life for.”
When the emergence of the H1N1 flu brought with it the unfortunate moniker of “swine flu,” pork producers across the nation took a hit.
The industry is on its way to recovery, said Brad Greenway, one of three newly-appointed board members of the 15-member National Pork Board, but many producers will not emerge unscathed.
Precipitation and wet conditions have slowed the start to harvesting of row crops. Some areas of the state welcomed the moisture as a relief for the planted winter wheat. There were 4.0 days suitable for fieldwork in the past week. Some of the major farm activities included cutting silage, general care of livestock, seeding of winter wheat, and combining of row crops.
SIOUX FALLS - South Dakota’s September 1 corn production is forecast at 676.2 million bushels, according to the South Dakota office of USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. The forecast is up 4 percent from last month and up 16 percent from last year’s level. Yield, forecast at 147 bushels per acre, is up 6 bushels from last month’s record high yield forecast. The forecasted yield is up 14 bushels from last year’s yield.
PLANKINTON — Millions of dollars could be at stake as Aurora County heads to trial against a family that claims a county ordinance caused them to lose their farm.
According to Thompson Farms and its Sioux Falls-based lawyer, Mark Meierhenry, an Aurora County cap on dairy-cow numbers strained the Thompsons’ finances to the point that they were forced to sell their farm. A circuit court judge ruled in favor of that claim recently and ordered a jury trial in the fall to determine the amount of damages owed to the Thompsons.
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