WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency has released a draft rule proposing Renewable Fuels Standard, or RFS, levels for conventional, advanced and cellulosic biofuels for 2019 and biodiesel for 2020. So far the biofuels blending requirements are garnering mixed reaction from the industry.
HARRISBURG, S.D. — In its third year, the Hungry for Truth Farm to Fork dinners are changing consumer perceptions and building trust in their food supply and the farmers that produce it. This year's event was held June 14. It allowed farmers and consumers to share a meal and a conversation about food and farming.
MITCHELL, S.D. — Most consumers are now several generations removed from the farm, and for the last 40 years that has led to a continual erosion of trust in farmers. As a result, farmers and farm groups have been focusing their efforts on bridging that gap with the consumer. The latest research from the Center for Food Integrity has some good news for farmers in that area.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Thirty years ago it was hard to find a pork entrée besides pork chops on any restaurant menu. However, today it's not uncommon to see pork belly, cheek or shoulder being featured on those same menus. The change can in part be attributed to the engagement the pork industry has had with chefs as part of their annual culinary Taste of Elegance contest.
MITCHELL, S.D. — For seed stock producers, quality semen is the foundation of any breeding program. It's no secret beef producers in South Dakota have some of the best genetics in the country, so it is critical to have a way to collect and preserve those genetics through custom semen collection.
HURON, S.D. — The South Dakota Department of Agriculture fielded dozens of dicamba injury complaints from off-target drift this season, and they're still taking input from farmers to determine the total number of acres hit. State officials are looking at possible label changes for spraying dicamba on Xtend soybeans next year, but a lot of that hinges on what farmers find in the fields this fall. Farmers that had some or widespread cupping in soybeans this season may not know the full production impact until harvest.
ABERDEEN, S.D. — The latest U.S. Drought Monitor shows the drought is expanding in South Dakota, with nearly 100 percent of the state in some level of drought. "In all the four categories now shown in South Dakota, all of them expanded in area — the worst being the D3 extreme drought area." says Laura Edwards, South Dakota State University Extension State Climatologist. The D3 area encompasses north central South Dakota. "D3 category is seen maybe three times in a century, so certainly it's a really tough situation up there," she says.