South Dakota Ag Connection
The South Dakota Cattlemen's Association filed comments last week asking Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to withdraw his proposal to create a supplemental beef checkoff under the Commodity Promotion, Research, and Information Act of 1996. "SDCA and our members do not support an additional beef checkoff and our preference would be for the secretary to withdraw the proposal," said SDCA president Todd Wilkinson in the comments.
Several provisions important to South Dakota were included in the Omnibus Appropriations bill passed this weekend by Congress, according to Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.). "I'm pleased the annual funding bill included a number of provisions important to South Dakota," said Thune. "Two of these provisions continue the development of key state facilities, the Lewis and Clark Regional Water System and the Sanford Underground Research Facility." Thune says while imperfect, the fiscal year's 2015 budget bill advances several South Dakota priorities.
At a hearing last week before the Senate Agriculture Committee, Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., questioned the head of the U.S.
Katelyn Grehl, of Hitchcock, was crowned the 59th South Dakota Dairy Princess in Sioux Falls during the kickoff for the Central Plains Dairy Expo. Grehl, 19, is the daughter of Frank and Julie Grehl and is a nursing student at Dakota Wesleyan University. Her family milks 100 cows. Grehl has been active showing dairy calves at fairs, teaching Sunday school and serving as a camp counselor and vacation bible school teacher. She receives a $1,000 scholarship from Midwest Dairy Association's South Dakota Division.
Cooler than average temperatures are expected to persist through the remainder of the spring season in South Dakota, according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center. The most recent update was released last week, which includes projections for temperature, precipitation and drought for the spring and early summer. “The cool Canadian fl ow is expected to continue well into April,” said Laura Edwards, SDSU Extension Climate Field Specialist.