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WEST FARGO - The North Dakota Grain Growers Association has voted to withdraw from the National Association of Wheat Growers after its president says came after three years of negotiations with the national organization. The change will be effective June 30.
YANKTON, S.D. — Josh and Deanna Johnson completed a 2,400-head swine nursery near Volin last summer, but not without pushback from the Yankton County Planning and Zoning Commission and county residents.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Ethanol, trade and livestock development were the top issues among farmers attending the South Dakota Corn Growers Association annual meeting Jan. 19 in Sioux Falls. Members held their business and delegate session and reaffirmed their support of E15, but also considered several E30 resolutions, which failed.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — 2018 was a challenging year for pork producers on the trade front, but they’re hoping for a better year in 2019. Trade, the government shutdown and continued expansion in the industry were top of mind with producers attending the 50th annual South Dakota Pork Producers Council Pork Congress and Trade Show in Sioux Falls on Jan. 9-10.
Farmers regionally and nationally are talking about planting more corn and fewer soybeans in 2019. This follows a year of disastrous soybean prices in 2018 due to the ongoing trade dispute with China and record soybean production in the United States, which led to record carryout of 955 million bushels.
WASHINGTON — The nation’s farmers will be receiving a second trade aid payment under USDA’s Market Facilitation Program. President Donald Trump made the announcement on Dec. 17, giving farmers an early Christmas present. Soybean farmers were pleased the president delivered the trade aid he promised, since there was some question about whether the payments would be made with the Office of Management and Budget concerned about the cost.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — 2018 has been a tough year for soybean producers, but they’re looking ahead at new uses and new market opportunities in the coming year. That was the focus of this year’s Ag Outlook 2018. More than 800 farmers attended the annual meeting of the South Dakota Soybean Association, which features the Soybean Yield Contest, a trade show and various speakers.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — “So I’m here to report a miracle.” That’s what Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., shared after the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, or Agricultural Improvement Act, in both the Senate and the House. The conference committee released its final report on Dec. 10, and the day following the Senate passed the final bill by a strong margin of 87-13. The House followed up on Dec. 12 with passage by a vote of 369-47.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt will visit South Dakota on Wednesday, June 13, but the state's corn growers plan to give him the cold shoulder. Pruitt is scheduled to visit with sorghum producers at a cattle operation near Reliance in the central part of the state.. However, South Dakota Corn Growers Association Executive Director Lisa Richardson said President Donald Trump promised to provide the pathway for year-round sales of E15 and Pruitt is not welcome in the state unless he is delivering on that promise.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is in the rule-making phase of implementing biotech food labeling after Congress passed a bill last summer that survived a long and controversial fight. Farm and food industry groups expect a proposed rule by the end of this year, followed by a comment period and final rule before the July 2018 deadline.