Agriculture

South Dakota US Senators Praise Perdue As Ag Secretary

Photo Courtesy of APPIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota’s U.S. senators are praising the Senate’s confirmation of former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue as agriculture secretary. Perdue has assured nervous farm-state senators that he’ll advocate for rural America, even as President Donald Trump’s administration has proposed deep cuts to some farm programs. Both Sen. John Thune and Sen. Mike Rounds voted…

South Dakota Farmers Report 68% Decrease in Net Income in 2016

This follows a 77 percent decrease between 2014 and 2015

MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) – Farms enrolled with the South Dakota Center for Farm and Ranch Management reported a 68 percent decrease in their net income. More than 100 farms, mostly located in eastern South Dakota, are part of the program run by Mitchell Technical Institute. Statistics from the center show the average net income decreased to $13,308 last year, down…

Planting Of Spring Wheat, Oats Halfway Done In South Dakota

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Spring planting has progressed in South Dakota over the past week, despite snow, sleet and freezing rain in some areas. The weekly crop report from the federal Agriculture Department says planting of spring wheat and oats in the state is about halfway done. Barley seeding is nearly one-fifth complete. Topsoil moisture supplies statewide are rated…

Drier Start To Spring Not Dampening Farmers’ Spirits

BRIDGEWATER, S.D. – We’ve seen a mix of rain and snow today but the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls said recent months have been below normal for precipitation.  Planting season for farmers is just around the corner and some areas have seen a shortage of more than 2″ of precipitation for the year. Weather experts said the reason we haven’t…

Yankton County Commission Approves Expansion Of Hog Facility

YANKTON, S.D. (AP) – The Yankton County Commission has approved the expansion of a hog facility southeast of Lesterville, despite a number of area residents expressing concerns about the operation. The commission voted 4-1 Tuesday in favor of granting a conditional-use permit for the placement of a 2,400-head pork production barn. The Yankton Daily Press and Dakotan reports the 90-minute…

Annual Washington Pavilion AG Day Draws Big Crowd

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Nearly two thousand people and 50 exhibitors packed the Washington Pavilion to celebrate National Agriculture Day. The annual free event had family fun ag-related activities, booths, and a free lunch featuring south Dakota-made products. The event kicked off yesterday into today, the pavilion says they continue to do the event to not only educate families but…

Bovine Tuberculosis Found In South Dakota Beef Herd

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Officials confirm bovine tuberculosis has been found in a South Dakota beef herd. State Veterinarian Dustin Oedekoven says meat inspectors initially identified the suspect animals in February during routine slaughter inspection of otherwise healthy appearing cattle. The cattle were traced to a herd in Harding County. Testing of the herd revealed additional infected animals. Oedekoven says…

Ice Cream From The Cow To The Cone

A closer look at the organic process of Stensland Family Farms

SIOUX FALLS – You’ve probably heard the term “farm to table,” but a Sioux Falls ice cream shop is sprinkling in its own twist on the phrase. And the result is pretty sweet. KDLT photojournalist Josh Bixler spent a day with the folks at Stensland Family Farms for a look at how their operation goes from cow… to cone. Stensland…

South Dakota Livestock In Good Shape After January Storm

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota livestock appear to be in fairly good shape despite some rough weather in January, particularly in the south. The Agriculture Department says in its monthly crop report that a large storm with heavy snow late in the month created difficult conditions for ranchers in southern areas, and there also was blowing and drifting…

SD Agriculture Leaders Respond To Trump’s TPP Decision

President Donald Trump Signed An Executive Order, Removing U.S. From Trans Pacific Partnership

One of the several executive orders President Donald Trump signed this week pulled the United States out of the Trans Pacific Partnership, or TPP Questions surround what’s next for trade agreements in the U.S., particularly with agriculture. The Trans Pacific Partnership was a twelve nation trade agreement including the United States, Mexico and Australia. Experts say the goal of the…

Tech Shows Growth In Agriculture Community

Hundreds Of Technology Advacements On Display At Sioux Empire Farm Show

At the Sioux Empire Farm Show, hundreds of tech advancements are on display. It serves as an example for a trend that has grown annually. Technological advancements continue to find their way on farming equipment is ways never seen before. Trevor McKown, Region Manager for Precision Planting, said that is only going to keep growing. “We look at some of…