Agriculture

Winter Conditions Have Little Effect On Sioux Empire Farm Show

SIOUX FALLS – Despite the bad weather earlier this week, the Sioux Empire Farm Show hasn’t seen it affect their numbers very much. Organizers say the snow had a slight impact on attendance Tuesday and Wednesday, but after rearranging a couple events, they have seen attendance slowly pick back up. The winter weather actually helped in one area, the farm…

Sioux Empire Farm Show Kicks Off

Sioux Falls Chamber Of Commerce Expects Around 30,000 People To Visit

Sioux Falls is once again welcoming the 64th annual Sioux Empire Farm Show this week. The Sioux Falls Fairgrounds will host the livestock portion of the show The Denny Sanford Premier Center, Sioux Falls Convention Center and Sioux Falls Arena will focus on crop farming. Show Manager Cindy Christensen said the show is projected to generate $2.5 million for the…

USDA Announces Stricter Animal Welfare Rules For Eggs, Meat

WASHINGTON (AP) – Organic meat and egg producers will have to abide by stricter animal welfare standards under a new rule announced by the Agriculture Department. The rule announced Wednesday is a victory for animal rights groups two days before President Barack Obama leaves office. The regulations will ensure that organically grown livestock have enough space to lie down, turn…

2016 Weather: Year in Review

One of the Warmest and Wettest Years in Sioux Falls' History!

What a year we had in 2016, from the above average warmth, to the snow, and even the total precipitation, 2016 was definitely a year of weather extremes across the Rushmore State. As a state, South Dakota recorded its sixth warmest year on record according to South Dakota’s Acting State Climatologist, Laura Edwards. 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 In Sioux Falls, we saw something…

USDA Announces New Conservation Farmland Transfer Policy

DES MOINES (AP) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced a new policy designed to allow farmers to take land out of a conservation program early if it is to be transferred to the next generation of farmers. Agriculture Deputy Under Secretary Lanon Baccam says beginning Jan. 9, the USDA will offer an early termination opportunity for certain Conservation…

‘Palmer Amaranth’ Weed Found In Minnesota Crops

MINNESOTA – Seed mixes used to grow more habitat for bees and wildlife have been contaminated. “Palmer Amaranth” was discovered in Minnesota for the first time after weeds were accidentally planted on conservation land. Palmer is one of the most harmful weeds in the country for corn, soybeans, and other row crops. A Yellow Medicine County farmer reported Palmer in…

Congress’ Budget Patch Averts National Farm Loan Crisis

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) – An unusual budget provision passed earlier this month by Congress means no one who qualifies for a government farm loan will be denied in the next four months. U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran is a Kansas Republican who chairs an agricultural appropriations panel. He says the budget patch gives the Agriculture Department’s Farm Service Agency authority to…

Christmas Day Blaze Leaves Two Hog Barns “A Total Loss”

Ivestigation Continues Into What Caused Fire That Destroyed Two Barns, One Filled With Animals

Two Hog barns that went up in flames near Crooks Christmas night are considered a “total loss.” One of the barns had an undetermined amount of hogs inside, all confirmed to be dead. Crooks Volunteer Fire Department Chief Mike Harstad said it is “unclear” if any animals were in the second building that was destroyed. He said the business owner…

Minnesota farmers prepare for new federal regulations

Farmers must get a veterinarian's approval before giving antibiotics to animals

EDGERTON, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota farmers say they’re prepared for new federal regulations that will require farmers to get a veterinarian’s approval before giving antibiotics to their farm animals. The new rules will be the broadest restrictions ever handed down on feeding healthy animals antibiotics. Federal and other health officials say unbridled use of antibiotics in animal feed is a…

Third Bighorn Sheep In Deadwood Herd Dies Of Pneumonia

DEADWOOD, S.D. – State wildlife officials say three dead bighorn sheep from a Deadwood herd transplanted from Canada have tested positive for a highly virulent strain of pneumonia. Other bighorns have died in recent weeks, and one official says the positive tests are a “big concern.” The South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks regional wildlife manager Trenton Haffley says the…

Ranchers Hurt By Cottonwood Fire To Get Some Aid This Week

PHILIP, S.D. – The South Dakota Stockgrowers Association and a charity in Philip are working together to help ranch families hurt by the devastating Cottonwood Fire west of Phillip in October. The human-caused prairie fire burned 64 square miles of grassland, killed nearly 300 cattle and destroyed numerous rural buildings. No one was hurt. Philip Charities will be sending out…

USDA Rules Aim To Protect Livestock, Poultry Producers

WASHINGTON  – With a little more than a month left in the Obama administration, the Agriculture Department is announcing new rules aimed at protecting the rights of livestock and poultry producers who do business with larger companies. The administration first proposed similar rules in 2010, but abandoned them after Congress blocked funds for them. Congress lifted that ban in a…