Agriculture

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…

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…