Agriculture

Soil moisture supplies improve in South Dakota over the week

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Soil moisture supplies have improved in South Dakota over the past week. The federal Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop report that topsoil moisture supplies are rated 82 percent adequate to surplus, up from…

Iowa producers say ethanol limits would be 'war' on rural US

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa ethanol and biodiesel producers are warning President Donald Trump that imposing restrictions on biofuels production "would be viewed as a declaration of war on rural America." The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, representing refineries in…

South Dakota ranchers say drought aid data is inaccurate

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - Some ranchers in western South Dakota say data that determines their eligibility for federal drought aid is inaccurate. The Rapid City Journal reports that local ranchers raised the issue with Republican U.S. Sen. John Thune…

US soybean group calls tariffs 'devastating'

WASHINGTON (AP) - The American Soybean Association, a lobbying group that says it represents 21,000 U.S. soybean producers, says China's proposed 25-percent tariff on soybeans would be "devastating" to U.S. farmers. China is the largest consumer of U.S. soybeans, buying…

Farming Through Prolonged Winter

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -  When winter weather lingers around, many of us grumble. However, for farmers in our region the prolonged cold can be devastating. KDLT's Simon Floss and Photojournalist Grant Sweeter took a trip to John Hemmers farm in…

Edmunds County commission repeals turkey barn building permit

IPSWICH, S.D. (AP) - The Edmunds County Commission has rescinded a turkey barn building permit so it can be reconsidered at a Wednesday planning and zoning meeting. The American News reports the decision came during a Monday public hearing sparked…

Trump draws ire of farmers targeted in Chinese trade dispute

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - From Iowa hog producers to Washington apple growers and California winemakers, farmers are expressing deep disappointment over being put in the middle of a potential trade war with China. President Donald Trump announced plans Thursday…

Gov. Dennis Daugaard signs off on SDSU precision ag project

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Gov. Dennis Daugaard has approved a major new precision agriculture facility at South Dakota State University. The governor signed bills Thursday authorizing and funding the project. The roughly $55 million project includes building a precision agriculture…

Harrold pulse plant on hiatus as it deals with money woes

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The only plant in South Dakota that processes pulse crops such as field peas and lentils has stopped buying from farmers as it deals with financial woes. The South Dakota Pulse Processors plant in Harrold earlier…

South Dakotan Farmers Respond To New Tariffs

EMERY, S.D. - Tuesday is National AG day. Some farmers are sharing concerns over new tariffs the Trump Administration has proposed. That's 25 percent on imported steel and 10 percent on imported aluminum. Scott Stahl is…

Ag group accepts challenge to raise millions for industry

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota Agricultural Foundation has taken on a five-year challenge to fundraise $4 million to help support the state's agriculture industry. Gov. Dennis Daugaard's office said Tuesday that money raised by the foundation will…

Public hearing to be held over South Dakota turkey barn

IPSWICH, S.D. (AP) - A public hearing will be held following South Dakota residents' opposition to the site of a proposed 5,000-hen turkey barn. The Edmunds County Commission approved permits for Farm Holdings S.D. 12's three turkey barns in February.…

2018 Outdoor Living Expo This Weekend

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Whether your outdoor 'style' is gardening, canning, or just lounging around, you can check out the Outdoor Living Expo this weekend just a short drive away. KDLT's Simon Floss made a trip out to the W.H…

Animal Protection, Environment Groups Oppose New Pork Rules

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Labor, public health, environment and animal protection organizations are asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture to reject plans to change the way hogs are slaughtered and processed for meat. Thirty-five organizations, including Compassion Over Killing,…

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