Agriculture

At Least One Confirmed Calf Shot In Moody County

FLANDREAU, S.D. - The Moody County Sheriff's Office is encouraging farmers and ranchers to pay close attention to their cattle, after a series of calves appear to have been attacked. Sheriff Troy Wellman says they received a call Tuesday that…

Turner County Voters Reject New Animal Feedlot Rules

PARKER, S.D. (AP) - Voters in Turner County have quashed an attempt to ease rules for animal feedlots. County commissioners passed an ordinance in June that removed the need for a local permit and a public notice to neighbors for…

South Korean Trade Team Visits South Dakota

BRIDGEWATER, S.D. - Free trade is a hot topic across the nation, with President Donald Trump withdrawing the U.S. from the Trans Pacific Partnership. He's also considering re-negotiating other…

Drought Worsens South Dakota Pheasant Population

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department survey has determined that the summer's drought influenced the state's declining pheasant population. The department's annual survey released Friday shows a 45 percent decline statewide in the number…

Five Calves Killed On South Shore Ranch

SOUTH SHORE, S.D. - A family north of Watertown is out $4,000. In the last two weeks, they've discovered five calves have died on their land. And the cause of the deaths have the…

South Dakota Hutterite Colonies Submit Feedlot Applications

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) - Two Hutterite colonies in northeastern South Dakota have submitted multi-animal feedlot applications that are pending approval by the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Camrose Colony is pursuing a new turkey and swine feeding operation…

Getting Drought-Relief Hay To Northern Plains No Easy Task

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Farmers around the country are donating hay for ranchers whose livestock are suffering from the drought in the Northern Plains. But getting the feed to the region isn't proving easy. North Dakota's Agriculture Department has issued…

Heavy Rain Brings Floods to the Sioux Empire

While many were hoping to see a glimpse at today‚Äôs Solar Eclipse, Mother Nature had her own plans. Strong storms with heavy rain moved into the Sioux Empire this morning and into the early afternoon bringing flash flooding across parts…

2 Agriculture Groups In Dakotas To Vote On Merger

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) - The boards of two agriculture co-ops in the Dakotas have decided to hold a second vote among their members about merging. A narrow majority of members from North Central Farmers Elevator voted in 2015 against merging…

Wisconsin Officials Act To Help Northern Plains Drought

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is clearing the way for farmers in that state to help out their drought-stricken colleagues in the Northern Plains. Walker has declared a 30-day state of emergency for the purpose of transporting…

2018 Farm Bill a Major Topic at Dakotafest

MITCHELL, S.D.- With just over a year until the federal farm bill expires, lawmakers in Washington are already looking at what to include in the next version of the bill. Earlier today-- Congresswoman Kristi Noem and senators John Thune and…

South Dakota Farmers, Ranchers Get Some Drought Relief

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Rain has brought South Dakota farmers and ranchers some relief from the drought. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says rain and cooler temperatures last week brought drought relief to parts of South Dakota. But rainfall…

Recent Rain Provides Drought Relief

MITCHELL, S.D. --- South Dakota is feeling some relief thanks to some recent rain. The drought across the state is starting to improve. The most recent U.S. Drought Monitor reports that there was…

Drought Hay Donation Lottery Program Now Offered In 3 States

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A hay donation lottery program set up in North Dakota to help drought-stricken ranchers is being expanded to producers in South Dakota and Montana. The effort was launched last week by North Dakota's Agriculture Department ,…

Concerns Arise With Possible Regulation Changes To CAFO's

MINNEHAHA, Co. - Policies may change for farmers who build indoor livestock operations in Minnehaha County. Tuesday, commissioners are expected to vote on the distance between these operations and other buildings, like where you work, or worship. The proposal is…

Brown County Soybean Crops Damaged by Drifting Herbicide

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) - Some Brown County farmers are complaining to the state that their soybean crops have been damaged by a drifting herbicide. South Dakota State University Extension specialist Gared Shaffer says the herbicide in question kills broad-leafed weeds…

Slight Drought Improvement This Week

This summer has been a rough one for farmers across the Rushmore State as drought has ramped up during the hottest months of the year. Week after week we have seen drought continue to expand and worsen across our area,…

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