Agriculture

Disaster Unemployment Assistance Applications Due Monday

PIERRE, S.D. (from SD Dept. of Public Safety) – Farmers and ranchers, employees and self-employed individuals in 16 counties and reservations across South Dakota who are unable to work as a result of the severe winter storms and flooding from March 13 to April 26 may be eligible for disaster unemployment assistance. Funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency in…

Trump Escapes Blame for Ethanol Policy Hurting Corn Farmers

(AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – President Donald Trump has repeatedly told U.S. farmers he will support ethanol and he largely continues to have their support but many are growing unhappy with EPA decisions that hamper ethanol production. The EPA refuses to restore 2.6 billion gallons (9.84 billion liters) of ethanol removed from production through refinery waivers. It’s…

Young Farmers Voice Their Concerns About an Uncertain Future

SIOUX FALLS, SD— With a farming season that has seen plant dates pushed back and bare fields. Young farmers have noticed the agriculture landscape change. “Very volatile market right now and something we all have to be concerned about. But we all have to be optimistic at the same time,” said John Eilertson, SDSU junior. That optimism was on full display…

US Lawmakers on Northern Border Want Grain Rules Addressed

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) – Republican senators along the northern U.S. border are asking officials to address grain in the trade deal with Canada and Mexico. The Billings Gazette reported Wednesday that U.S. lawmakers from Minnesota, Montana and North Dakota sent a letter to the chief agricultural negotiator for the U.S. trade representative, calling for an agreement that creates a more…

Meat From A Lab? Startups Cook Up Alternative To Slaughter

EMERYVILLE, Calif. (AP) – A growing number of startups worldwide are making meat that doesn’t require slaughtering animals. Cell-based or cultured meat is produced by extracting cells from an animal and feeding the cells in a nutrient broth until they grow into raw meat. The young companies want to offer an alternative to traditional meat production that they say is…

What the Next Generation of Farming May Look Like

Upcoming summit on agriculture in South Dakota to focus on where we go from here

The future of farming will be a major focus for this year’s Governor’s Agricultural Summit in South Dakota. The conference kicks off Thursday, July 11 in Sioux Falls. Lorrin Naasz with the state Ag Department talked with Carleen Wild of KDLT News Today about why it matters state growers and producers are part of this conversation and what anyone might need to…

Minnesota Puts Groundwater Protection Rule into Place

MINNESOTA – Minnesota’s new groundwater protection rule is now in place, designed to help keep nitrates out of drinking water and groundwater. The rules are part of the state’s overall nitrogen fertilizer management plan. Nitrate is one of the most common contaminants and elevated levels can cause health concerns. The state ag department will restrict the application of nitrogen fertilizer…

Representative Johnson’s FEEDD Act Proposes Prevent Plant Date Move

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Representative Dusty Johnson went to bat for South Dakota farmers on the House floor on Wednesday. Representative Johnson spoke on the House floor to highlight producer’s need to move the Prevent Plant date from November 1st to September 1st. Prevent Plant insurance comes into effect when conditions are so bad that farmers are unable to plant…

Rain Leaves Veggie Farmers Struggling With No Aid In Sight

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Torrential rain this spring prevented most Midwest farmers from planting their crops but while the federal government provides help to growers of corn and soybeans, those who grow specialty crops are largely on their own. Although the lack of federal safety net programs for farmers who grow everything from arugula to zucchini isn’t new, one…

Why Knowing Where Your Food Comes From Is Important

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Eating local, and knowing exactly where your food is coming from, is something we’re seeing more often. 68% of global consumers prefer locally branded vegetables, according to statista.com. For the 12th year in a row, you have the opportunity to see where your produce comes from first hand in the Sioux Empire. ‘Breakfast on The Farm’…

USDA: Weather Delay Cuts Corn Crop to Smallest in 4 Years

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture has lowered its estimate of this year’s corn crop to the lowest in four years, saying wet weather has delayed planting and reduced acres planted and the expected per-acre yield. The expected production was cut in a monthly report released Tuesday by 1.4 billion bushels to 13.7 billion bushels, the…

Strawbale Winery Celebrating Dairy In SD

RENNER, S.D. – You don’t ever need an excuse to eat ice cream and cheese, but Strawbale Winery is giving you one anyway. The Winery is hosting its inaugural ‘Great Plains Cheese and Ice Cream Festival’ on Saturday. The festival will feature 7 vendors, kids play areas, and live music. KDLT News previewed what you can expect, and the non-profit…

Rep. Johnson Speaks with Area Farmers, Stresses Crop Insurance Flexibility

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Congressman Dusty Johnson is in South Dakota talking with farmers about the rough planting season. Johnson spoke with Ag producers in Parker Friday. The congressman says what he’s hearing from a lot of South Dakota farmers is a need for flexibility with crop insurance programs. Johnson says the over-saturated planting season is taking a toll on…