Agriculture

The Buzz About Beekeeping

While many of us fear getting stung and get upset when bees are around, right now others are looking to help raise and keep around as many as possible as their existence is critical to our own. With us this morning was queen bee and third-generation beekeeper Hannah Sjostrom, national spokesperson for the American Beekeeping Federation. She’s on tour and…

Noem: “My Position on Hemp Has Not Changed”

PIERRE, S.D. – Governor Kristi Noem issued the following statement regarding the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) new regulatory guidelines for industrial hemp: “USDA’s guidelines are out, but my position on legalizing industrial hemp has not changed. I remain opposed to industrial hemp in South Dakota because of the impact it will have on public safety and law enforcement’s…

Egyptian Delegation Sees Opportunity In South Dakota

SIOUX FALLS, S.D – South Dakota farmers might soon have another trade partner. One state representative is hosting delegates from around the world, showcasing what the AG industry does best. State representative Michael Saba’s goal is simple. “Bring new dollars into South Dakota and to preserve South Dakota’s agricultural heritage,” he says. He’s looking to sell South Dakota AG products…

Chronic Wasting Disease Found in Bennett County

MARTIN, S.D. (AP) – State officials say chronic wasting disease in deer has spread eastward in South Dakota. The state Game, Fish and Parks Department said Friday samples collected from a sick deer found near Martin in Bennett County confirmed the animal was in the late stages of the disease. The agency says it’s the first confirmed case of chronic…

Survey Suggests Slight Rebound in Midwest Economic Growth

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A new report says an October survey of business supply managers suggests a bump occurred in economic growth for nine Midwest and Plains states. The report issued Friday says the Mid-America Business Conditions index rebounded to 52.6, compared with 49.1 in September. The August figure was 49.3. The index had remained above growth neutral for 32…

Harrisburg Company in Hemp Industry Hoping for Statewide Legalization

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Industrial hemp is illegal in South Dakota. Lawmakers this year passed a bill that would have allowed farmers to grow hemp but Governor Noem vetoed it. Despite that, one company still hopes to make a profit within the industry but not by growing hemp. They are building hemp processing equipment. “What we’re doing is not illegal….

Senator John Thune Visits Large Ethanol Producer

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Officials say 40 percent of South Dakota’s corn supply is used for ethanol production. Today Senator John Thune visited one of the world’s largest producers of ethanol following a big announcement from the Trump Administration. Last week the administration announced plans to implement new rules that will increase demand for ethanol, which is good news for…

Trump Administration Says Plan Would Restore Ethanol Demand

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The Trump administration says it plans to implement new rules that will increase demand for ethanol, reversing a decline caused by exemptions given to oil refineries. The proposal announced Friday follows months of complaints by Midwest farmers, politicians and the ethanol industry that the federal government’s granting of waivers to refiners had violated federal law…

Pause the Wi-Fi? A Break Down of Alexa’s Latest Upgrades

Wired Wednesday regular, Will Bushee offers insights into what you might love with this latest software

Amazon recently announced a slew of upgrades to Alexa’s technology arsenal – all designed to make your life easier and better connected. Getting the most attention might be a clock, at least on the surface. Some of the other improvements however, you may truly love. Will Bushee explains. Categories: Agriculture, KDLT News Today, KDLT News Today – Top Stories, Local…

Thune: Time to Ratify US, Mexico, and Canada Agreement

Senator Thune says farmers and ranchers need a solution

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Senator John Thune is calling on Congress to help farmers dig out of a tough year that has seen massive flooding and trade disputes. Senator Thune called on his colleagues on Tuesday to ratify the U.S., Mexico, and Canada agreement, saying that negotiations were complete nearly a year ago. Senator Thune says the USMCA will benefit…

Flooding Affects Farmers Across The Sioux Empire

COLTON, S.D. – It’s no secret that the Sioux Empire is struggling with flooding, but the water has repercussions that won’t go away quickly. “Pretty much every farmer you talk to, let’s just get this year over with,” says President of the South Dakota Soybean Association Jeff Thompson. To say that the amount of flooding this year has been extreme…

Senator Thune Wants to See South Dakota Become More High Tech

Senator John Thune held a discussion panel today about the technological future of South Dakota

SIOUX FALLS, SD— Senator John Thune led a panel discussion about the benefits of bringing high-speed broadband to rural areas. Which he believes could help South Dakota be on par with other high-tech states. “If you can have the productivity at the same speeds and the same type of digital clarity,” said Thune. “Just as you could in any other place…

Red Lake Nation Worries About Arrival of Zebra Mussels

LOWER RED LAKE, Minn. (AP) – Red Lake Nation tribal scientists are checking the waters of Lower Red Lake frequently for the appearance of zebra mussels that have already invaded the Upper Red. They’re worried that the destructive creatures will spread quickly and threaten a fishery that produces 1 million pounds of walleye per year. And some Red Lakers see…

Survey Suggests Little or No Midwest Economic Growth in View

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A new report says an August survey of business supply managers suggests slow or no economic growth over the next several months in nine Midwest and Plains states. The report issued Tuesday says the Mid-America Business Conditions index dropped below growth neutral in August, hitting 49.3 compared with 52.0 in July. The index had remained above…

POET Closing Plant, Blaming Trump Administration

CLOVERDALE, Ind. (AP) – The owner of a western Indiana ethanol plant is blaming its shut down on the Trump administration allowing some refineries to not blend ethanol with gasoline as required under federal law. South Dakota-based ethanol producer POET says it will cease production by mid-October at its Cloverdale plant, one of four it operates in Indiana. A company…