Agriculture

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…

Iowa Farmers Take Aim at Soy-eating Painted Lady Butterfly

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – Some western Iowa fields are getting sprayed to get rid of painted lady butterflies that have proven problematic for soybean crops. Iowa State University Extension field agronomist Joel DeJong says the agricultural community believes this year’s influx of the painted lady butterfly, or thistle caterpillar, is the largest ever in Siouxland. DeJong said Friday that…

Ag Appreciation Day at the Sioux Empire Fair

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Today is Ag Appreciation Day and thousands showed up to the Sioux Empire Fair this morning to celebrate. The Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce sponsored the event and handed out 7,000 meal tickets. From 11am-1pm today farmers and ranchers were served lunch, enjoyed live music, and free admission to the fair. More than 300 volunteers…

Advanced BioEnergy Selling Ethanol Plants in Aberdeen, Huron

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) – Advanced BioEnergy is selling its Aberdeen and Huron ethanol plants to Glacial Lakes Energy for $47.5 million. Advanced BioEnergy, based in Bloomington, Minnesota, says the transfer is expected to take place in the third quarter of this year, if shareholders approve. Advanced BioEnergy would be liquidated and the proceeds distributed to shareholders after outstanding debt and…

Minnesota Officials Say Emerald Ash Borer Found in Nobles County

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has placed Nobles County under an emergency quarantine after Emerald Ash Borer was discovered in Worthington. The quarantine is seeking to limit the movement of firewood and ash materials out of the county to prevent the spread of the invasive species. A total of 19 Minnesota counties, including Nobles County, are…

New Pig Inspection Rules Announced for Iowa State Fair

Courtesy: Iowa State FairDES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Officials have announced new inspection rules for pigs that will be shown at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines. An Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship news release said Friday that the additional exhibition requirements are designed to promote biosecurity and animal health as African swine fever continues to spread…

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…