Agriculture

New Pig Inspection Rules Announced for Iowa State Fair

DES 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…

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…

Trump Escapes Blame for Ethanol Policy Hurting Corn Farmers

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…

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…

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…

EPA Approves $1.5 Million Grant for Iowa Wetlands Projects

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig says the federal government will give Iowa a $1.5 million grant to install wetlands in targeted locations to improve water quality. The Environmental Protection Agency grant will help install…

What the Next Generation of Farming May Look Like

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…

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…

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.…

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…

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.…

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…

Good Week for Fieldwork Helps South Dakota Farmers

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota farmers had a good week for fieldwork as they try to get their crops in. The federal crop report says there were 5.5 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday. Farmers…

Area Farmers Mulling "Prevented Plant" Crop Insurance

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Crop insurance "late plant" dates are coming into play for many area farmers. What's called "prevented plant" crop insurance will pay up if farmers can't get into their fields in time. Just like last year, the…

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