Agriculture

Fungal Disease Decimates Minnesota's Bat Population

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Half of Minnesota's bat species are nearing extinction because of a potentially fatal fungal disease. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources released its bat population survey findings on Thursday. The department found that the disease…

Couple Rescued From Flood Waters in Lac Qui Parle County

MADISON, Minn. - Sheriff's deputies have rescued two people stranded in flood water in western Minnesota. Lac Qui Parle County sheriff's officials say the man and woman drove around a road barricade near Madison Thursday afternoon and attempted to drive…

U.S. Senators Urging for Quick Federal Relief for Ranchers

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - U.S. Senators from North and South Dakota, Montana, Iowa, and Kansas are urging federal authorities to provide urgent assistance to ranchers impacted by all of the spring flooding. The senators are requesting funding through the Livestock Indemnity…

Noem Signs Law That Targets Companies Marketing 'Fake Meat'

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Gov. Kristi Noem has signed legislation that requires "fake meat" products to be correctly labeled. The law says a product is misbranded if it intentionally labels products in a false, deceptive or misleading manner that misrepresents…

Forecasters Say Spring Could Bring Unprecedented US Flooding

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. weather experts say the stage is set for unprecedented major flooding this spring for most of the nation. In Thursday's spring forecast, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says more than 200 million Americans are at…

Farm Aid Nonprofit Arranging Hay Help for Nebraska Ranchers

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The Plains farm aid nonprofit Farm Rescue is launching an effort to bring donated hay to flood-stricken Nebraska ranchers. North Dakota-based Farm Rescue first activated its "Operation Hay Lift" program to help drought-stricken Upper Midwest ranchers…

Dogs With Unique Training To Help Round Up Rare Turtles

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Specially-trained dogs from Montana are coming to Iowa to help round up a rare and threatened turtle species. The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports that the Bur Oak Land Trust is coordinating the project this spring…

EPA Rule an Issue Pitting Oil Producers Against Corn Farmers

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Trump administration is proposing to allow year-round sales of gasoline mixed with 15 percent ethanol, seeking to calm a dispute between the oil industry and corn farmers. The proposal Tuesday by the Environmental Protection Agency fulfills…

Noem Vetoes Industrial Hemp Legislation

PIERRE, S.D. – Governor Kristi Noem today vetoed HB1191 and sent the following message to the South Dakota House of Representatives: Dear Mr. Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives, I respectfully return to you House Bill 1191, with…

Governor Noem: "Conversation Has Changed" on Hemp Bill

PIERRE, S.D. - Republican Governor Kristi Noem says the "conversation has changed" about legalizing hemp in South Dakota. She continues to voice her displeasure with the bill currently in the state legislature. On Wednesday, state legislators passed House Bill 1191,…

Farm Rescue Accepting Spring Crop-Planting Aid Applications

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The Plains farm aid nonprofit Farm Rescue is accepting applications for spring crop-planting assistance. Farm Rescue provides free physical labor for farmers and ranchers dealing with an injury, illness or a natural disaster. It relies on…

SD Senate Plans to Reconsider Hemp Plan After Bill's Failure

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota senators plan to reconsider a bill to legalize industrial hemp after the measure failed on the chamber's floor. The 21-14 Tuesday vote fell short of the two-thirds margin required to pass the bill. Supporters…

SD Industrial Hemp Bill Still 'Gravely Concerns' Governor

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem says a bill to legalize industrial hemp still "gravely concerns" her, but she stopped short of threatening a veto. The Republican governor said Friday she's worried the bill passed by a…

Hemp Bill Passes Through Senate Ag Committee with 7-2 Vote

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A Senate panel has approved a bill to legalize the cultivation of industrial hemp in South Dakota despite heavy pressure from Gov. Kristi Noem. The Senate agriculture committee voted 7-2 Thursday to send the bill to…

Soil Moisture in Good Shape in South Dakota as Spring Nears

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Soil moistures supplies in South Dakota appear to be in good shape as spring planting season nears. The federal Agriculture Department says in its monthly crop report that 86 percent of subsoil moisture supplies and…

Structure Fire in Rural Baltic

Emergency officials have responded to a structure fire in rural Baltic at about 10 p.m. Thursday. The Minnehaha County Sheriff's Office states two out buildings were destroyed in the fire. The fire is under investigation. The Baltic, Colton, Lyons and…

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