Agriculture

Senate Debate Of Industrial Hemp Measure Postponed

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The fate of a South Dakota industrial hemp bill with strong legislative support despite Gov. Kristi Noem's disapproval will remain a mystery a little longer after debate scheduled for this week was postponed. The measure to…

Iowa Man Accused of Letting Cattle Die of Starvation

OSCEOLA, Iowa (AP) - South-central Iowa authorities are investigating after dozens of head of cattle were found starved to death on property near Osceola. The Des Moines Register reports that the farmer who was supposed to be caring for the…

South Dakota Winter Wheat Acres Down 4 Percent

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota's winter wheat crop is a bit smaller than it was a year ago. The federal Agriculture Department says South Dakota farmers last fall planted 800,000 acres of the crop, down 4 percent from…

A Hill of Beans: Soybeans Upstage US-China Trade Talks

WASHINGTON (AP) - Soybeans, which account for less than 1 percent of U.S. exports, are upstaging weightier issues as the Trump administration tackles trade disputes with China and other countries. The outsize importance of soybeans - mostly used as animal…

Johnson Named Top Republican on House Agriculture Subpanel

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota U.S. Rep. Dusty Johnson has been named the top Republican on a House Agriculture Committee subpanel. House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Michael Conaway said in a Thursday statement that Johnson will be the ranking…

EU approves U.S. Soybeans for Biofuel Production

BRUSSELS - The European Union has approved U.S. soybean exports to be used in the production of biofuels in an effort to boost such imports following last summer's trans-Atlantic meeting between President Donald Trump and his EU Commission counterpart Jean-Claude…

Lawmakers Seek Stronger Action Against Fatal Deer Disease

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Some lawmakers want to crack down on deer farms as concern grows about chronic wasting disease among wild deer in a pocket of southeastern Minnesota. They point to neighboring Wisconsin, where the fatal brain disease…

Federal Shutdown Affected Probe into Unique Bovine TB Case

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The longest federal government shutdown in U.S. history affected an investigation into a strain of bovine tuberculosis in a North Dakota beef cattle herd that's not previously been seen in the U.S. The strain is similar…

66th Annual Sioux Empire Livestock Show Underway

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - For the 66th straight year, farmers have flocked to the Expo Center on the W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds. The 'Sioux Empire Livestock Show' kicked off last night and continues throughout the week. Producers and farmers from throughout…

Minnesota State Fair board OKs nearly $20M in improvements

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The board of managers of the Minnesota State Fair has approved nearly $20 million in improvements and maintenance projects for the fairgrounds. Of that amount, $16 million is earmarked for a major new exhibit complex…

Perdue recalls chicken nuggets due to wood contamination

WASHINGTON (AP) - Perdue is recalling more than 68,000 pounds (30,844 kilograms) of chicken nuggets because they may be contaminated with wood. The gluten free Organics Breaded Chicken Breast Nuggets were produced on Oct. 25 and were sold at stores…

Ranchers: Government Shutdown Restricts Cattle Transactions

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - Some South Dakota ranchers say the partial government shutdown is stalling cattle sales because buyers can't access their federal loans. The Rapid City Journal reports that ranchers who have a loan through the Farm Service…

North Dakota Leaders Unveil Oil Tax-Sharing Deal With Tribe

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota Republican legislative leaders have introduced a bill that aims to end a longstanding disagreement over shared revenues on the oil-rich Fort Berthold Indian reservation. The bill unveiled Thursday reworks a tax-sharing agreement that favors…

Rural Bankers in 10 States Worry Over Farm Loan Defaults

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A monthly survey of rural bankers in parts of 10 Plains and Western states suggests banks are growing increasingly concerned about farm loan defaults in 2019. More than 4 of every 10 bankers questioned for the…

USDA Reopening Farm Service Agency for 3 Days

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture is temporarily reopening an agency that provides resources to farmers and ranchers. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced Wednesday the department has called back 2,500 employees to reopen Farm Service Agency offices on…

Farming During a Government Shutdown

S.D.-It's the 20th day of the partial government shutdown and many people across the US are feeling the effects. Kdlt's Miranda Paige checks in with some South Dakota farmers to…

Health, Gun Violence, Education Top House Democratic Agenda

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Leaders of the new Democratic majority in the Minnesota House unveiled the first 10 bills they'll introduce this session, including a proposal to let all residents buy into the MinnnesotaCare health program, which is currently reserved…

USDA Delays Deadline for Farmer Aid to Offset Tariff Losses

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Farmers already reeling from low prices and uncertainty amid the nation's trade dispute with China are welcoming a decision to extend a deadline for federal aid because of the partial government shutdown. Secretary of Agriculture…

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