Agriculture

Rainy Weather Delays Planting of Iowa's Corn, Soybean Crops

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Rainy weather is delaying Iowa farmers from planting crops this spring. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported Monday that 36% of Iowa's expected corn crop had been planted as of Sunday. That's five days behind…

Spring Planting Well Behind Average Pace in South Dakota

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Spring planting remains well behind the average pace in South Dakota after bad weather and flooding last month. The Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop report that 8% of the spring wheat crop and…

Mnuchin Hopes For 'Substantial Progress' In China Talks

BEIJING (AP) - U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says he hopes for "substantial progress" in talks with Chinese officials aimed at ending a tariff war over Beijing's technology ambitions. Mnuchin arrived Tuesday in Beijing for the latest negotiations on the…

Wet Fields Delaying Some Planting in Nebraska, Iowa

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Officials say late-winter moisture, flooding and low temperatures have delayed corn and other plantings in Nebraska and in some parts of Iowa. A U.S. Department of Agriculture report for the week ending Sunday says just 2%…

Funding Available For Cover Crops On Damaged Farmland

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - The federal Natural Resources Conservation Service is providing money to plant cover crops on damaged farmland. The aid is aimed at recovery work on cropland directly affected by the severe weather in March. The highest priority…

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…

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