A farmer in South Dakota's northern half is taking a middle road as to whether he should grow genetically modified crops.
Drought conditions throughout South Dakota have forced several counties to take action and institute a burn ban. But even counties that have not issued burn bans are being cautious.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the number of hogs and pigs in the state is up 8 percent from the same time last year.
South Dakota's state veterinarian says animal anthrax has killed two young cows in Stanley County.
South Dakota Farmers Union President Granted Audience With Pope Francis & Vatican Leaders To Discuss Importance Of Family Farming And Ranching
South Dakota Farmers Union President, Doug Sombke was among five Farmers Union state presidents who were granted an audience with Pope Francis, March 25, 2015.
An Aberdeen company that wants to test the wind capacity for a possible multimillion-dollar wind farm in Lincoln County is getting a second chance, due to a technicality.
South Dakota feedlots with capacities of 1,000 or more animals reported 235,000 cattle on feed on March 1, up 7 percent from last year.
Forecasters say drought conditions are likely for much of eastern South Dakota this spring.
The number of animal rabies cases has dropped in South Dakota for the second consecutive year.
One of South Dakota's newest farm shows has been called off for this year.
The state Department of Agriculture is taking nominations for the 2015 South Dakota Governor's Ag Ambassador Award.
A dangerous new bird flu strain has affected poultry flocks in Minnesota, Missouri, Kansas and Arkansas. That's sending experts and farmers scrambling to determine how it arrived - and to stop it from spreading.
Authorities say an early morning fire likely caused by an electrical equipment malfunction has destroyed a hog barn in northwest Iowa.
Sioux Falls based Raven Industries announces a major layoff.
South Dakota agriculture officials say the current weather conditions have led to a "very high fire danger" in the Black Hills and grasslands.
A few South Dakota producers are giving expensive Japanese cattle a try. Some producers in the state are raising specialty Wagyu (wa-goo) cattle. Farmer Reid Jensen first got his hand on Wagyu cattle in 2010. He now has 70 cows and a couple of breeding bulls in his pastures in Burbank. Jensen says he started his herd for a pricey $5,000 a head. Most of his beef goes to high-end hotels and restaurants. The best-known breed is the black breed that comes from a region near Kobe, Japan. Kobe beef is a type of Wagyu. A Wagyu steak can go for more than $100. The meet is lower in cholesterol. Most of the Wagyu cattle in the U.S. are in Texas and New Mexico.
The Bureau of Reclamation notified Lewis & Clark Friday the project will be receiving a total of $9 million in funding for FY15.
It's a bird, it's a plane, it's Superman! Actually, it's a drone and the unmanned, battery operated aircrafts are quickly making their way from recreational use to agricultural use."They're finding that this is a good, useful thing for agriculture. In cattle, finding displaced cattle, finding cyotoes that are causing trouble on those farms or irrigation pivots that are losing copper heads," explained Adam Shaw, vice president of Maverick Drone Systems. Maverick Drone Systems is a distribution company based out of Savage, Minnesota.With the average farm being bigger than four football fields, it's difficult to monitor such an expanse of land. But with drones, it's getting a little easier for farmers like Austin Hillestad of Volga, who says he would also like to use them for other business purposes."I'd also like to film some of our equipment as we're going through the field, I think that'd be fun to see. We also do some custom work and I'd also think that it'd be good advertisement."Whether they're for recreational or commercial use, there's still fear surrounding drones. The fear of being spied on or flying in restricted airspaces has people scared. But Adam believes that educating people on the aircrafts will help calm those fears."We feel we can be a drone pilot training academy to support them in getting people certified the right way. Putting them behind maybe 20 hours or 30 hours of flight. Maybe creating that program that doesn't exist today."
The Republican-controlled Senate has passed a bipartisan bill approving construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline.
Federal officials say a serious strain of bird flu has been found in a Minnesota commercial turkey flock.