Turner Co. Residents Learn More About Proposed Chicken Farm

Nearly two weeks ago, landowners concerned about a large egg-laying operation planned near Parker sued its developers and the Turner County Commission. Now, area farmers and citizens are finally getting a chance to get their most pressing questions answered.

Proposed Ethanol Plant In SD Would Push Production Westward

Plans for South Dakota's westernmost ethanol plant are moving forward following the rezoning of land in Onida despite complaints from residents.    Onida residents don't want the proposed Ring-Neck Energy and Feed plant so close to the town. Investors hope that the plant on the edge of Onida will be running by fall 2016.    Corn for the $65 million facility would come from a 100-mile radius including Sully, Potter, Walworth, Dewey and Stanley counties. Investors say the corn will be enough for the plant to reach its annual production capacity of 70 million gallons.    The nearest ethanol plant to Onida is about 100 miles away in Redfield.    South Dakota ranks fifth in the nation for its ethanol production, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

SD Corn Growers Assoc. Board Re-Elects Its 3 Officers

Board members of the South Dakota Corn Growers Association have re-elected all three officers to serve for another year.    Keith Alverson, of Chester, will continue as president; Troy Knecht, of Houghton, will stay on as vice president; and Doug Noem, of Bryant, will again be secretary/treasurer.    The association is one of the largest commodity groups in the state. It promotes corn, represents corn producers on public policy issues and serves as a legislative voice.

More South Dakota Cattle In Feedlots Than Year Ago

Large South Dakota feedlots have more cattle than a year ago.    The U.S. Agriculture Department's National Agricultural Statistics Service says lots with capacities of 1,000 or more head contained 230,000 cattle on feed on Feb. 1. That's up 5 percent from last year.    Placements for cattle headed to slaughter during January totaled 30,000 head, down 23 percent from 2014.    The ag service says it revised monthly cattle on feed estimates back to February 2013 to better align with the definition that cattle should grade select or better to be counted in the cattle on feed program. That means cows and bulls have been removed from these previous estimates and future cattle on feed estimates.

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