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Local Children’s Book Author Says Ranchers Need This Voice

Tired of seeing farmers and ranchers often made out to be the villain, Amanda Radke took matters into her own hands.

There is no shortage of stories about farms, especially when it comes to children’s books. But Amanda Radke noticed a few years ago, as she was raising her own family, that there was rarely a fair depiction of the farming and ranching life they so enjoy when it came to stories she might read to her own kids. So she…

Agriculture and Drones: The Future of Family Farming

BEAVER CREEK, M.N. – The sky is no longer the limit for family farmers. PricewaterhouseCoopers estimates the market for drone-powered solutions in agriculture at more than $32 billion, but how helpful are these drones? Peter Bakken of Beaver Creek, Minnesota fondly remembers when he got a not-so-typical phone call from the farmer next door. ” had a neighbor that was…

Davison County Fatal Crash Involved Two Vehicles And 6 Cattle

MITCHELL, S.D. – One male died and several others were injured Saturday night in a fatal crash east of Mitchell. The accident involved both vehicles and livestock. Names of the those involved have not yet been released pending notification of families. According to South Dakota Highway Patrol, a Dodge Durango was westbound on Interstate 90 near mile marker 333 when…

Cattle Costs Suffering Due To Drought

11 Percent Of South Dakota Is Considered Under "Extreme" Conditions

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The drought in South Dakota continues to get worse. Ninety-three percent of the state is currently in “abnormally dry” conditions, with eleven percent falling under the “extreme” category. With the harshest dry conditions in West River, Sioux Falls Regional Livestock owner David Minor said it’s having a residual effect on their auctions. “We’re getting extra numbers…

Seized Herd Of Cattle In Spink County To Be Sold By State

REDFIELD, S.D. (AP) – A herd of 75 neglected and starving cattle seized from an Ashton man’s property will be sold by the state. Spink County Sheriff Kevin Schurch tells the American News that livestock owner Rex Spear didn’t appear for a court hearing Monday to contest the move. Authorities seized the animals late last month and charged Spear with…

Eyes On Water As Drought Worsens

A Little More Than Ninety Percent Of South Dakota Under Dry Conditions

KIMBALL, S.D. — More than half of South Dakota is suffering from a moderate drought. A third is in severe conditions while four percent are facing extreme dryness. As conditions continue to worsen, water becomes more essential. Aurora-Brule Rural Water is the source for several communities livelihood: Pukwana, Kimball, White Lake, Stickney, Plankinton, Gann Valley and Aurora Center. Manager Wade…

Emergency CRP Grazing Authorized In The Dakotas And Montana

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has authorized emergency grazing on Conservation Reserve Program land in the Dakotas and Montana in response to drought. Perdue says that without alternative forage options, ranchers could be devastated economically. The emergency grazing is authorized to begin immediately, and extends through Sept. 30 unless conditions improve. Parts of all three states…

Drought Taking Toll On Farmers

U.S. Drought Monitor: More Than 200,000 South Dakotan Living In Drought Conditions

MILLER- S.D. — The U.S. Drought Monitor says as of Thursday, more than 200,000 South Dakotans are living in drought conditions. Governor Dennis Daugaard’s State Drought Task Force has been activated. The weather earlier this year proved helpful for farmers like J.D. Wangsness in Miller. He said it was a good start for calving and getting crops planted. However, the…

South Dakota Cattle Ranchers Lose Money In 2016

KIMBALL, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota ranchers who took part in a Mitchell Technical Institute program lost an average of $100 per cow last year, after earning an average profit of $150 per cow the year before. The Daily Republic reports the institute has 100 farms enrolled in its farm and ranch management program. Lori Tonak, an instructor at the…

Bovine Tuberculosis Found In South Dakota Beef Herd

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Officials confirm bovine tuberculosis has been found in a South Dakota beef herd. State Veterinarian Dustin Oedekoven says meat inspectors initially identified the suspect animals in February during routine slaughter inspection of otherwise healthy appearing cattle. The cattle were traced to a herd in Harding County. Testing of the herd revealed additional infected animals. Oedekoven says…

South Dakota Cattlemen’s Foundation “Prime Time Gala” Brings The Beef

The South Dakota Cattlemen’s Foundation is hosting its fourth annual Prime Time Gala to raise money to provide beef food-insecure families across the state. It’s part of an ongoing partnership the foundation has with Feeding South Dakota. In true cowboy fashion, it’s go big or go home, so the event is a huge country music concert along with a special…