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Community Reaches Out to Local Farmers

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-Between the wet weather and a trade war, it’s been a stressful year for farmers. To show some support, the Agri-business Division of the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce held a farmer outreach event. Around 20 volunteers brought snacks and water to Sioux Falls area farmers. They wanted to brighten farmers days and bring some words of…

Helpline Center Offering Support To Farmers   

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-The suicide rate among farmers, especially in rural areas continues to grow across the nation. This year has been especially tough on farmers between trade wars, tariffs, and weeks of bad weather. It’s left many feeling tired, worn out and angry. Staff at the Helpline Center want to remind farmers who are struggling that it’s okay to “check…

Senator Thune Discusses Farm Bill

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-On Friday Senator John Thune was in Sioux Falls to talk about the federal farm bill that was just passed by Congress. He met with some of the agricultural organizations that had a lot of input in shaping the bill in the first place. Senator Thune thanked several AG organizations from corn growers to dairy farmers for their…

South Dakota Farmers Feeling Optimistic After Congress Passes Farm Bill

S.D.-Many area farmers are feeling optimistic about an $867 billion federal farm bill. It was passed by Congress on Dec. 12th. “It’s not perfect, but we’re certainly happy with it,” said Lisa Richardson, Executive Director of the South Dakota Corn Growers Association. Farmers got hit hard this year by tariffs due to the trade war with China. This bill will…

A Passion for Picking Corn by Hand

FLANDREAU, S.D- People from all over South Dakota and surrounding states gathered in Flandreau this weekend to take part in an age old farming activity. Before farm machinery, farmers had to pick corn by hand. Every year people relive that history, by seeing how many ears of corn they can pick in a race against the clock. “It use to…

South Dakota Farmers Applaud Trump’s Decision to Lift Summer Ban on E15

SALEM, S.D.-  It’s been a tough year for farmers economically. “We have a surplus and with the trade wars going on we need to find another outlet for our corn,” said Kurt Stiefvater, a Salem Farmer. However, Salem Farmer, Kurt Stiefvater is one of many farmers in South Dakota who are feeling hopeful. Especially after President Trump announced his plan…

Car Vs. Wildlife Crashes Increase During Fall Season

S.D.-Last week a Sioux Falls man died after swerving to avoid a deer in the road. Unfortunately this is a dangerous time of year for drivers because a lot of wildlife is moving around. It’s now harvest season, but you might as well say it’s deer season as well. According to data from the South Dakota Highway Patrol, the most…

Pipestone Discovery Brings Farming to the Sioux Empire Fair

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- South Dakota is an ag based state, but not everyone is used to the farm life. One company wants to change that, so they’ve set up a barn at the Sioux Empire Fair. The Pipestone Discovery Barn lets people pet and interact with farm animals. They can also ask farmers questions. People can also virtually experience a…

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…

South Dakota AG Community: Critics of Trade War & Bailout Plan

The president announced Tuesday, July 25th, a $12 billion plan to pay farmers for their losses and find new global markets.   However, some in South Dakota’s ag industry say a bailout won’t stop the damaging domino effect of the trade war with China. “It’s kind of a poor bandaid to put on for the time being,” said Scott Stahl,…

Flooding Causes Issues for Residents in Rock Rapids

ROCK RAPIDS, IA- In northwest Iowa, Lyon county has received the brunt of the rainfall with the city of Rock Rapids experiencing the serious flooding. They’ve received almost five inches of rain within the past 48 hours. Parks and farmland were submerged in water due to flooding from the rock river. It rose more than 18 inches barely missing major…

New Horse-drawn Museum Opens in Volga

VOLGA S.D.- A farmer from Brookings County had a passion for the old ways of farming, with horse-drawn machinery. His dream was to build a place to showcase the old tools that he worked hard to preserve.  He died in 2015, but a museum with his machinery did open today in Volga, in his name, so that his legacy could…

Farming Through Prolonged Winter

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. –  When winter weather lingers around, many of us grumble. However, for farmers in our region the prolonged cold can be devastating. KDLT’s Simon Floss and Photojournalist Grant Sweeter took a trip to John Hemmers farm in Moody County for a first hand look at how the unusually long lasting cold affects their day to day operations….

Parker Couple Sells Mower Parts Around The World

Someone You Should Know

Customers all over the world depend on a couple who live on a farm southwest of Parker. It’s not what they grow, it’s what they collect. You see, they have a thriving business selling used lawn mower parts called Dakota Outdoor Power Equipment. It is a business so unique; we think they are Someone You Should Know. At a farm…

South Dakota Farmers Union in Washington, D.C.

KDLT News Exclusive Coverage

Our coverage continues from Washington DC this week as we explore legislation that will influence Ag producers. We are talking with some of the top officials including the U.S. Agriculture Secretary. KDLT’s Jack Eble wrapped up the first full day of work in Washington, D.C. as he joined the South Dakota Farmers Union as they made their first couple stops….

Survey: Keepers Experience Lowest Winter Honeybee Losses In More Than A Decade

More Work To Do According To Adee Honey Farms: 'We're still losing six-fold higher that what was our baseline for decades."

For nearly two decades, the Honeybee population across the nation has been on the decline. However, there is some positive buzz among beekeepers as they experienced their lowest losses this past winter in more than a decade. But as KDLT’s Jill Johnson explains, they’re not exactly celebrating. “Some people don’t like Dandelions, but I think they’re the coolest plant. The…