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Farming During a Government Shutdown

S.D.-It’s the 20th day of the partial government shutdown and many people across the US are feeling the effects. Kdlt’s Miranda Paige checks in with some South Dakota farmers to see how the shutdown is impacting them. This is not the first government shutdown former South Dakota Secretary of Ag. and 4th generation farmer Walt Bones has been through. He…

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…

As Tariffs Take Their Toll, Family Farmers Apply for Relief Money

LAKE BENTON, M.N.  – The trade war continues. Tit-for-tat tariffs mean farmers may pay the price. The USDA hopes a $12 billion program will help. However, some farmers say it won’t make a big enough difference, and others have to wait a little longer for that much-needed check. Shane Odegaard, a Lake Preston, S.D. farmer, is all about family. Farming…

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…

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…

“Healthy” Foods Aren’t Always What They Seem

Great advertising can cause fear in the grocery aisles, where it counts to look for certain claims

Know what you’re really spending money on, is the message Charlotte Rommereim wants consumers to know. For those who spend extra to make sure food is without added chemicals or growth hormones, often labeling can be misleading as many foods already prohibit the additives. Rommereim spoke with KDLT on behalf of South Dakota Soybean Research and Promotion Council and the…