farmers

New Projects Underway at Mitchell Corn Palace

MITCHELL, S.D.- The Corn Palace in Mitchell is often a busy place with around half a million visitors a year. The venue is getting a pretty good makeover right now, but crews are also facing similar issues hitting farmers.  One of the main reasons that people visit the corn palace is to see the murals. So crews are currently working…

Discussing Hemp in South Dakota at Dakotafest

MITCHELL, S.D.-South Dakota is one of three states that does not allow hemp production. However, it’s a crop that’s on the minds of many farmers. Throughout the state, discussions are being held about the plant, including during a panel at Dakotafest. The future of hemp is uncertain in South Dakota. So for now, farmers are discussing the challenges and opportunities…

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…

Taking Cookies and Conversation to the Fields

Volunteers fan out Tuesday to connect with farmers, offer support

How much can a smile, a show of support, and perhaps a few cookies do for farmers struggling under the weight of fields that have yet to be planted and a whole host of other ongoing issues that are affecting their livelihoods? Volunteers with the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce are about to find out. It may not sound…

Year-round Sale of E15 Increases Opportunities for Farmers and Ethanol Industry

  SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- More opportunities, that’s how several industries are feeling about the Trump administration lifting a summertime ban on gasoline mixed with 15 percent ethanol. Now, E15 can be sold year-round. The decision could help ease the burden being felt by farmers throughout the midwest. “The trade issue is real. We have grave concerns there, but at the…

South Dakota Farmers Brace for Further Impact of Floods

While many in the east may suffer losses, they understand it's nothing compared to some of their neighbors

The hits just keep coming for many in agriculture right now. Between the ongoing trade war, lower prices for commodities, livestock losses through a tough winter and now in many areas, historic levels of spring flooding, there is grave speculation there are a lot of family farms that may not survive this latest disaster. North and South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa…

Growing Hemp Could Be Advantage for Farmers

CENTERVILLE, S.D. — Governor Kristi Noem and lawmakers are clashing over legalizing industrial hemp in South Dakota. Hemp was legalized nationally with the 2018 Farm Bill, but now it’s up to the states to decide. “It is something that would be beneficial for us to be looking at,” says Craig Andersen a Centerville farmer. Andersen has been farming in Centerville since…

Pushing for 211, Better Mental Health Resources in Moody County

FLANDREAU, SD – “Being a lifelong member of this community and caring about this community, I just wanted to get involved and see if I could help in some small way,” said Todd Sanderson. Sanderson is among thirty local residents, pastors, ag business leaders, and neighbors that meet weekly to try and improve the mental health resources for local farmers, and…

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 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,…

South Dakotan Farmers Respond To New Tariffs

EMERY, S.D. – Tuesday is National AG day. Some farmers are sharing concerns over new tariffs the Trump Administration has proposed. That’s 25 percent on imported steel and 10 percent on imported aluminum. Scott Stahl is a third-generation farmer in Emery.  While he’s happy to be celebrating the birth of new baby calves , he’s also worried about the new tariffs. “What we don’t…

Farmers Behind On Harvest Season

LENNOX, S.D.- Farmers across the U.S. are celebrating National Farmers Day Thursday, but one thing that hasn’t been pleasant for many this year is the actual farming season. With the recent rain, corn and soybean harvests continue to fall behind last year’s numbers. “We haven’t harvested anything yet, so Thursday hopefully is our first day of harvest,” says Soybean and…

Syngenta Settles US Farmer Lawsuits In China Corn Trade Case

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Swiss agribusiness giant Syngenta has agreed to settle tens of thousands of U.S. lawsuits by farmers over the company’s rollout of a genetically engineered corn seed variety before China approved it for imports. Terms weren’t disclosed in the deal reached Tuesday. Syngenta began selling Viptera to U.S. farmers for the 2011 growing season. But China didn’t approve…

Recent Rain Provides Drought Relief

Statewide Drought Conditions Decreased Six Percent In The Last Week

MITCHELL, S.D. — South Dakota is feeling some relief thanks to some recent rain. The drought across the state is starting to improve. The most recent U.S. Drought Monitor reports that there was a six percent decrease in dry conditions. 91.8 percent of the state in under some form of drought condition, as opposed to 97.2 percent last week. Farmer…

MN Lifts Travel Restrictions To Help SD Farmers During Drought

Executive order in effect for the next two weeks

It’s now easier for Minnesota farmers and ranchers to lend a hand to those struggling in South Dakota and North Dakota during the drought. Governor Mark Dayton has issued an executive order making it easier for people to donate hay to ranchers and farmers across state lines.  Executive Order 17-05 lifts road and vehicle restrictions for Minnesota farmers and ranchers. …

Another Hot, Dry Week For South Dakota Farmers, Ranchers

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Crops continue to wither as drought bakes South Dakota. The federal Agriculture Department says hot and dry conditions persisted across South Dakota last week, with temperatures in the western part of the state averaging 4 to 10 degrees above normal. Only scattered rain fell. Topsoil moisture was nearly 80 percent short or very short. Crop…