Livestock

Spring Trial Set For Ashton Man In Animal Abuse Case

REDFIELD, S.D. (AP) – An Ashton man accused of starving livestock has been scheduled for trial next spring. Sixty-three-year-old Rex Spear was charged with felony animal abuse and misdemeanor animal neglect after four dead cows were found on his property in June. Authorities believe the cows died from lack of food and water. Authorities seized 75 cattle and a horse…

Concerns Arise With Possible Regulation Changes To CAFO’s

MINNEHAHA, Co. – Policies may change for farmers who build indoor livestock operations in Minnehaha County. Tuesday, commissioners are expected to vote on the distance between these operations and other buildings, like where you work, or worship. The proposal is concerning a grassroots conservation group that claims these livestock farms are harmful to people’s health. It’s a lengthy name: concentrated…

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. …

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…

USDA Expands Emergency Grazing In North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture is providing additional assistance for livestock producers dealing with the ongoing drought across North Dakota. The USDA has expanded emergency grazing on land enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program to much of the state, including those counties where drought conditions are moderate. The agency says the authorization includes any county in…

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…

Farmers going “Hydrogreen”

RENNER, SD – Many farmers may be burdened by the cost of harvesting livestock feed. Owner/CEO of Hydrogreen Global Technologies, Dihl Grohs said, “The economics of having this system versus real estate and equipment is huge. We gotta feed the world and this is one way to take the pressure off of crop land for human consumption.” This, is Hydrogreen. …

South Dakota Livestock In Good Shape After January Storm

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota livestock appear to be in fairly good shape despite some rough weather in January, particularly in the south. The Agriculture Department says in its monthly crop report that a large storm with heavy snow late in the month created difficult conditions for ranchers in southern areas, and there also was blowing and drifting…

Sioux Empire Farm Show Kicks Off

Sioux Falls Chamber Of Commerce Expects Around 30,000 People To Visit

Sioux Falls is once again welcoming the 64th annual Sioux Empire Farm Show this week. The Sioux Falls Fairgrounds will host the livestock portion of the show The Denny Sanford Premier Center, Sioux Falls Convention Center and Sioux Falls Arena will focus on crop farming. Show Manager Cindy Christensen said the show is projected to generate $2.5 million for the…

USDA Announces Stricter Animal Welfare Rules For Eggs, Meat

WASHINGTON (AP) – Organic meat and egg producers will have to abide by stricter animal welfare standards under a new rule announced by the Agriculture Department. The rule announced Wednesday is a victory for animal rights groups two days before President Barack Obama leaves office. The regulations will ensure that organically grown livestock have enough space to lie down, turn…

USDA Rules Aim To Protect Livestock, Poultry Producers

WASHINGTON  – With a little more than a month left in the Obama administration, the Agriculture Department is announcing new rules aimed at protecting the rights of livestock and poultry producers who do business with larger companies. The administration first proposed similar rules in 2010, but abandoned them after Congress blocked funds for them. Congress lifted that ban in a…