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Care for America's aging population not top priority

During a recent visit to Copenhagen, I squeezed in a visit with city officials to learn more about the Danish health system, particularly the country’s arrangements for longterm care, a topic that draws endless complaints from American families, including many readers of this co…

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Diverse insect population means fewer pests in cornfields

BROOKINGS — Cornfields with a more diverse insect population have fewer problems with pests, according to a study done by U.S. Department of Agriculture agroecologist Jonathan Lundgren and South Dakota State University economics professor Scott Fausti. The two-year project …

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USCA encourages national adoption of 13-state EPA WOTUS injunction

The United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) supports the request to apply the injunction against adoption of the changes to the EPA’s Waters of the US Rule on a national scale. Currently, due to a successful ruling in the federal District Court in North Dakota, 13 states are not required to implement the proposed changes. The same restrictions are now being considered for a…

| Horses
All American Saddle Club Aug. 23 open point show results

All American Saddle Club held their final open point horse show on August 23, 2015, at the Day County Fairgrounds Horse Arena in Webster, SD. The show was judged by Brad Stolsmark of Pierpont, S.D. more information contact Jessie Wik at 605.880.5522 or email jessie023@hotmail.co…

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Hot, dry conditions create high fire danger in SD

RAPID CITY, S.D. – Abundant summer rainfall has created heavy grass fuel loadings across the state and these grass fuels are starting to cure with hotter weather. Very hot weather is forecasted across the state in the next 48 hours and the Division of Wildland Fire is asking everyone to be careful with vehicle and equipment use in grassy areas for this time period and the upcomi…

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BROOKINGS, S.D. - The month of September is more likely to be wetter than average in South Dakota, according to the updated National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Aug. 31, 2015 climate outlook. "This revision to the forecast for September is a bit of a change fr…

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NFU praises FAA for addressing challenges and promises offered by drones

WASHINGTON – On September 2, National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson praised the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for its efforts to address the challenges and promises offered by Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), or drones, operating in the U.S. The administration today selected two individuals to executive-level positions to guide the agency’s integration of U…

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Register by Sept. 25, 2015 for 2015 South Dakota 4-H Teens As Teachers training

BROOKINGS, S.D. - "While we teach, we learn." - Seneca, Roman Philosopher As the above quote suggests, often the best way to fully understand a concept is by teaching it to someone else, explained Karelyn Farrand, SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Character Education Field Specialis…

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Nine eastern SD 4-H members take top speaking honors

BROOKINGS, S.D. - 4-H members from Codington, Grant, Lincoln, Miner and Roberts Counties took top honors in the twelfth annual S.D. 4-H Character Public Speaking Contest. Thirty, 4-H youth from 12 eastern South Dakota counties participated in the contest, held August 5, 201…

| Livestock
Feeding damaged wheat to cattle

BROOKINGS, S.D. - Recent rains caused delays in completing the wheat harvest leading to reports of damaged wheat, particularly in the northern areas of South Dakota. If the damage levels are high enough, the wheat can be unmarketable through regular channels. Feeding damaged wheat to cattle can be a way to salvage the crop. If cattle producers are thinking about feeding the…

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Wilbur-Ellis goes pink for breast cancer awareness

CHESTER, S.D. – This past year, proceeds of pink-dyed soybeans treated and sold to Wilbur-Ellis seed customers in Chester, South Dakota, went to two local hospitals, Edith Sanford Breast Foundation and Avera McKennan Foundation, in Sioux Falls. Both hospitals received a combined total of $10,000 to further conduct breast cancer research and awareness. “To distinguish betwee…

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Women involved in Agriculture Wanted in Eagle Butte

BROOKINGS, S.D. - SDSU Extension will host Annie's Project in Eagle Butte beginning Oct. 7, 2015. Class registration is due by Oct. 2. "If you're a woman involved in the agriculture industry, then Annie's Project may be the program for you," said Robin Salverson, SDSU Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist. Have you ever asked a farm/ranch management question and not unde…

| Livestock
Blue-green algae and livestock

BROOKINGS, S.D. - Recently there have been concerns about algae blooms on stock dams. The predominant question is 'Do I need to be concerned about my livestock?' The answer is maybe, said Adele Harty, SDSU Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist. "With the recent warmer temperatures, the conditions are right for blue-green algae blooms," she said. "The different species of…

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USDA awards energy funding to 31 South Dakota recipients

Huron – Thirty-one South Dakota applicants have been selected to receive $940,880 in grants from USDA Rural Development through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). Funds will be used to install renewable energy systems and make energy efficiency improvements that will promote energy conservation. “These projects will assist the state’s rural economy by reducing ene…

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How the U.S. pork industry can make an additional $250 million

Shoreview, Minn. – It’s not news that keeping sows in the herd longer is a smart strategy. Not only have older sows covered their investment costs, they have a greater capacity to produce larger litters with heavier weaning weights. But how can an additional litter impact the in…

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