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Ag Secretary Vilsack announces $235 million for conservation

Huron – On May 4 Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced an investment of up to $235 million to improve the nation's water quality, combat drought, enhance soil health, support wildlife habitat and protect agricultural viability. The funding is being made available through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP), the newest conservation tool of the USDA’s Natura…

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Volunteer firefighters receive grain bin rescue training

The Claremont Fire Department and Faulkton Fire Department received life-saving grain bin rescue equipment in April through a donation from Farm Credit Services of America (FCSAmerica). A grain bin rescue exercise followed the donation to train firefighters in the use of the spe…

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Time to clear away clutter.

What is important in our lives and where is our focus? In fields, there is leftover residue that is helpful in retaining moisture to help the growing seeds. In our yards and flower beds, we pull away the accumulated leaves to find new growth. Pheasants build nests along fence lines, the eggs a sign of chicks soon to hatch. Grasses are revitalized. We witness the strugg…

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Governor's Agricultural Summit to be held July 9-10 in Deadwood

PIERRE – The sixth annual South Dakota Governor’s Agricultural Summit hosted by the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) will be held on July 9 and 10 at the Lodge in Deadwood. Pre-registration is required at www.sdagsummit.com. “The Governor’s Ag Summit is an opportunity for producers, agribusiness leaders, legislators and other policy decision makers to hear and …

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Pierre in center of severe drought region; winter wheat suffering

Mark Venner farms 16 miles north of Pierre on the east side of the Missouri River, raising several kinds of wheat, corn and sunflowers as well as cattle, with a front-row seat on the driest first four months of the year on record. The Air Force veteran is right at ground zero, as it happens, to an area recently rated as in severe drought by the experts. “Every day we d…

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Jennie-O lays off 233 workers in Minnesota due to bird flu

FARIBAULT, Minn. (AP) — Jennie-O Turkey Store says it's laying off 233 employees at its processing plant in the southern Minnesota city of Faribault because of bird flu outbreaks that have cut the number of available turkeys. In a statement on May 5, the country's second-largest turkey processor said the Faribault plant will switch to a single shift for the foreseeable futu…

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Improved hybrids offer benefits for ethanol plants

Hybrids and agronomic practices have been developed to increase starch content in corn, making it beneficial for use in ethanol facilities. And, best of all, growers can capitalize on that increase to earn a premium. Chris Tingle, the head of marketing for Water and Enogen Optimization at Syngenta, explained in a phone interview that the company has patented seed that produ…

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Sweet Clover Special

Politicians had been campaigning from the caboose of trains for years. So why not promote new farm crops for South Dakota with a special train that would pause at whistle stops throughout eastern South Dakota? That’s a plan the Dakota Farmer newspaper out of Aberdeen sponsored, in conjunction with South Dakota State University and the state’s railroads in 1927. Th…

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2015 Nitrate Quick Test Trainings set for May 19 and 22

BROOKINGS — 2015 Nitrate Quick Test Trainings held May 19 & 22 throughout South Dakota. Weather patterns could suggest that this might be a dry year similar to the one we experienced in 2012. With this in mind Karla Hernandez, SDSU Extension Forages Field Specialist said cattle producers need to begin thinking about the risk of nitrates in feed supplies and how it will affec…

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SDSU Jackrabbit Dairy Camp set for June 4-6

BROOKINGS — South Dakota State University Jackrabbit Dairy Camp will host a three-day workshop for youth wanting to learn about the dairy industry June 4-6, 2015 on the campus of SDSU in Brookings, S.D. The SDSU Dairy Club sponsors this event for youth between the ages 8 to 18 who want to enhance their dairy cattle skills and learn about the dairy industry. Participant…

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SDSU Extension hosts regional youth dairy cattle judging schools

BROOKINGS — SDSU Extension hosts Regional youth Dairy Cattle Judging Schools throughout the state beginning May 27, 2015 for youth looking to sharpen their skills in Dairy Judging. Participants at these schools will learn to identify basic dairy cattle parts and correct structure, evaluate and rank cattle based on the Dairy Cow Unified Scorecard and will learn skills used s…

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Diagnosing grassland drought conditions

BROOKINGS — This spring may have provided the perfect weather for calving, however the lack of moisture out on the range has cattle producers worried about forage production this growing season, explained Pete Bauman, SDSU Extension Range Field Specialist. "A rancher told me the other day, 'if calving goes well, expect the pastures not to look so good.' There is a lot of tr…

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Crop progress and pasture conditions

South Dakota SIOUX FALLS – For the week ending May 3, 2015, above normal temperatures and minimal precipitation dominated the weather pattern throughout most of the State, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Statewide, there were 6.5 days suitable for fieldwork. Topsoil moisture supplies rated 32 percent very short, 42 short, 26 adequate, and 0…

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Applications now being accepted for the SD Farm and Ranch Recognition Program

HURON – Applications are currently being accepted for the South Dakota Farm & Ranch Recognition program. Farm and ranch families who have enjoyed ownership of their South Dakota farm or ranch for 100 or 125 years have the opportunity to apply and be honored on Thursday, Sept. 3, during the South Dakota State Fair in Huron. Agriculture has long been the foundation of Sou…

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North Dakota 4-H Foundation announces 2015 scholarship recipients

The North Dakota 4-H Foundation has awarded 10 scholarships to 4-H members. The scholarships and recipients are: • Eleanor R. Schultz Memorial Scholarship ($300) - Hannah Nordby, Slope County • Jerome Striegel Memorial Scholarship ($150) - Abby Zikmund, Walsh County

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