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Current commodity prices impact all of South Dakota

Spring fever hasn't spread among South Dakota's farmers as expected this planting season. Jeff Kippley attributes the atypical behavior to current commodity prices which are down about 65 percent from the last five-year average. "Normally, when you see a 70 degree day, guys…

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Cooperatives provide a local voice in a global world

As South Dakota Farmers Union celebrates its 100th year, we are taking a look back at our organization's roots and highlighting some of the milestones which make us who we are today. This article is the last in a series which focus on South Dakota Farmers Union's role in coopera…

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South Dakota Farmers Union celebrates Ries farm family

Celebrating a century of service to South Dakota's farm and ranch families, throughout 2015, South Dakota Farmers Union will highlight members who farm or ranch with their families each month. In April, South Dakota Farmers Union features the Ries family who operates a dairy far…

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Perspectives on alternative cow/calf production systems

BROOKINGS — Ranchers face two competing economic realities today, explained Warren Rusche, SDSU Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist. "The market is signaling for more calves while at the same time grazing resources required to produce these additional calves are very expensive or unavailable." He added that the current prospect of drier conditions and reduced grass growth, …

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Grassland fertilization Part 4: Native pasture - Case Study 3

Editor’s note: This is part four of six articles on grassland fertilization. Successive articles in this series will be printed in the Farm Forum, and all the articles are available at iGrow.org. Karla Hernandez, SDSU Extension Forages Field Specialist, and Sandy Smart, SDS…

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From birds to bison: Wildlife biologist takes 'wild' leap into buffalo ranching

Dan O'Brien is at home on the range. The 67-year-old wildlife biologist-turned-bison-rancher makes a living in the middle of nowhere, and he likes it that way. "I'm perfectly happy here," O'Brien said of his western South Dakota home, where buffalo really do roam. O'Brien and his wife Jill raise, process and sell meat from the buffalo herd that freely grazes their…

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Logistics to linguistics: Meet the people behind beef exports

Beef exports add well beyond $300 to the value of each head of cattle annually, but without people like Dan Chase, Liz Wunderlich and Alberto Diaz, that number might not be so high. Wunderlich and Diaz each work in their own ways to build demand for U.S. beef overseas. Chase makes sure it’s delivered. Anyone in charge of lining up supplies and help for weaning or shipp…

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ASA looks ahead as TPA bill emerges from House, Senate committees

WASHINGTON – Following the passage of a bill by the House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee that would grant trade promotion authority to President Barack Obama, the American Soybean Association (ASA) is calling on both chambers to pass the bill and give the administration what it needs to forge ahead with key trade agreements around the globe. “Agre…

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State provides tree planting assistance after tornado damage

WESSINGTON SPRINGS — In June 2014, Wessington Springs had significant tornado damage to many homes and businesses in their area as well as many of the town’s trees. In 2014, the South Dakota Department of Agriculture, Resource Conservation and Forestry Division (RCF) Urban Forestry program received $10,000 from the US Forest Service to fund replanting in communities that ha…

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SD State Fair seeks talent for Linton's AARP Centennial Stage Show

HURON – The South Dakota State Fair and South Dakota entertainer Sherwin Linton is looking for South Dakota entertainers of all genres and styles to be included in the 2015 State Fair Centennial Stage Shows. South Dakota entertainer Sherwin Linton has been a perennial favorite at the South Dakota State Fair since the early 1970s. Linton has been an advocate for South Dakota…

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SDBIC seeking nominations for 2015 Prime Promoter awards

PIERRE — The South Dakota Beef Industry Council (SDBIC) is seeking nominations for the 2015 Prime Promoter awards, which will be announced at the SDBIC annual meeting at 11:30 a.m. on September 26, 2015 at the South Dakota State University (SDSU) Student Union in conjunction with SDSU's Beef Bowl. Each year, the SDBIC recognizes the outstanding businesses, individuals and o…

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Area USDA cattle on feed reports

South Dakota cattle on feed up 4 percent SIOUX FALLS — South Dakota feedlots, with capacities of 1,000 or more head, contained 235,000 cattle on feed on April 1, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. This inventory was up 4 percent from last year. Placements during March totaled 33,000 head, down 21 percent from 2014. Fed cattle marketi…

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Partnerships with farmers and ranchers to address climate change

America’s farmers, ranchers and forest landowners understand the threats that a changing climate can have on their operations and on their bottom line. As the world warms, that warming triggers many other changes to the Earth’s climate, including an increase in extreme events. Over the last 50 years, much of the U.S. has seen increases in excessively high temperatures, heavy dow…

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USDA Rural Development invests $463.8 million in South Dakota's economy in fiscal year 2014

Huron – USDA Rural Development Acting State Director Bruce Jones announced recently that $463.8 million was invested in rural South Dakota communities from October 1, 2013 through September 30, 2014. As outlined in South Dakota’s 2014 Progress Report, the program funds assist housing, business and community development, water and waste water, energy, distance learning and teleme…

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Springtime vaccines: Tools to keep calves healthy through the summer

Branding time or pasture turnout time is a natural time point that lends itself well to working calves to prepare them for the summer ahead. These preparations typically include a vaccination protocol, meant to protect the animal against ailments they might encounter on summer pasture. A look into the display cooler of any food animal vet clinic will reveal a wide variety o…

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