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N.D. farm group protests corporate farm ban exemption

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's biggest farm group said on March 27 it will campaign to put a constitutional amendment on the ballot to overturn the Legislature's decision to loosen the state's Depression-era ban against corporate farming. Mark Watne, president of the North Dakota Farmers Union, made the announcement before about 150 cheering farmers on snow-covered st…

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Alltech Research Alliance meeting identifies 6 ag issues to be addressed

BEIJING – Top agribusiness companies, research institutes and universities from nine countries met in Beijing, China, recently to review their current activities with the Alltech Research Alliance and left with six new agricultural production issues to tackle in the next year. The Alltech Research Alliance program was designed to stimulate multi-discipline teamwork, to prov…

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Is mob grazing for you?

Mob grazing is a “new” grazing technique that has been slowly sweeping Wisconsin and the upper-Midwest for the last decade. This technique attempts to simulate historical grazing patterns conducted by native herbivores with a range of domesticated livestock. While mob grazing is similar to rotational grazing, producers who implement this practice typically graze forage that…

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Bird flu is a reminder to practice good biosecurity

Since December 2014, there have been several highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) confirmations in migratory wild birds, back yard flocks, captive wild birds and commercial poultry in several states along the Pacific, Mississippi and Central Flyways. These HPAI virus strains can travel in wild birds without them appearing sick. In fact, if back yard poultry flocks are expose…

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SD Cattlemen's Association supports efforts to repeal estate tax

This week the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association (SDCA) participated in the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s Legislative Conference. While in Washington, D.C., SDCA President Todd Wilkinson had the opportunity to participate in the announcement of S.D. Senator John Thune’s death tax repeal amendment, the Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015.  Under current law, the death t…

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Area USDA hogs and pigs inventory reports

South Dakota SIOUX FALLS — South Dakota inventory of all hogs and pigs on March 1, 2015, was 1.28 million head, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. This was up 8 percent from March 1, 2014, and up 3 percent from December 1, 2014. Breeding hog inventory, at 165,000 head, was down 3 percent from March 1, 2014, but up 3 percent from last quar…

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Meehan joins NDSU Animal Sciences Department

Miranda Meehan has joined North Dakota State University’s Animal Sciences Department as the NDSU Extension Service’s first livestock environmental stewardship specialist. She will develop Extension programs and conduct applied research related to environmental stewardship f…

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Headed in the right direction: A Lamb Industry Roadmap update

It’s no secret that the lamb industry has been faced with a major challenge. There has been a long-term decline in U.S. consumption of American-produced lamb meat. An industry decision to be more intentionally proactive about this downward trend resulted in the adoption of …

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A pioneer railroad builder of South Dakota

Charles Prior put many towns in South Dakota on the map. Prior was an official in Minneapolis with the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railway Company, commonly known as the Milwaukee Road. His job was to decide where the new railroad tracks would go and make new towns along the railroad. Between 1880 and 1884, at least 23 towns in what would become South Dakota were plat…

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Important aspects of reduced-lignin alfalfa

Farm magazines are stressing the importance of reduced-lignin alfalfas and how they might benefit the farmer’s operation. However, more details are needed on how they perform in terms of yield and quality, particularly in different geographical regions of the US. Lignin in growing alfalfa Alfalfa forage yield is generally highest at full maturity. However forage qualit…

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USDA extends ARC and PLC deadlines

WASHINGTON – On March 27, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack provided farm owners and producers one additional week, until April 7, 2015, to choose between Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC), the safety-net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill. The final day to update yield history or reallocate base acres also will be April 7, 2015. "This is…

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Soil health events held across South Dakota can now be viewed on-line

The South Dakota No Till Association, in cooperation with the USDA-NRCS and SDSU Extension, hosted a number of soil health workshops and field days across South Dakota throughout 2013, 14 and 15. Four workshops or classroom style events were held during the winter of 2013-14 with two field days being held in the fall of 2014. Three workshops were held during the winter of 2014-1…

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ASA past president receives Siehl Prize for Production Agriculture

An ASA past president was recognized with a prestigious award this month for his work in production agriculture. Mike Yost, ASA president in 1998-99, is a Minnesota family farmer who received the Siehl Prize in Production Agriculture. The prize is awarded annually by the University of Minnesota’s College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences. Recipients are ch…

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BeefTalk: The big 60 means 60 percent calved in 21 days!

The big 60 means that 60 percent of the cows calved in the first 21 days of the calving season. That is achievable, doable and good. Sixty percent was the goal. The evaluation of the cattle business is ongoing, and producers always should take advantage of the quick and eas…

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