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Hog inventory rises

SIOUX FALLS - South Dakota inventory of all hogs and pigs on June 1 was 1.32 million head, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. This was up 9 percent from June 1, 2014, and up 2 percent from March 1, 2015. Breeding hog inventory, at 170,000 head, was down 3 percent from June 1, 2014, but up 3 percent from last quarter. Market hog inventory, at 1…

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Crops making progress

SIOUX FALLS - For the week ending June 28, above average rainfall continued across much of west central and southwest South Dakota, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Rainfall totals of one inch or more were received in some western locations. Relatively dry conditions in the east allowed producers to continue haying and finish crop spraying. There…

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Farmers Union announces District III and VII camp dates

All youth ages 6-13 are invited to attend South Dakota Farmers Union's District III & VII Summer Camp scheduled for July 26-29 at Richmond Lake near Aberdeen. Farmers Union Districts III & VII include the Brookings, Clark, Codington/Hamlin, Day, Deuel/Grant, Kingsbury, Marshall, Roberts, Beadle, Brown, Campbell, Edmunds, Faulk, Hand, Hughes, Hyde, McPherson, Potter,…

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Potato grower transforms land into haven for pollinators

GREENSBORO, N.C., USA, June 29, 2015 –The biggest potato grower in the U.S. has planted the largest Operation Pollinator establishment in the country. R.D. Offutt Company, founded in 1964, has grown to include farming operations that produce more than 60,000 acres of potatoes annually. Its Minnesota farm group recently planted 600 acres with wildflower seeds, selected speci…

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SDSU Extension partners with new South Dakota Soil Health Coalition

BROOKINGS, S. D. - SDSU Extension has partnered with the recently launched South Dakota Soil Health Coalition (SHC). "Our state's number one industry is dependent upon soil health. It's the collective vision of the coalition to increase sustainable agriculture production through diversification and improved soil health," explained Sandy Smart, Professor & SDSU Extension…

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National Junior Angus Show attracts near-record numbers

The signs will be difficult to miss – the laughter of reunited friends, the aroma of cattle and hay, and the rumble of hooves coming off the trailer – as more than 750 Angus juniors from 36 states arrive at the 2015 National Junior Angus Show (NJAS) in Tulsa, Okla. Expo Square at the Tulsa State Fairgrounds will set the stage for what’s expected to be an NJAS for the record…

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Federal government to step up bird flu monitoring this fall

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The federal government announced plans on July 2 to step up monitoring wild birds for avian influenza this fall to provide an early warning of any resurgence of a disease that devastated poultry farms in the Upper Midwest. The U.S. Department of Agriculture issued a pair of plans aimed at minimizing the impacts on domestic poultry flocks if any bird flu v…

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American Gelbvieh Association National Convention to be held in Kansas City

American Gelbvieh Association (AGA) Board of Directors and staff would like to announce the 45th Annual AGA National Convention and Annual Meeting will be held in Kansas City, Missouri at the Embassy Suites Kansas City - International Airport hotel, December 10-12, 2015. This convention marks one of the first in recent history that will be a solitary event for members of th…

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Farm Bureau applauds Senate passage of Trade Bill

Huron, SD — The U.S. Senate's passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) is a positive move for American agriculture according to the South Dakota Farm Bureau, which is applauding TPA as a vitally important step forward into the world marketplace. "With ninety-five percent of the world's consumers living outside of U.S. borders, we live in a world where recognizing the impo…

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South Dakota Farm Bureau statement on state joining lawsuit against EPA

Huron, SD — The South Dakota Farm Bureau (SDFB) is voicing its support for the State of South Dakota's decision to join 12 other States in filing a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over the EPA's new rule defining "Waters of the U.S." under the Clean Water Act. Statement from Scott VanderWal, SDFB President: …

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Small-business savvy: Speak your customers' language

When working with customers, do you use your language or their language? No, the question isn’t about whether you use English or German or Spanish. The question actually is whether you talk about your product or service in terms of features instead of what the customer wants from the product or service. A simple question - “Why do people buy ¼-inch drill bits?” - can h…

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2015/2016 NFU National Youth Advisory Council elected

WASHINGTON – Six Farmers Union young adults have been elected by their peers to represent Farmers Union youth nationwide as the 2015/2016 National Youth Advisory Council (NYAC) to National Farmers Union (NFU). The elections took place at the 2015 NFU All-States Leadership Camp in Bailey, Colorado. “One of NFU’s priorities is to ensure the future of family farm agriculture a…

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Agriculture is theme for 125th anniversary of Catholic Diocese

The Catholic Diocese of Sioux Falls is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year with a final event in Sioux Falls Aug. 14-16. Regional celebrations are also being held around the Diocese, and last month St. Wilfrid's Catholic Church of Woonsocket played host to one of those. The event was planned and organized by members of area parishes. The theme for our celebrati…

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Let your creativity and skills shine at the SD State Fair

HURON, S.D. – Sew it. Grow it. Show it. Create it. Enter it! The Women’s Building has two fun competitions for South Dakotans to show their skills at. Let the cupcake wars begin! The Cupcake Creations Contest is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 3 from 12 pm – 2 pm at the Women’s Building Kitchen. Bring your crafty ideas and decorations to compete for prizes. One dozen cupcakes…

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