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Tractor Plowing contest Aug. 22 near Tea

The South Dakota Tractor Plowing Contest will be Saturday, Aug. 22, at the LeRoy Fett Farm, located two miles south and one east of Tea at the corner of 274th Street and 470th Avenue. Spectators are encouraged to check out the interesting antique tractor and horse plowing demonstrations. At 9 a.m., the small plow contest will begin followed by the antique contest at 11 a.m.…

| Aglife, Family
West Nile virus information available at website

BROOKINGS — The public and health officials just got a new tool to monitor West Nile virus— mosquito.sdstate.edu. The Mosquito Information System website features weekly updates on West Nile virus infections in humans and mosquitoes in South Dakota and risk maps. According …

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South Dakota Farmers Union celebrates the Reis Ranch 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. For the months of July & August, South Dakota Farmers Union features the Reis fami…

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4-H members raising money for new State Exhibit Hall

Brown County 4-H members invite everyone to participate in upcoming fundraisers at the Brown County Fair as part of a statewide 4-H effort. 4-H members have teamed up with the South Dakota State Fair Foundation embarking on an important venture to replace its largest non-animal …

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Application deadline for South Dakota Farm & Ranch Recognition Program approaching

PIERRE, S.D. – The deadline is quickly approaching to apply for the South Dakota Farm & Ranch Recognition Program. The South Dakota Farm & Ranch Recognition Program recognizes families who have run operations for 100 or 125 consecutive years. The application deadline is Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015. To receive recognition as a South Dakota Century Farm or Ranch, a family…

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To save bees, some states take aim at pesticides

WASHINGTON — The orange groves in Fort Myers, Fla., have turned to poison for David Mendes' honeybees. The onetime winter havens for bees have been treated with a popular pesticide that he says kills his livelihood. States and the federal government are searching for ways to protect managed bees like Mendes' and their wild counterparts. The White House issued a strategy in …

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Judge: Idaho's anti-dairy spying law is unconstitutional

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A federal judge ruled on Aug. 3 that Idaho's law banning secret filming of animal abuse at agricultural facilities is unconstitutional, giving animal rights activists across the country hope that the decision will pave the way to overturn similar laws in other states. U.S. Judge Court Judge B. Lynn Winmill found that the law violates the First Amendment.…

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Group wants North Dakota ranch to be national monument

MEDORA, N.D. (AP) — The National Trust for Historic Preservation is pushing to turn a scenic ranch in the western North Dakota Badlands into a national monument. However, the idea isn't yet being actively supported by the U.S. Forest Service, which owns the former Eberts ranch. The 8-square-mile ranch in the Little Missouri National Grasslands is across the Little Miss…

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Judge: Owner of ND vegetable plant must serve time in prison

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The owner of a North Dakota vegetable processing plant who was convicted of recruiting and hiring illegal workers must serve time in custody despite a joint sentencing recommendation calling for no prison time, a judge said on Aug. 3. Monte Benz pleaded guilty in April to one count of harboring illegal workers who were employed at his KIDCO Farms plant ne…

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What if a mustard seed could make jet fuel?

Right now they are growing under friendly blue skies, but soon they'll be flying them, too. At least six thousand acres in western North Dakota and eastern Montana have been contracted by Canadian seed producer Agrisoma Biosciences to grow Brassica carinata, a type of mustard whose tiny seeds are crushed to produce jet fuel. The company hopes farmers in the MonDak will like…

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Dart guns useful but no substitute for doing the right thing

Technology has been slow to creep into food animal health. Yes, companies occasionally come up with new antibiotics or tweak vaccines, but the methods we use to get those products into the animal haven’t substantially changed for decades. The needle and syringe that I use (and my dad and grandpa before me) seem antique in comparison to the precision farming practiced by our crop…

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New Clean Power Plan aims to tackle climate change, gets mixed reviews

The Obama Administration is moving forward with a plan to dramatically change the way electricity is produced in this country as part of an “historic effort to address climate change,” but critics of the “Clean Power Plan” are already charging that the plan will increase electrical costs and force some coal-fired plants in Rural America to shut down. First outlined in 2014 …

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August climate update

BROOKINGS — Throughout July 2015 conditions were quite variable across South Dakota, said Dennis Todey, South Dakota State Climatologist & SDSU Extension Climate Specialist. "Early July started off fairly cool across the state," said Todey, explaining that warmer temper…

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USDA NASS begins project to gather conservation data nationwide

Sioux Falls – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is contacting farmers and ranchers from now through August as part of a national survey of conservation practices. During the first phase of the National Resources Inventory (NRI) – Conservation Effects Assessment Project (CEAP), NASS will contact approximately 24,000 farmers …

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Crop progress and pasture conditions

South Dakota SIOUX FALLS — For the week ending August 2, 2015, rainfall, averaging up to one inch, was received over much of the State, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. The southwest saw cooler than normal temperatures, while the rest of the State experienced near normal temperatures. Activities included harvesting small grains, cutting hay,…

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