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Working with your lender

In agriculture business today, we work with a huge amount of financial responsibilities. Frequently, producers do not look forward to the need to see their local lender or lending institution. Why is that the case? Probably because lenders require us to provide detailed financial information in order to borrow money. I’m going explain some of these requirements and why lenders n…

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Ancestral investigations

Who do you think you are? I mean besides your name, address and underwear size? Whatever you think the answer might be, you’re probably wrong. At least that’s what my wife and I discovered when we decided, just for the fun of it, to do a little digging into our ancestry. We each took a DNA test that involved spitting into a tiny receptacle. Finally! A test that makes u…

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Cover crop tour set for Sept. 10 near Bison

Have you been interested in trying cover crops, but don’t know what to plant? You are invited to attend the Cover Crop Tour sponsored by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Plant Materials Center, (PMC) and the Perkins County Conservation District. It will be held Sept. 10 at 1 p.m. The location of the tour is 8 miles east of Bison, S.D., or 6 1/4 miles west of Me…

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Judge rules Obama administration water rule should be halted

BISMARCK, N.D. — A federal judge in North Dakota on Aug. 27 blocked a new Obama administration rule that would give the federal government jurisdiction over some smaller waterways just hours before it was set to go into effect. U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson in Fargo issued a temporary injunction requested by North Dakota and 12 other states halting the U.S. Environment…

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Horse riding program teaches sport of kings to at-risk youth

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Carmen Sharpe doesn't let her children play outside their home in a dangerous, gritty section of Philadelphia she refers to as "The Badlands." So her 9-year-old daughter Marisol Jimenez cherishes the periodic escapes she gets through Work to Ride, a nonprofit program that helps at-risk children become equestrians. "You don't see a lot of kids from t…

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American Pharoah still front and center on racing's stage

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) — Horse racing hasn't had it this good in years. It isn't hard to figure out why. "People like to see greatness and they know American Pharoah's got the goods," said Howard Sudberry, the marketing director at Arlington Park. "They also know they won't get many more chances to see him." Even if the fans are just seeing him on TV.

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Toronto Tractor Pull Aug. 22 results

5000# Stock Class 1. Jess Jordahl – Ivanhoe, MN, Farmall H, 157.35’ 5000# V8 1. Doug Jerzak – Ivanhoe, MN, Farmall Super M V8, 292.41’

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Get to know the 2015 SDSU Eminent Farmer/Rancher and Homemaker honorees

BROOKINGS — South Dakota State University Colleges of Agriculture and Biological Sciences and Education and Human Sciences celebrate four individuals for their contributions to South Dakota's communities and agriculture industry with the Eminent Farmer/Rancher and Eminent Homema…

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Expanded bridge program ready to aid local needs

PIERRE — The South Dakota Transportation Commission adopted rules on Aug. 27 for South Dakota’s expanded program to help counties, townships and cities repair and replace road bridges. The Legislature earmarked $7 million from license plate fees. That is in addition to $6 million available from federal funding and $2 million from the commission. The commission will con…

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ND regulator: Industry unlikely to meet flaring target

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota's oil industry likely won't meet a Jan. 1 target set by new self-imposed rules that require reducing the amount of natural gas burned off as a byproduct of oil production, the state's top energy regulator said on August 26. Problems with federal permits, land access permission for planned pipelines, stalled processing plants and increased …

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USDA to approve Simplot's genetically engineered potato

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved a potato genetically engineered by Idaho-based J.R. Simplot Co. to resist the pathogen that caused the Irish potato famine and that still damages crops around the world. "For historical reasons and current agriculture reasons, this is an important milestone," said Haven Baker, vice president of plant scienc…

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Seed diversity critical, needs more funding

Baltimore – Today’s farmers face a variety of challenges, from drought to pests to maintaining profitability. Addressing these challenges, and securing a more sustainable agriculture system, starts with a critical and often overlooked component: seeds. The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) fact sheet (http://bit.ly/1JBHn8U), released at the Ecological Society of America a…

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Grain drying research guides farmers in harvest and winter storage plans

AMES, Iowa – As harvest approaches, propane is a key ingredient for anyone using a high-temperature system to dry corn. A case study conducted by Mark Hanna, agricultural and biosystems engineering specialist for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, can help farmers as they plan for harvest and winter storage. “Considering that propane makes up such a large proport…

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Drainage and cover crop field day set for Sept. 10 near Woolstock, Iowa

AMES, Iowa — Iowa Learning Farms and Practical Farmers of Iowa are hosting a field day on Thursday, Sept. 10, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Arliss Nielsen farm, rural Woolstock, Iowa. Also sponsoring the field day are the Iowa Soybean Association and the Boone River Watershed Water Quality Initiative. The field day will focus on the topics of drainage water management and cove…

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Schedule announced for Farm Bureau Dakotaland Stage

Huron, SD — For the second year, the South Dakota Farm Bureau Federation and Farm Bureau Financial Services are teaming up to sponsor the "Farm Bureau Dakotaland Stage" at the State Fair, offering a full lineup of excellent programs and sessions. Farm Bureau is pleased to present the following schedule for this free stage: Thursday, Sept. 3 10:00 a.m. - South Dakota Ce…

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