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The Farm Forum 50th Anniversary Road-Trip

What: Join our group of agriculture-minded people for a fun-filled journey trekking across Minnesota to Iowa in a luxurious 56-seat passenger bus. We’ll challenge you to enjoy yourself and win a few prizes on the way to our destinations. Click here to reserve your spot! Whe…

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South Daktoa ag official eyes FAA rules

The newest technology allows farmers to keep an eye in the sky, says the state's top ag official. South Dakota Agriculture Secretary Lucas Lentsch told the Press & Dakotan he sees great promise for the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) — also known as drones — or individual farming operations. "Excitement surrounds the potential use of UAVs in our state's agricultura…

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Mountain pine beetle spraying workshops to be held in the Black Hills

PIERRE — Three mountain pine beetle spraying workshops will be held in the Black Hills through April and May. The workshops, hosted by the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) and the U.S. Forest Service, will focus on the benefits and methods of treating trees to protect them from mountain pine beetles. All landowners, whether they intend to do the work themselves…

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Edmunds County 4-Hers clean road ditches

The Edmunds County 4-H Junior Leaders and the Wily Wizards 4-H Club teamed for a spring service project of cleaning ditches around Ipswich. Eleven members and six parents along with leaders Carole Curtis and Bonnie Nehlich headed the four directions from town and proceeded to pi…

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Rapid City Beef Crawl set for May 11

PIERRE — Enjoy tasty beef dishes and a tour of downtown Rapid City in the 2015 Rapid City Beef Crawl on May 11, 2015. Ag United for South Dakota and the South Dakota Beef Industry Council have teamed up to host this annual event. "Starting at 6 p.m., the Rapid City Beef Crawl will begin at the Firehouse Brewing Co. in downtown Rapid City," said Rebecca Christman, Ag United …

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Milbank student selected as SD State FFA vice president

At the 87th South Dakota FFA Convention, April 12-14, Kiera Leddy of the Milbank FFA Chapter was selected as the 2015-2016 South Dakota State FFA vice president. Leddy and rest of the State FFA officers will travel across the state throughout the next year presenting speeches, f…

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USDA confirms bird flu at 5th South Dakota turkey farm

SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Five commercial turkey farms in South Dakota have now been infected with a bird flu strain that's led to the deaths of more than 250,000 turkeys in the state and over 2.4 million birds in the Midwest. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service announced on April 17 that the H5N2 strain of avian influenza in a flock of …

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No. 1 egg-producing state aims to keep bird flu out

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The discovery of bird flu on an Iowa turkey farm has raised serious concerns that the poultry-killing virus could find its way into chicken barns in the nation's top egg-producing state and rapidly decimate flocks that provide the U.S. with its breakfast staple. Iowa is home to roughly 50 million hens that lay nearly one in every five eggs consumed i…

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Japan, US talks seeking compromise on farm, auto trade

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's top trade negotiator met with U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman on April 20, seeking to resolve differences on autos and farm exports that are hindering progress toward a Pacific Rim trade deal. Economy minister Akira Amari, Japan's top trade negotiator, sought to keep expectations low. "I expect the exchanges to be extremely severe," Amari …

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Wild horse advocates disagree on contraceptives for mustangs

RENO, Nev. (AP) — United in their belief wild horses should remain free to roam public rangeland across the West, groups working to protect the mustangs are increasingly at odds over whether contraception should play a role in the decades-old dispute over efforts to reign in the natural size of the herds. The American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign — made up of more than …

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High nitrate levels found in private MN wells

Tests of private well water in Dakota County, Minn., showed high levels of contaminants over the past two years. On average, 27 percent of the wells sampled in rural Dakota County communities contained nitrate that exceeded the safe drinking standard. "What we found there was quite disappointing in terms of water quality," said Jill Trescott, a Dakota County groundwate…

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Diversity in your 2015 toolbox, as always

“Today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.” Over the years I admit to taking our high school graduation class’s motto a bit too far sometimes, but I feel the dry conditions we’re experiencing have such merit. We received approximately .30” of greatly appreciated rainfall Saturday April 18th from a 100% chance of rain for 2 days. My how the air freshened though. When I o…

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SD Center for Farm/Ranch Management annual report: Part three

“All-time high market prices coupled with lower prices for corn, silage, and other feed commodities helped livestock producers realize excellent profit margins. Both hogs and cattle experienced an exceptional ride this past year,” stated Mitchell Technical Institute instructor Lori Tonak. This information is based on the enterprise analysis from the farmers and ranchers enrolled…

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The second half of the battle: Getting cows bred

BROOKINGS — Although calving season management is the primary concern for most spring-calving herds, that is only half the battle, explained Warren Rusche, SDSU Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist. "The cows still need to get re-bred (and early) if the ranch is going to be …

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