I had a meeting approaching in just minutes while I was at work, and my stomach alerted me that it wanted food.
FLANDREAU, S.D. – On Dec. 12, U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development South Dakota State Director Julie Gross announced USDA has invested $9.5 million in high-speed broadband infrastructure that will create or improve e-Connectivity for more than 1,750 homes in rural South Dakota. T…
PIERRE — Townships are struggling with budget constraints and other pressures to maintain their roadways and right-of-ways in rural South Dakota, which is why representatives from the South Dakota Association of Towns and Townships are calling for help.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Recognizing the high levels of stress affecting America’s farmers and ranchers, Farm Credit, American Farm Bureau Federation and National Farmers Union have partnered on a program to train individuals who interact with farmers and ranchers to recognize signs of stress and …
Standing before a crowd of farmers and ranchers attending the South Dakota Farmers Union (SDFU) State Convention, Karl Oehlke made a simple request. “Stand up, find a partner, turn and look them in the eye.”
Stressors specific to the agriculture industry and helping farm and ranch youth will be the focus of a workshop that North Dakota State University Extension, Eyes on the Horizon and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture are teaming up to hold from 1 to 4 p.m. Central time Jan. 16, 2020.
Providing sought-after genetics to those in the industry, a farm near Bath concentrates on selling show pigs and swine breeding stock to 4-Hers and FFA plus breeders throughout the United States.
Local farmers were given an in-depth look at hemp production this week at the South Dakota Farmers Union annual convention.
SIOUX FALLS — Farmers don’t want to get help for their mental health from the internet or phone hotlines, new research shows. Instead, face-to-face conversations are what matters most, with family, friends and others, recent research indicates.
My little sister gave birth to her second daughter on Nov. 22. They named her Emma Evangeline — Evangeline for our Gramma Edith’s middle name.
As medical schools across the United States have expanded to meet the needs of an aging population, the number of post-graduate training positions — commonly known as residency programs — has not kept pace with the increasing number of medical school graduates.
“Well, this would make a good introduction to your column,” my husband said.
BROOKINGS, S.D. — The SDSU Extension Annie’s Project is a program designed to empower women in agriculture by providing detailed farm and ranch management information and networking opportunities. The 2020 program will begin on Jan. 7 in Clark.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of Americans who rely on the federal food stamp program will lose their benefits under a new Trump administration rule that will tighten work requirements for recipients.
North Dakota State University Extension again will host the Field to Fork “Wednesday Webinar” series starting in February 2020.
A rancher with a big heart and talented hands relaxes by crafting toy models of ranch equipment at his shop near Forbes, N.D.
ASHLEY, N.D. — The journey that led to Rebecca Bender co-writing a book on Jewish homesteaders who came in the early 1900s to southeast North Dakota started in 2013 when her then-15-year-old son asked questions about their ancestors.
“I’ve bought and wrapped gifts for myself,” one of the meeting attendees said.
BROOKINGS — The South Dakota 4-H Youth Development Program donated 8,413 pairs of shoes over the span of one year during their statewide community service project to the Soles4Souls non-profit organization.
BROOKINGS, S.D. — SDSU Extension will host the Power of Women as AgVocates Conference on Jan. 10 — 11, at the Arrowhead Cedar Shore Resort and Conference Center in Oacoma. The theme of the conference is “The Power of Advocating: Estate and Transition Planning – The Difficult Conversations.”
HURON, S.D. – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development South Dakota State Director Julie Gross today announced that USDA is investing $1,664,940 for five projects in rural communities. USDA is providing the funding through the Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) grant pro…
AMES, Iowa – Passing a farm operation to the next generation is usually one of the biggest and most challenging decisions farm families will ever make.
HURON, S.D. – On Nov. 19 U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development South Dakota State Director Julie Gross announced that WEB Water Development Association, Inc., the City of Wagner, and the City of Bowdle have been awarded combined federal funding of $24,368,000 to improve com…
How in the world do you get away from the stresses of farming this year?
Rural America isn’t quite what it used to be, a new government study finds.
Correction: This story has been updated to reflect that the Britton elevator dried only a portion of the Zuehlke harvest for free. We apologize for the error.
HURON, S.D. — In the smaller towns of South Dakota, residents wear a lot of hats. Your neighbor may be a farmer, a business owner, school board member or volunteer firefighter, all at once. The importance of community is just one of the many takeaways from South Dakota Junior Rural Economic …
Julie Garden-Robinson, North Dakota State University Extension food and nutrition specialist, has been awarded the 2019 Outstanding Engagement Award for her work.
Meet Bo Fox, of Monona County, Iowa, who is working with USDA to efficiently graze his 100-head cow and calf herd and help improve soil health on his farm. Bo farms with his son, Jake, in western Iowa’s Loess Hills.
HAWARDEN, Iowa, Nov. 15, 2019 – On Nov. 15 U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation Bill Northey announced USDA has invested $7.2 million in high-speed broadband infrastructure that will create or improve rural e-Connectivity for rural househ…
WATFORD CITY, N.D. — It’s fall. Shipping season.
Women have an opportunity to learn how to become better business partners in their farm or ranch operation during North Dakota State University Extension’s Inspired by Annie’s Project: Women’s Marketing Seminar, which will be held Dec. 6 at NDSU’s Richard H. Barry Hall in Fargo.
A number of years back, before I had kids and possibly before I was married, a lady at Faith Evangelical Church in Crystal Springs, N.D., asked me if I would be able to come help out at a kuchen baking fundraising for a team raising money to go on a mission trip. The church sends out such te…
“I’m kind of a germophobe,” the woman said. “Do you want a sanitizing wipe?”
A red barn southwest of Groton beckons shoppers with its focus on farm-house décor.
The hard work of hundreds of 4-Hers is celebrated across the state each fall.
AMES, Iowa – Master Gardener volunteers with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach continue to improve the lives and communities of Iowans, with more than $50,000 awarded in Growing Together Mini-Grants this past year.
“Would you like me to pick up some pizza for you?” I called down the steps to the half-dozen teenagers in our newly updated basement family room.
AMES, Iowa – In response to high levels of both personal and financial farm stress, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is offering four “Farm Couple Getaways” aimed at farmers wanting to take advantage of activities to improve farm family communication, work on farm or family goal-…
The first-ever Sioux Falls Dairy Crawl was held on October 28, 2019, at three downtown restaurants. Five dairy farm families, along with dietitians and other ag professionals served as hosts to approximately 40 consumers.
Washing parsnips, peeling carrots, slicing zucchini and canning pickles, each day several sisters work together to assist in food preparation. And thanks to their garden plots, meal prep at Mother of God Monastery includes an abundance of homegrown fresh and preserved vegetables and fruits.
Small, rural school systems in South Dakota and across the country face sometimes daunting challenges in providing a strong education to students.
I leaned over and looked at my alarm clock.
BROOKINGS — The city of Martin was presented with a 2019 Healthy Hometown Community Award during the Chronic Disease Partners/Better Choices, Better Health Meeting on Oct. 16. The award recognized the Martin community for its accomplishments in health improvement initiatives within the community.
BROOKINGS — South Dakota One Health is a collaborative effort that promotes a deeper understanding of the connections between the health of people, animals and the environment. SDSU Extension is partnering with the Sanford USD Medical School, the South Dakota Department of Health, the South …
BROOKINGS —The SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Development program recently announced a partnership with South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks and the South Dakota Trappers Association to launch a new, comprehensive furbearer education program for youth. This program, called ETHICS SD, will educate y…
HURON, S.D. – On Nov. 1 U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development State Director for South Dakota Julie Gross announced USDA is investing $8 million in H-D Electric to make infrastructure improvements. Gross’ announcement is in coordination with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture So…
Juggling a life between farming and accounting, Mariah Heine, 24, is happiest when she’s on the farm.
Sheep farmer Wade Kopren, 40, believes the fishhook branded socks he’s wearing are the most comfortable socks he can imagine. He’s proud to say they are made from the wool of the sheep raised for generations on his farm.
BISMARCK, N.D. — Brandon Delvo learned what hard work looked like from a young age. As a kid, he spent summers by his grandfather’s side on a small grain farm in Bonetraill, N.D.
I broke the cardinal rule of healthful snacking the other night.
All farm couples are invited to leave their worries and concerns behind and enjoy one night away at The Abbey of the Hills in Marvin, S.D. Come rediscover peace from the often-stressful life on the farm. This is a couples only retreat — no children please.
State testing data show that several contaminants — all of which can be harmful to human health — are commonly found in the drinking water provided to residents of South Dakota, but whether the contaminants are present at unhealthful levels is a matter of ongoing debate.
A tax management program will be offered to ag producers and tax preparers from 9 a.m. to noon CST on Nov. 15 at nine interactive video sites in North Dakota.
If you love gardening and sharing your knowledge with others, consider becoming a Master Gardener volunteer in collaboration with North Dakota State University Extension.