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BROOKINGS — Producers and supporters of local foods are invited to register for the 2018 South Dakota Local Foods Conference (SDLFC) and Local Foods Showcase Social Event. This regional event will provide educational sessions, tours, and networking opportunities focused on marketing, product…

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Some time ago I wrote an article advising those of you in the agricultural to monitor your own financial condition and not to rely on the lender to perform this function for you. Over the past couple of years I have been working with troubled credit situations in several states, and have fou…

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YANKTON, S.D. – Value Added Agriculture Center Day was held Aug. 30 at the South Dakota State Fair in Huron, S.D. This event, hosted by the Value Added Agriculture Development Center (VAADC) provided an opportunity for producers of specialty and niche foods to showcase their products to over…

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Rain events during September and October have created challenging conditions not only for timely harvest of corn and soybean crops but also for the impact harvest will have on the soil. These wet conditions coupled with a drop in air temperature will slow harvest operations. Soils are too we…

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This column continues our discussion of life insurance and the need for it as an integral component of your estate planning. In particular, survivorship life insurance or “last to die” policies. These policies work exactly as the generic name would imply and are underwritten on both spouses …

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This summer is done for and fall came in a hurry. There’s a lot to do and not much time before the snowflakes tickle our noses. I thought you readers might appreciate some positive vibes to ruminate over as you go about your daily tasks this harvest. Enjoy the fall weather and stay safe. And…

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Every state has at least one food festival, and they often showcase the foods grown or caught in the region. Sometimes festivals also highlight the ethnic heritage of people in the area. Supporting your community and everything that makes it unique is a memorable way to connect.

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ST. PAUL, Minn. — A new team of food safety experts has been created to help speed up the licensing process for Minnesota food businesses. The goal of the Food Innovation Team (FIT), a subcommittee of Minnesota’s Food Safety and Defense Task Force, is to help state regulators accommodate new…

Ag Life

It's time to turn the dirt! Take a ride on one of the bottom plows being pulled by a steam engine across the field near Andover in our 360 degree video. The demonstration was part of the three-day James Valley Threshing Show.

Ag Life

Kory Anderson had his boyhood dream come to life upon finishing the re-creation of a Case 150-HP Road Locomotive. The freight-hauling tractor - the largest ever - will be performing Friday through Sunday at the James Valley Threshing Bee in Andover. Anderson gives details on the Case 150 in …

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WASHINGTON — On Aug. 29, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue unveiled a new webpage featuring information about the importance of rural e-Connectivity and the ways the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing to help deploy high-speed broadband infrastructure in rural America.

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In the last column, I began a discussion of a subject most folks find about as entertaining as major dental work. Even though I have personally placed millions upon millions of dollars of life insurance coverage, I must agree, talking about it just isn’t that much fun. But, I can assure you …