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Video: Celebrating National Dairy Month

Dakota Sharpshooters 4-H Club members handed out coupons and cheese samples to celebrate National Dairy Month. Katrina Gibson, 11, explains why here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MXTK1-difO0

Rural people most affected by negative health care trends

By Wendell Potter Rural Health News Service Recent studies about health care in America show troubling trends, especially in states with large rural and relatively low-income...

Weeds: If you can’t beat them, can you eat them?

By Julie Garden-Robinson NDSU Extension Service Food and Nutrition Specialist My flowers and vegetables are growing nicely with the regular rain. The weeds are doing well, too,...

Farming Fathers: Father-son team tackle life’s challenges

By Connie Sieh Groop, Special to the Farm Forum Editor’s Note: Six regional farmers were selected as 2018 Farming Fathers. More stories, photos and videos...

Photos: Happy #pollinatorweek

It’s Pollinator Week. June 18 through 24 marks the 11th year of bringing greater awareness to pollinator conservation, according to the Pollinator Partnership. Check out these...

Foster: Understanding the new estate tax laws

by Dennis Foster Special to the Farm Forum This month we will delve into the current tax laws. Specifically, the estate and gift tax portion. I...

Sharing good food with families in the hospital

South Dakota Farm Bureau South Dakota Farm Bureau (SDFB) Women's Leadership Team (WLT) presented a $1,750 check recently to the Rapid City Regional Hospital Foundation....

Happy #NationalGoFishingDay: Photo Gallery

Today is a day to take time from the daily routines to find a stream, pond, lake or river, cast a line and catch...

USDA launches interactive map of opioid epidemic resources

United States Department of Agriculture WASHINGTON – On June 14, Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett unveiled a new interactive feature on...

Stay hydrated during warm summer months

By Julie Garden-Robinson NDSU Extension Food and Nutrition Specialist Like many people, I have been busy with yardwork lately. We have had a proliferation of miniature maple...

Farming Fathers: Love for family drives Turton farmer

By Connie Sieh Groop, Special to the Farm Forum Editor’s Note: Six regional farmers were selected as 2018 Farming Fathers. More stories, photos and videos...

More than half South Dakota communities losing population

DE SMET, S.D. (AP) — More than 160 rural communities that account for more than half of incorporated municipalities in South Dakota had either...

Strawberry season starts soon in Minnesota

Minnesota Department of Agriculture ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota strawberries will be ready for picking soon. Growers across the state have reported fields full of...

Energize! Exploring Innovative Rural Communities Conference

SDSU Extension BROOKINGS — More than 100 rural community leaders from across South Dakota came together to participate in Energize! Exploring Innovative Rural Communities Conference...

Rural community leaders gather for SD Change Network Cohort meeting

SDSU Extension BROOKINGS — South Dakota change agents will gather in Mitchell June 19-21, 2018 to celebrate the positive change they are making in communities...

State wrapping up look at counties’ rural development potential

By Bob Mercer Farm Forum Correspondent PIERRE — The South Dakota Department of Agriculture has nearly finished a four-year analysis to find good, better or best...

Photo Gallery: Riding and roping at the East Region High School...

The 2018 East Region High School Rodeo took place June 8-10 in Watertown, South Dakota. See photos from June 9 at the rodeo here.

Photo Gallery: Animals at the Northern Plains and Triple Threat livestock...

The Northern Plains and Triple Threat livestock shows started at the Brown County Fairgrounds on June 8. This is the first year the two...

Farming Fathers 2018: A dedicated family man and farmer

By Connie Sieh Groop, Special to the Farm Forum Editor's Note: Six regional farmers were selected as 2018 Farming Fathers. More stories, photos and videos...

Video: Meet Farming Father Jeff Vander Wal

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTU1QsCbssc Learn more about the family here.

Rediscover cooking and baking this summer

By Julie Garden-Robinson NDSU Extension Food and Nutrition Specialist I thought back in time as I drove by the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center recently. I had...

USDA announces $309 million investment in rural electric utilities

U.S. Department of Agriculture HURON, SD – On June 7, Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett announced that USDA is investing $309...

Photo Gallery: Horses wrangled after taking off from hobby farm west...

Tiny hoofs didn’t take a group of horses far Tuesday, June 5. Five horses, four of them miniature, escaped their pen at a hobby farm...

Food preservation workshops offered by SDSU Extension

SDSU Extension BROOKINGS — SDSU Extension field specialists are offering Food Preservation workshops to the communities of Sioux Falls and Rapid City. During workshops, participants can...

The experts share tips to selecting the perfect steak

SDSU Extension BROOKINGS — With grilling season in full swing, many grillers are in search of the perfect steak. SDSU Extension staff teamed up with...

Photo Gallery: Celebrate #NationalDairyMonth and #NationalCheeseDay

Monday, June 4, is a day to celebrate cows and what they produce. It's National Cheese Day and National Dairy Month. Check out these photos...

Sometimes old women make mistakes

by Jane Green Special to the Farm Forum Love it! Love it! Love it! The month of June is here and am I ever thankful! I’ve...

Be adventuresome during rhubarb season

By Julie Garden-Robinson NDSU Extension Food and Nutrition Specialist “Mom, how did they figure out we could eat rhubarb, anyway?” my older daughter asked me. I had...

Photo Gallery: Celebrating spring

Check out these fun photos celebrating the spring season. What is your favorite part of spring?

Photo Gallery: Marking Memorial Day

Find inspirational, patriotic images to commemorate Memorial Day.

Try this 10-question summer food safety quiz

By Julie Garden-Robinson NDSU Extension Food and Nutrition Specialist The other day, I wiped off and arranged the outdoor furniture on our patio after the furniture...

Photo Gallery: See what took place at the races

The annual Northeast Area Pari-Mutuel Horse Races at the Brown County Fairgrounds started May 19 and 20 in Aberdeen. See what took place during...

USDA invests $256 million in water infrastructure in rural communities

U.S. Department of Agriculture LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett has announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture...

Monarchs on the Move Challenge Touring Iowa this summer

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach The 4-H Ag Innovators Experience Monarchs on the Move challenge tour is underway in Iowa, and geared up to...

Urban Ag Day event provides hands-on opportunity for students

SDSU Extension BROOKINGS — More than 80 fourth-grade students from Milbank area schools spent the day gaining hands-on knowledge of the state's number one industry...

Krueger: It’s easy to support ethanol 100%

By Gerald Krueger Aberdeen Why is there so much opposition to increasing the amount of ethanol blend in America’s automobiles? We have enjoyed the 10-percent blend...

Prairie Doc Perspective: Get outside and soak in some health

By Richard P. Holm, MD Special to the Farm Forum Research tells us that regardless your age, exercising just 30 minutes daily of even mild to...

May is National Bike Month

By Julie Garden-Robinson NDSU Extension Food and Nutrition Specialist “Use your gears,” my husband called back over his shoulder. That’s easy for him to say, I thought...

Farmers Union urges USDA to address farm suicide crisis

National Farmers Union WASHINGTON — Many farmers and ranchers are coping with alarming levels of stress, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) should serve...

My picky eater grew up to be a healthful eater

By Julie Garden-Robinson NDSU Extension Food and Nutrition Specialist “I suppose this is going to be a column,” my son said as I pushed a grocery...

Celebrate farm and ranch moms this Mother’s Day

by Lura Roti South Dakota Farmers Union Karli McCance The more the merrier" would be a good phrase to describe Karli McCance's take on children. "The more kids...

Jane Green: Am I a pack rat?

by Jane Green Special to the Farm Forum I have often heard the expression that “all good things must come to an end.” Really? They have...

Prairie Doc Perspective: Health benefits of living in a prairie community

By Richard P. Holm, MD Special to the Farm Forum I love our home in Brookings, S.D. When anyone asks me where I am from, instead...

Fire up the grill! It’s Beef Month!

South Dakota Beef Industry Council PIERRE — Governor Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed May as Beef Month to show his support of South Dakota's beef industry...

Add some new flavors to your menu

By Julie Garden-Robinson NDSU Extension Food and Nutrition Specialist “Do you know what’s in the sauce?” I asked the server. “Do you not like it?” he asked. I...

Foster: Find the right financial advisor

by Dennis Foster Special to the Farm Forum In last month’s column, we focused on trust as it relates to people in general. This can be...

Photo Gallery: Celebrating the start of spring weather

Warmer weather has headed into the Midwest through the last few weeks. See photos of the start of this spring weather here.

Boring farm days gave way to excitement

By Gerald Krueger Aberdeen After writing for so many years, I am ever mindful that our readers will tire of certain subjects I bring to your...

Are my leafy greens safe to eat?

By Julie Garden-Robinson NDSU Extension Food and Nutrition Specialist “Can I eat the romaine lettuce in my refrigerator?” the caller asked. “No, we need to toss romaine...

State 4-H leaders sponsor financial assistance

SDSU Extension BROOKINGS — The South Dakota 4-H Leader's Association annually sponsors financial assistance for youth wanting to attend 4-H summer camp programs. "The South Dakota...
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