More Americans eating healthier diets would help the U.S. food system make better use of some natural resources, according to a new federal government report.
“If you have ‘helpers’ put them to work,” the article said.
It has been over three years since the day that Keith died by his own hand. The day he died by suicide. So many people want my farm to succeed even though Keith is gone; I have gotten and continue to feel love from near and far every day. I would like to share what it has been like for me th…
As North Dakota slowly moves into a phase of re-opening, the risk of illness from COVID-19 has not faded.
As the COVID-19 pandemic response continues, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have been working around the clock on many fronts to support the U.S. food and agriculture sector so that Americans continue to have access to a safe and robust food supp…
Farmers markets and direct-sale farmer and grower operations are vital to communities and small businesses across North Dakota.
BROOKINGS — As South Dakota citizens continue to practice physical distancing, South Dakota 4-H is gearing up to provide youth across the state with an opportunity to learn, create and develop skills virtually with their peers through the South Dakota Summer Adventures program.
I took a bite of homemade buttermilk pancakes.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On May 14, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced that USDA is investing more than $500,000 to provide broadband service in unserved and underserved rural areas in Iowa. This investment is part of USDA’s round one investments through the ReConnect Pilot Program.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On May 15, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the extension of three nationwide waivers, giving child nutrition program operators the flexibility they need to continue to feed children while promoting social distancing and keeping families safe during the…
2020 marks the 56th year since the Community Action Network was established to help American families and communities overcome obstacles to poverty. Over 1000 agencies across the country are working every day to create opportunities and transform the lives of their neighbors making communiti…
At Dr. Karen Kinsell’s southwest Georgia practice, patients showing coronavirus symptoms have infiltrated an appointment schedule usually crowded with bladder infections and sinus trouble.
BROOKINGS — SDSU Extension experts have established guidelines for community gardens to follow in order to promote the health and safety of local gardeners during the COVID-19 pandemic.
FARGO, N.D. — The Fargo Public Library’s planned seed library had to be scrapped this spring as the coronavirus pandemic made it impossible for the library to get vegetable seeds to its patrons. But those seeds aren’t going to waste.
BISMARCK, N.D. — Several North Dakotans are suing the state Department of Health for their right to sell homemade food products and meals.
“Mom, I feel like a bandit,” my 16-year-old daughter said as she adjusted her cloth face mask as we entered the grocery store.
Richard Oswald, still mourning the loss of his family’s homestead to flooding along the Missouri River, is planting corn and soybeans into ground that last year was feet deep underwater.
Fields across the world depend on moisture to make crops flourish. Some years there is an abundance of rain. Other years, the ground cries out for rain. Being able to provide water to growing plants when they need it and in the amount the plants require for optimal growth is an important too…
BROOKINGS, S.D. — SDSU Extension is seeking South Dakotans who see opportunities to lead change in their organizations and communities to apply for the South Dakota Change Network. This yearlong fellowship is a supportive learning environment for those looking to gain skills and experience d…
As we reflect on the women who raised us this Mother’s Day, South Dakota Farmers Union would like to celebrate the many women who support the state’s No. 1 industry – farm and ranch moms! To learn more about the farm and ranch moms featured in this article, visit the South Dakota Farm & …
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Soybean Association (ASA) COVID-19 Task Force conducted a survey in April regarding the effects of COVID-19 on soy growers, their operations, employees, and families. Stress reported by the 86 farmer respondents from across the soy-producing states was high. A…
“Do you need any rice?” I asked with a slightly muffled voice.
BOZEMAN — Montana State University Extension will offer free webinars throughout the month of May as a way of fostering social connection and learning.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Farmers have plenty of produce and animals to sell. People still need to eat. But coronavirus outbreaks are shutting down processing plants across the region that sit squarely between the two groups, squeezing tight a bottleneck that could put parts of the nation’s food s…
Poor growing and harvesting conditions, low commodity prices, trade wars and a shortage of livestock feed for winter all have been stressful for North Dakota farmers and ranchers.
“Mom, do you know how to make spaetzle mac and cheese?” my son asked via text message.
PIERRE – South Dakotans who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits could receive extra help to purchase food, the Department of Social Services announced on April 17.
AMES, Iowa – The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a far-reaching impact within the food supply and value chain system, affecting multiple sectors of the food economy.
We have too much milk, may not have enough meat and could eventually run short on soup.
HURON, S.D. — South Dakota Farmers Union President, Doug Sombke says the efforts made by Sioux Falls Mayor Paul TenHaken to protect families impacted by COVID-19 in the state’s largest city, could have a positive impact on families and food security across South Dakota.
As people pick up new hobbies while they remain in self-quarantine due to the COVID-19 pandemic, interest in gardening and farming is experiencing a boom among Americans.
AMES, Iowa – The tart stalks of rhubarb are used in pies, tarts, sauces, jams, jellies, puddings and punch. Rhubarb is easy to grow and long-lived. For more information on growing rhubarb and other vegetables in your garden, contact horticulture specialists with Iowa State University Extensi…
“Wow, I’ve counted 21 people,” my husband noted as we walked around our neighborhood.
Ipswich Trail Days has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On April 13, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue unveiled a one-stop-shop of federal programs that can be used by rural communities, organizations and individuals impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide (tinyurl.com/uey6yfr) is a…
MINNEAPOLIS — When Jennifer Rock made a recent Schwan’s order, she was surprised to see one particular out-of-stock item.
“We’re eating out of the freezer,” one of my Facebook friends said. “What do you think of this really, really old pizza we bought from a kid who was fundraising?”
An idea grew from a dream to a rebellion for a cattle family in the area around Havana, ND.
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Wildfire Awareness Month takes place in May of 2020 in the State of South Dakota. To kick it off, South Dakota Wildland Fire is calling all kids, ages 3-12, to showcase their artistic abilities in the 2020 Wildfire Awareness Month Coloring Contest.
GREENSBORO, N.C. — Applications for the seventh annual Thrive #RootedinAg Contest are now open online at www.syngentathrive.com/contest. Syngenta will award three contest finalists with mini touch-screen tablets and one grand prizewinner with a $500 gift card, plus the opportunity to tell hi…
AMES, Iowa – Do you ever notice the occasional small fly in the sink, or sometimes on the lighted screen of a laptop in the evening? Maybe you’ve wondered, “hmm, a fly, maybe I should do something about flies breeding in my house,” but then promptly went on with life and forgot about them. H…
BROOKINGS — The SDSU Extension Food and Families team will host a six-week virtual “coffee break” series every Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. CST/1:00 p.m. MST beginning April 7. The series will be hosted by SDSU Extension specialists, starting off with SDSU Extension Nutrition Field Specialist Megan …
A few days ago, I went out searching for crocuses.
BROOKINGS — SDSU Extension is rescheduling the third annual Energize Conference to Oct. 7-8 in order to comply with CDC guidelines and to protect the population from COVID-19. The conference, originally scheduled for early May, will be held in Milbank, South Dakota.
“We’re going to gain 10,000 pounds if you keep cooking and baking like this,” my husband said as he glanced in my direction.
As I am writing this on April 1, the dramatic effects of the coronavirus pandemic are yet to be fully realized. Beyond the obvious tragedy of human suffering, our economy and the markets will be adversely affected for quite some time. As we are emotional, imperfect and often irrational being…
AMES, Iowa – Consumers who are purchasing meat products from grocery stores or directly from a meat processor can be confident in the safety of the product, according to Terry Houser, associate professor and extension meat specialist with Iowa State University.
At a time when we all need to use caution with human contact, the ideas of human fellowship remains important to our mental health. People are getting creative with ideas of serving their rural communities in new ways.
BROOKINGS — Opportunities in agritourism for South Dakota farmers and ranchers were shared at the Agritourism Workshop held Feb. 20-21 in Pierre.
ROCHESTER, Minn. — Farm advocates and rural mental health specialists with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture are still available to visit with farmers in crisis.
Getting broadband internet access to rural areas has been a goal for rural advocates and service providers alike for years, but the COVID-19 pandemic has made such access more important than ever.
The Make It With Wool Contest for District 4 will be held Sept. 12 at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 1010 8th St. S., Brookings, S.D. with registration beginning at 9 a.m.
Even under normal circumstances – before the spread of the new coronavirus – Clifton Wallace struggled to get reliable home health care on a fixed income.
Toilet paper wasn’t the only thing in short supply in recent weeks. Potatoes were hard to come by in the grocery store, and canned and frozen vegetables were sparse, not to mention the bare bread aisle.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – USDA Rural Development has launched a COVID-19 resource page to keep our customers, partners, and stakeholders continuously updated on actions taken by the Agency to help rural residents, businesses, and communities impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.