BROOKINGS — SDSU Extension Community Vitality Field Specialist Peggy Schlechter was recently recognized with the Friend of Economic Development Award by the Wall Economic Development Corporation.
We have entered the season of gift giving and receiving.
BROOKINGS — The SDSU Extension Community Vitality Team and community of Lemmon will host the Energize! Exploring Innovative Rural Communities Conference April 30 — May 1, 2019 in downtown Lemmon businesses.
WASHINGTON — On Dec. 6, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue empowered local schools with additional options to serve healthy and appealing meals. A final rule on school meal flexibilities, to be published later this month in the Federal Register, increases local flexibility in implementing sc…
My last few columns have been focused on life insurance and just how invaluable it can be as a financial tool to properly fund a well-rounded and complete estate plan. Specifically survivorship life insurance, as it by far provides the lowest cost means of guaranteeing the liquidity needed t…
Every year the Farm Forum presents the Farm Family of the Year award at the Aberdeen Area Chamber of Commerce Ag Appreciation Banquet. The purpose of the award is to recognize a family who best represents farming and ranching and the spirit of agriculture in northeastern South Dakota. To be …
Watch the Aberdeen Area Chamber of Commerce's Ag Appreciation Banquet, which took place Nov. 29, 2018 in Aberdeen, S.D.
The McPherson County Parent/Leaders Association has been awarded a $5,000 grant from Pioneer Hi-Bred International. The funds will be used to update the 4-H grounds and shooting sports activities, allowing 4-H students to learn about the appropriate care of animals, market trends and safety …
“I have a question I’ve been meaning to ask you,” a woman informed me one Sunday morning in church.
Meet Knickers: A steer from Western Australia towering nearly 6 feet, 4 inches and weighing over 3,000 pounds. His owner says he is "too heavy" to be sold or killed for his meat.
WASHINGTON – On Nov. 28, Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $291 million (PDF, 142 KB) to build or improve community infrastructure and essential services for 761,000 residents in 18 states and t…
BROOKINGS — When it comes to fruit and vegetable consumption, South Dakotans rank among the lowest in the nation. As a new SDSU Extension family and community health field specialist, Jennifer Folliard is working to change the statistics in two communities by removing one of the greatest bar…
A group of mostly rural South Dakota counties could be on the hook for millions of dollars in costs related to any protests that arise over construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline in the state.
BROOKINGS, S.D. — SDSU Extension supports a public service announcement campaign sponsored by the American Medical Association, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Ad Council, to build awareness among millions of Americans of their risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
“We don’t need any more canned green beans,” my husband announced from the kitchen.
The National Thanksgiving Turkeys have made their debut!
On Nov. 17, Feeding South Dakota will give free Thanksgiving meals to families in need of assistance. The meals will consist of frozen turkeys and fixings for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. The group will hand out the meals at three different cities.
SIOUX FALLS — Ag United for South Dakota will host its annual luncheon on Dec. 11 at the Sioux Falls Convention Center. The luncheon will celebrate the work of hundreds of farmers and ranchers and agriculture industry professionals who volunteered throughout the year. The event will run from…
PIERRE — Family and consumer science, agricultural education, and ProStart educators from across the state have been given the opportunity to incorporate beef programming efforts into their curriculum through the FACS beef program provided by the South Dakota Beef Industry Council (SDBIC) th…
“Hello old friend. Where have you been?
Check out Agtegra Cooperative’s Bowdle Innovation Center, which opened earlier this year.
Kris Rausch of Gettysburg was named the 2018 South Dakota Ag Woman of the Year, according to a news release.
On a recent flight, I was pleasantly surprised by the built-in video screens with free movies in the seat backs.
BROOKINGS — South Dakota State University Counseling and Human Development Assistant Professor Christin Carotta recently joined the SDSU Extension team as the new SDSU Extension child and family specialist.
When I was growing up, we usually had two types of vegetables served for our evening meal.
There is an epidemic of obesity in the United States. As people get older, their risk for diabetes and diabetes-associated complications will expand like their waistlines. The average weight of 5’9 men in 1960 was 166lbs. It is now 195lbs. The average weight of 5’4 women in 1960 was 140lbs a…
Day County residents: Weather, public safety and residential alerts can now go straight to your phone. Learn how to sign up for text message, email, mobile app or voice call alerts in Day County, S.D., in our video.
Saturday, Oct. 27, is Hug a Sheep Day. Take a virtual trip to Cihak Suffolks, a sheep breeding farm north of Aberdeen, S.D., and learn about the best part of raising sheep.
Scholarships will be awarded to 17 North Dakota State University athletes during this year’s Harvest Bowl program on Nov. 2-3.
Last year, I was very disappointed because our apple tree had no apples.
Eleven women, as well as a handful of guides and dogs, took to the fields opening day to knock down pheasants.
Out-of-state hunters arrived at the Aberdeen Regional Airport Friday for Saturday's opening of pheasant hunting season.
WASHINGTON — On Oct. 18, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the signing of a joint agency formal agreement under the Winning on Reducing Food Waste initiative. The agreement is a…
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…
“What’s your favorite dessert?” I asked my daughter. She was a preschooler at the time.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — On Oct. 16, Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has finalized four cooperative agreements to help rural communities create and implement economic development plans.
Those on the farm know nobody cares about the animals more than the farmer or rancher. Let's celebrate the farm animals and those caring for them.
Finding enough people to serve on local agriculture-related boards and committees can be challenging.
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…
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…
Glacial Lakes Energy's E30 challenge ended with a $50,000 donation to the Boys & Girls Club of Aberdeen Area. The announcement was made at Business After Hours Thursday.
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…
"If you ate today, thank a farmer."
“Mom, this is just like those scary movies,” my older daughter teased. “First, they cut your phone lines so you can’t call for help.”
HURON, S.D. — Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $181 million in 88 projects that will build community infrastructure and facilities in 27 states, including three projects in South Dakota.
Giant? Tiny? Orange? White? Green? What does your pumpkin look like?
Sights and sounds at the Optimist Club's annual Pumpkin Patch for kids. Lots of families out on a crisp autumn afternoon.
How do you keep your pumpkins looking their best until Halloween?
“Zucchini are easier to slice if you cut them from top to bottom,” the student chef said to me.
BROOKINGS — Better Choices, Better Health South Dakota (BCBH SD) is offering its first diabetes workshop in Aberdeen beginning Oct. 12.
BROOKINGS — Fall is when insects and spiders that overwinter as adults, begin looking for shelter. Often, making their way into our homes.
BROOKINGS — Indian meal moths, also referred to as pantry moths, can become a major nuisance as their larvae will quickly spoil infested food products.
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 …