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.
During most years, winter is literally freezing in Allentown, Pennsylvania, where visitors flock to nearby ski resorts.
“Wow!” I exclaimed as I glanced at my husband while I was pushing my grocery cart by the meat and dairy departments of a retail store.
AMES, Iowa — It’s a common image: harried adults racing from workplace to home and back again, trying to fulfill work responsibilities, but wanting to be home with family. What happens when working adults have no place to race to, since work and home are the same place? As the COVID-19 pande…
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Agriculture is working to be as flexible as possible to get food out to the people who need it during the COVID-19 National Emergency. On March 18, President Donald J. Trump signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which includes …
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – FFA members across the country have a heart for service — and now more than ever, it shows.
Spring is a time when we prepare gardens for new seedlings, clear pots for new flowers, visit farmers’ markets, and enjoy fresh, locally produced fruits, vegetables, meat, dairy, eggs, grains and celebrate SoDak Grown!
AMES, Iowa – Contrary to the snow and cold temperatures some Iowa residents received this past weekend, it is officially spring, according to the calendar at least. This is a good time to be thinking about your spring and summer lawn care. Working in the yard or garden can also be a good dis…
PIERRE, S.D. — Avera has a plan to protect those in their care that are in the most vulnerable population when it comes to COVID-19, and is relying on virtual technology, isolation and health screenings to prevent an outbreak of the virus in one of their nursing homes.
BROOKINGS —Three South Dakota state 4-H ambassadors joined other teen leaders from across the country at the 4-H Healthy Habits Conference and National 4-H Summit on Healthy Living to learn how to be advocates for promoting healthy lifestyle choices in their communities.
MAX, N.D. — Robbin Plesuk says anyone confronted with a construction proposition should get it in writing and not be pressured into same-day work.
Did you hear about the guy who hauled in a load of soil to top off his garden? The plot thickened.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – As rural communities brace for the arrival of the novel coronavirus, a coalition of organization representing rural communities is urging the administration to ensure that the rural health care system has adequate resources and support to respond to this crisis.
Rural hospitals and clinics are “vigorously preparing” for the possibility of an outbreak of intense respiratory disease in their communities as a result of coronavirus, according to Brock Slabach, senior vice president for member services for the National Rural Health Association.
I wiped the handle of the grocery cart with a sanitizing wipe and noticed the large number of shoppers doing the same.
North Dakota State University Extension will be broadcasting the Spring Fever Garden Forum series online, from March 26 to April 16. The forums, held on Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., are open to all interested gardeners.
AMES, Iowa — Broccoli is a healthy, versatile vegetable. Broccoli prefers cool growing temperatures and is typically planted in early spring for a late spring/early summer crop. Broccoli also can be planted in mid-July for a fall crop. Follow the recommendations of Iowa State University hort…
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Grant applications for the Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) program will be accepted from until April 30, 2020.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On March 17, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced a collaboration with the Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty, McLane Global, PepsiCo, and others to deliver nearly 1,000,000 meals to students in a limited number of rural schools closed due to COVID-19:
I have stated several times — and it certainly bears repeating — the whole estate planning process is about people, not just numbers. With some proper advice, the numbers will take care of themselves. It is up to you, to take care of your family and the farm.
CENTER, N.D. — Darrin Vogel, of Bismarck, N.D., remembers clearly the day in the ‘80s when his grandmother gave him a record album from North Dakota folk singer/songwriter Chuck Suchy.
The sweetest Twitter post on March 13 came from Jack Dura, an excellent news reporter for the Bismarck Tribune newspaper.
SIOUX FALLS — South Dakota’s public health lab is expecting a “surge” of coronavirus test requests, and is gearing up to operate seven days a week to handle the demand.
BOZEMAN, Mont. — A group of individuals and organizations from across Montana, led by Montana State University Extension, are collaborating to provide resources and solutions for farmers and ranchers under stress.
No state in the U.S. will have enough room to treat novel coronavirus patients if the surge in severe cases here mirrors that in other countries.
As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads across the U.S. – canceling major events, closing schools, upending the stock market and disrupting travel and normal life – Americans are taking precautions against the new coronavirus that causes the disease sickening and killing thousands worldwide.
I thought I heard a freight train driving right by our house despite no train tracks in the vicinity.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Some blood banks across the Upper Midwest are facing shortages of donated blood crucial to area hospitals and clinics, due to fears of the coronavirus.
SAVANNAH, Ga. – As part of the organization’s broader initiative to address a growing farm stress crisis, National Farmers Union (NFU) last week hosted a two-day, in-person session to train community mental health advocates across the country.
BROOKINGS — As part of National Nutrition Month 2020 in March, the SDSU Extension Food and Families Team encourages people to make informed food choices and develop healthy eating and physical activity habits.
Over the last few days, South Dakota has confirmed several cases of COVID-19, known as the coronavirus. While I am confident that our state and local governments will work together to protect the health of our communities, it is important that we all take extra precautions to support vulnera…
South Dakota Wheat is again holding its annual “Bake and Take Day!” This year’s event occurs on March 21, and we invite home bakers of all ages to slow down, relax and embrace community spirit by baking home-made goodies and sharing them with friends, neighbors or folks who may not be able t…
At Henderson, MN, Rush River Steel is ready to provide materials for buildings as hog operations look to expand in South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa.
HURON, S.D. – On March 11, U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development State Director for South Dakota Julie Gross and State Director for Minnesota Brad Finstad announced that USDA is investing over $198 million in East River Electric Power Cooperative, Inc. to upgrade the rural electri…
When the snow melts and the old, dead grass starts to show through the patches of white, I start to get a little stir crazy.
When you register for a medical appointment or plan international travel, you probably will be asked more questions these days.
ST. PAUL, Minn. — A new report by a Washington, D.C.-based environmental group found that nitrate levels in some Minnesota public drinking water systems have increased in recent years.
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota communities, non-profit organizations, and tribes are encouraged to apply for the 2020 Urban and Community Forestry Comprehensive Challenge Grant.
BOZEMAN, Mont. — Whether it’s during morning commutes, dog walks or Frisbee throwing in the park, many people probably don’t think much about the artistic elements of the environments they move through each day. But one Montana State University student hopes to change that.
“I can’t believe this,” I said to myself.
NEW ORLEANS, La. – On March 4, Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Stephen Censky announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is investing $900 million to build, preserve or improve rural electric infrastructure across 16 states. Censky made the announcement at the National Rural Electric …
AMES, Iowa – If you’ve ever dreamed of improving your gardening skills in a way that benefits others and helps your community, you might want to consider becoming a Master Gardener volunteer.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — This March, the North American Meat Institute (NAMI), a contractor to the Beef Checkoff and The National Pork Board, administrator of the Pork Checkoff, are joining forces to observe and promote National Deli Meat Month. The two organizations have always honored the Americ…
WATFORD CITY, N.D. — Spring fever. There’s nobody else in the world that suffers from it more than my dad.
ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Bayer and the American Farm Bureau Federation announce the transition of Bayer’s Farm State of Mind campaign, an initiative to raise mental health awareness among the farming community, to Farm Bureau. The campaign aims to reduce stigma surrounding the topic of mental health…
A sump pump is the first line of defense for many homeowners to prevent water from seeping into the basement.
PIERRE, S.D. — Gov. Kristi Noem has proposed $5 million in state funds to go toward her broadband expansion initiative, Connect South Dakota, a continued effort that has already connected many rural residents to faster Internet.
Older adults who want to stay in their own home as long as possible will have a chance to learn whether their home is ready for that during a webinar North Dakota State University Extension and South Dakota State University Extension are hosting March 11.
“A box arrived for you this afternoon,” my husband said.
The focus on this column for over a decade has always been on estate planning and in particular for folks who work and derive not only their living, but their very lifestyles and persona from the land. I generally look at and discuss all the various issues in broad terms and let the readers …
If your family is like mine — and given statistics on the matter, I’m guessing it is — you’ve probably had someone fighting some sort of illness in the past few months.
BROOKINGS — The SDSU Extension Community Vitality Team and the Community of Milbank are teaming up to host the Energize! Exploring Innovative Rural Communities Conference May 5-6 in Milbank, S.D.