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…
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 …
The 56th Annual Western 4-H Family and Consumer Science Show will be held Oct. 12-13 at the Central States Fairgrounds in Rapid City. While this is called a show, it consists of various contests for developing life skills that 4-Hers, non-4-H youth, and adults may participate in. The event k…
Despite cold and wet conditions the Gypsy Day Parade marched on Saturday
I noticed a vehicle in front of me crossing the center line, then swerving toward the shoulder of the road.
BROOKINGS — If you’re a woman involved in the agriculture industry, then SDSU Extension’s Annie’s Project may be the program for you. A class will begin Oct. 22 in Sioux Falls.
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…
ROCHESTER, Minn. — Apple picking is next to pumpkin spice and football on the list of fall favorites, and most Minnesota orchards are now fully stocked with apples ready to be plucked from trees.
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.
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…
HURON, S.D. – On Sept. 17, Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett announced that USDA is investing $392 million to help rebuild and improve rural water and wastewater infrastructure in 42 states.
“Mom, I made lentil soup and it’s pretty good,” read the text message from my son.
Heavy metal rockers Metallica donated $10,000 to Feeding South Dakota Tuesday night as the band played at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls.
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.
Check out some of the machines, including the re-creation of a Case 150-HP Road Locomotive, on display at the James Valley Threshing Show in Andover.
BROOKINGS — Registration is open for the 2018 South Dakota Local Foods Conference to be held Nov. 2-3 at the Swiftel Center in Brookings with pre-conference sessions and tours offered Nov. 1.
Four Aberdeen-area women have been selected to hone their skills as change-makers.
Do you know anyone on a diet? Have you ever been on a diet?
WASHINGTON — In coordination with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the public call for nominations to the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC). The independent advisory committee will review the scientifi…
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 …
Each year, North Dakota Living and the Big Iron Farm Show join forces to provide health information and preventive screenings in a convenient location at the Big Iron Farm Show so farmers and ranchers can learn more about their own health.
BROOKINGS — Picnic and sap beetles are invading gardens and orchards throughout South Dakota and will be around until the first hard frost, explained Adam Varenhorst, assistant professor and SDSU Extension field crop entomologist, who witnessed them in his own garden this summer.
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.
BROOKINGS — As her girls start fourth grade and kindergarten this fall, SDSU Extension Early Childhood Field Specialist Audrey Rider says she is working to pre-make easy and nutritious after school snacks to hold them over until dinnertime, as well as prepare some fun activities to keep them…
“What does Jake have in his mouth?” my husband asked.
BROOKINGS, S.D. — SDSU Extension is pleased to announce the 20 South Dakotans selected to join the second South Dakota Change Network cohort.
BOZEMAN — Among the many dishes Montana State University serves to its students, staff and visitors, it’s hard to find a recipe that doesn’t include at least one ingredient that came from a Montana farm or ranch.
Bowdle High School senior Maria Beadle painted the blue, yellow and red FFA emblem on the wall of the school’s agriculture education room earlier this month. She talks about why she liked leaving her mark at the school.
It was on page 9A of a Sunday newspaper in May.
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 …
An old idiom states that we’re never too old to learn something new. This certainly proved true for me this summer. Read on for the story.
The Bowdle water tower is getting a news look. A crew is working to repaint the tower, which could be completed as early as the beginning of September.
Scott Schlepp of Ashley, N.D., drives his team, Duke and Duchess, south on Mitchell Street in Roscoe on Aug. 23. Schlepp is hoping to travel from Canada to Brownsville, Texas, in his covered wagon.
Northern Plains Sustainable Ag (NPSAS) is hosting a local food tour in the Fargo-Moorhead area. The event will be held on Sept. 8, and there will be three separate tour locations.