BATH, S.D. — The South Dakota FFA Foundation named the annual “FFA Family of the Year” award, honoring a family's long-term involvement in the SD FFA/Agriculture Education program.
BATH, S.D. — The Brad and Kathy Sanderson family of rural Lake Preston has received the South Dakota FFA Foundation’s 2021 “Family of the Year” award. The award honoring a family’s long-term involvement in the SD FFA/Agriculture Education program was presented April 12 at the state FFA conve…
ALBANY, N.Y. — Legal marijuana is coming to New York and hemp farmer Samir Mahadin sees it as a potential lifeline.
BATH, S.D. — The blue corduroy jacket is a familiar symbol of the FFA organization, worn as part of official dress during most FFA activities. On April 12 at the South Dakota FFA convention in Rapid City, as part of a South Dakota FFA Living to Serve Day, members removed their jackets and ro…
Farming would seem to be one occupation that Black Americans could find refuge from discrimination. Consumers choose their fruits and veggies by their size and vitality, unconcerned about the hands that raised them. How different America would be if agriculture were that ultimate meritocracy…
PIERRE, S.D. — Like most South Dakota farmers and ranchers, Craig Rau has witnessed both dry-as-a-bone and overflowing rain gauges the past few years. The extreme weather swings have understandably caused stress in the state’s farm population, but Rau hasn’t felt the same level of stress man…
EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. — During the beginning of the pandemic, as many people were trying to grasp what exactly COVID-19 was, Eugenia Alexander decided she’d start growing produce for her family and the community at her Glen Carbon home. She thought she needed it for survival.
WEST BURLINGTON, Iowa — Nestled between shopping centers, row crops and car dealerships, an organic nonprofit farm is gearing up for its sixth growing season in an effort to combat hunger locally while teaching the community about food culture and sustainable farming practices.
We all saw the empty shelves and sparse freezers. As the pandemic reached cities and towns across the U.S. last spring, many shoppers were left wondering where their food was and when it would reappear in grocery stores.
Dale Benson is trying no-till and cover crops in a region of North Dakota where many farmers have been quick to say, “those practices don’t work here.”
PIERRE, S.D. — For many producers, knowing that soil health is important just isn’t enough. The challenge for them is how to pay for it.
MONETTA, S.C. — Pink is a prominent part of the picture for a couple of weeks in March around portions of Edgefield, Saluda and Lexington counties in South Carolina, and that time recently arrived for thousands of acres.
BROOKINGS, S.D. — While last year’s South Dakota State University Little International was canceled due to COVID-19, several traditions were still honored, including naming the 97th Little International Honored Agriculturalist, Donna Moenning. Moenning was recognized alongside the 98th recip…
A 4-H crop judging team of youth from Grant, Sargent and Stark-Billings counties placed first in the senior division of the North Dakota state 4-H crop judging contest at Valley City.
My former neighbor did not have a green thumb.
SUMNER, Neb. — Greg Ibach’s three-plus years as U.S. Department of Agriculture undersecretary for marketing and regulatory programs in Washington, D.C., ended at 11:59 a.m. Jan 20.
PIERRE, S.D. — “We feel like if we get the moisture that God gave us and leave it where it’s supposed to be, we can get through most any year,” Barry Little says. His son Eli, who’s farmed with him at the family farm near Castlewood for more than 10 years, says the secret to that is a system…
Spring planting is a few months away and soon many gardeners will be starting their garden seeds indoors.
A day after the Windy Fire consumed more than 2,000 acres of owned and leased winter and spring pastureland, and 1,500 round bales on the Ham Ranch, friends, neighbors and even some strangers began showing up ready to fence.
VALLEY CITY, N.D. - Ryan Hanna has had a variety of roles at the North Dakota Winter Show in Valley City.
Youth are our future. In recognition of this truth, South Dakota Farmers Union highlights three ambitious 20-somethings who are just starting out in their agriculture careers. Their passion for the industry, drive and work ethic are inspiring. And if they have anything to do about it, the fu…
Stephanie Jung used to schedule kidding for after the New Year. Then, the purebred Boer goat breeder realized if she moved the date back a few weeks, she and her husband, John, would have some help.
Denim & Dust 4-H club had its meeting via Zoom on Feb. 14.
VALLEY CITY, N.D. — The woman behind the activity at the North Dakota Winter Show in Valley City started her Winter Show attendance as a baby in a car seat, stashed under the table at the craft show.
BROOKINGS, S.D. - SDSU Extension recently launched a community changing volunteer program called the Master Health Volunteer Program. Similar to the Master Gardeners or Master Food Preserver, programs also offered through SDSU Extension, a Master Health Volunteer becomes certified to provide…
The first step to growing a great garden is to sow great varieties.
Farmers are the answer to climate change. This belief drives Alex Michels, the recipient of the South Dakota Farmers Union Foundation $2,500 Graduate Scholarship.
When you ranch and have five young children, it takes more than talent and an exceptional horse to qualify for the National Finals Rodeo, explains barrel racer Jessica Routier.
When COVID-19 first hit, Illinois farmers Adrienne and Drew DeSutter weren’t sure how the pandemic would affect their lives. Farmers already deal with a lot of uncertainty and lead isolated lives, they said.
VALLEY CITY, N.D. — There haven’t been very many North Dakota Winter Shows that Jannene Janssen has missed.
On Super Bowl Sunday, I planted my first trees for 2021.
BROOKINGS, S.D. — By 2030, one in five Americans will be in the 65 and older age group. Some will embrace the milestone and look forward to the years to come, while others will diverge, only seeing the negatives in their next chapter of life. However, Leacey Brown says 65 isn’t the magic num…
This Friday, meet Mike Davidian, a fourth-generation farmer and owner of Davidian Farm in Northborough, Mass. Founded in 1918, the farm now spans about 150 acres, producing apples, peaches, corn, tomatoes, peppers, a variety of cucurbits, and pumpkins.
Although wheat stem maggot has been a concern for some Nebraska farmers who plant corn directly into a growing cover crop, entomologists at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln want farmers to scout their fields before adding an insecticide to the herbicide during cover crop termination.
Driving conditions were challenging as Brandt, S.D., farmer Tyler Brown made his way south to the Texas Panhandle this December.
In 2019, an enormous influx of painted lady butterflies found their way to northeast Nebraska. They covered roadways, fields, and gardens. Driving through a kaleidoscope of painted ladies, sometimes called a flutter or swarm, on a rural road one evening, Lin Brummels was struck by the multit…
As the seasons change, we try to spend the most time we can outside before darkness forces us indoors.
AMES, Iowa — Iowa’s rural communities and families are still coping with the uncertainty and stress produced by the COVID-19 pandemic and financial worries continue to contribute to farmers’ anxiety.
PIERRE, S.D. - The virtual 2021 Soil Health Conference on Jan. 6-7 offered more than 400 attendees the chance to hear conservation advice and encouragement from a lineup of soil health experts and innovators:
NORTHWOOD, Iowa - Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host a free “Mental Health Resiliency” Virtual Lunch and Learn meeting from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 4. All are invited, but pre-registration is required.
BROOKINGS, S.D. — Four South Dakota pork production systems were recently recognized for their outstanding contributions to the state’s swine industry. The 2020 South Dakota Master Pork Producer winners were announced Jan. 13 during the 52nd annual South Dakota Pork Congress in Sioux Falls.
DES MOINES, Iowa — Monika Owczarski, who turned a dilapidated city park into an urban farm, is now working to turn her Des Moines neighborhood into a place where nobody goes hungry.
I love feeding the birds in the winter.
ROCHESTER, Pa. (AP) — Ten years of planning, 10 years of want ads and hope and worry ended one day in October when Don Kretschmann realized it wasn’t going to work; no one was going to step in.
BOOTH, Ala. — As a child, Prattville native Jeffrey Lee remembers playing in cotton fields. These days, his own son and daughter run in a much different crop.
Meet the multi-generational family owners of Wright’s Dairy Farm and Bakery, one of the oldest dairy operations in northern Rhode Island. They focus on cow comfort, value-added products, and accommodating the needs of their customers.
A 2014 meeting in Aberdeen shared information about a nervous system disorder in sheep that might someday help people who suffer from Huntington’s disease or Parkinson’s disease.
Gardening catalogs are arriving in the mailbox and my inbox is flooded with emails from seed companies touting the newest vegetable cultivars.
AMES, Iowa — The number of grandparents and older relatives who are caring for children, sometimes referred to as grand-families or kinship care, is significant and growing.
AMES, Iowa - Professionals who work with children and families can gain additional tools to help couples build healthy relationships during a virtual training in February.
AMES, Iowa — Orchids are a popular and colorful addition to any home setting. In this installment of Yard and Garden from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Aaron Steil, associate director of Reiman Gardens, answers some common questions about how to care for and grow orchids at h…
Let’s do a little mental exercise today.
Ask McIntosh ranchers Shari and Dennis Evenson about their off-ranch careers, and Dennis describes what they do as working in “national food security.”