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JoLynn Podoll joins Farm Forum sales team

JoLynn “Jo” Podoll has joined the Farm Forum and American News team as a sales representative for inside sales, auctions, livestock and retail.

Podoll, a Wecota, S.D., native, grew up on the family farm helping with small grain crops, corn, soybeans and commercial cattle. Her father and two brothers still raise commercial cattle, corn and soybeans. She has two children who were active in 4-H, showing beef for 12 years, and Podoll was the club leader for eight years. She currently lives on a farm near Westport, S.D.

“I look forward to the opportunity to work in the agriculture and livestock industry creating personalized advertising plans and creating bonds with the customers,” Podoll said.

National Anthem singing competition at Minnesota Farmfest

Are you a talented singer attending Farmfest this year? If so, we want you to sing the national anthem to open up the 2018 Minnesota Farmfest.

The winner will be invited to sing the national anthem on the Wick Buildings Farmfest Center stage the opening day of Farmfest, Aug. 7, at 8:15 a.m. The performance will also be amplified across the show grounds, and streamed live on the Farmfest Facebook page. The winner will receive free entry to Farmfest for his/herself and up to three guests for that day.

The deadline to apply is July 6. A YouTube video of the applicant singing the national anthem must be submitted for consideration. The winner will be notified in mid-July. Any individual performer can enter the competition; however, if the applicant is under the age of 18, they will need parental consent. Official rules can be found on the Farmfest website.

— Minnesota Farmfest

South Dakota

Century Farm and Ranch recognition deadline is Aug. 10

HURON, S.D. – The South Dakota Farm Bureau (SDFB) and the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) will again recognize and honor longstanding South Dakota families at the 2018 South Dakota State Fair.

South Dakota families having ownership of their farm or ranch for 100, 125 or 150 years have the opportunity to be honored on Thursday, Aug. 30, during the South Dakota State Fair in Huron.

To qualify as a South Dakota Century Farm or Ranch, a family must have retained continuous ownership of at least 80 acres of original farmland for 100 years or more. If the family ownership of land has reached 125 or 150 years, they may apply to be recognized as a Quasquicentennial or a Sesquicentennial Farm or Ranch respectively. Documentation of the original date of purchase must be included with the application.

Application forms are available online at by clicking “Century Farms” or by calling the SDFB at 605.353.8052. The application deadline is Friday, Aug. 10, 2018.

Since recognition began in 1984, there have been approximately 3,000 farms and ranches acknowledged so far.

— South Dakota Department of Agriculture

MN Gov. Dayton not giving up on

groundwater nitrate reduction rule

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton has directed his agriculture department to move forward with its proposal for reducing nitrate levels in groundwater in farm country, despite an effort by GOP lawmakers to block it.

The House and Senate agriculture committees published notices in the State Register on Monday prohibiting adoption of the rule until after next year’s legislative session, which adjourns May 20, 2019.

But Dayton spokesman Matt Swenson says the Democratic governor believes he still has authority to proceed with the rulemaking.

The rule would create voluntary and mandatory practices to limit seepage of nitrates from farm fertilizer into groundwater. Excessive nitrates can be toxic, especially to babies, and are an expensive problem for some communities.

Dayton says Minnesotans deserve the cleaner drinking water he says the plan will deliver.

Brown County farms and ranches may be eligible for FSA’s


conservation program

Farms and ranches in Brown County might be eligible for cost-share assistance under the emergency conservation program, according to a news release from the Farm Service Agency in Aberdeen.

The disaster program is administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and provides assistance if drought damage is so severe that water available for livestock has been reduced so much that they cannot survive without additional water.

Cost-share assistance is limited to $200,000 per person or legal entity per natural disaster.

Approved practices and measures may include installing pipelines or other facilities, constructing and deepening wells or development springs or seeps for livestock water.

A producer qualifying for assistance may receive cost-share not to exceed 75 percent of the installation costs for permanent measures. Cost-sharing for temporary measures is based on 50 percent of the total eligible cost.

Sign up for the program began June 11, and requests will be accepted until Aug. 10.

For more information or to apply for cost-share assistance, contact the Brown County Farm Service Agency office at 605-226-3360.

— Shannon Marvel, American News Reporter

2018 Teacher Tour – A Day on the Farm set for June 21

South Dakota Agriculture in the Classroom, a program of Ground Works-Midwest, headquartered in Sioux Falls is hosting the first 2018 Teacher Tour. The tour called, A Day on the Farm, is scheduled for June 21 beginning at 7:45 a.m.

Sponsored by the South Dakota Soybean Research & Promotion Council, the teacher tour is available to classroom teachers, farmers, ranchers, agribusiness personnel, and agriculture and community leaders. Certificates for 7.25 CEUs will be issued per request.

Being showcased at the tour is the innovative, digital and interactive 4th grade SDAITC curriculum called the South Dakota Road Trip. This state-wide program, compliant with South Dakota education standards, engages students in lessons, activities, games, and online farm video tours to enhance South Dakota agriculture literacy, awareness, and appreciation.

Tour stops include: Jeff Thompson farm (Colton); Boadwine Farms (Baltic); Hefty Seeds (Baltic); and Stockyards Ag Experience Museum (Sioux Falls). Lunch is at the Falls Overlook Café, sponsored by the South Dakota Soybean Research & Promotion Council.

For the SDAITC 2018 Teacher Tour itinerary go to,, or sign-up, For more information or questions email,, or call, 605-275-9159.

— Ground Works Midwest/SDAITC

State: Marshall Dairy’s manure-spreading practices do not

violate regs

Claims that a Marshall County dairy operation is in violation of state regulations for injecting liquid manure into fields are incorrect, according to the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

Concerned residents living on the Lake Traverse Reservation believe recent liquid manure injecting practices violated federal law, according to an article in the Sota Iya Ye Yapi, the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate newspaper.

The photos were taken May 31 and show liquid manure sitting on top of cropland after it was spread.

The practices displayed in the picture are not a violation of state or federal law, according to Kent Woodmansey, engineering manager for the state’s feedlot permit program with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

“Discussion with Natural Resources Conservation Service agronomists have indicated that depending on the soil conditions, some ponding may occur when injection of manure is occurring, but the manure often soon soaks into the ground,” Woodmansey said in response to the article.

“As long as manure is not leaving the land application field and the producer has followed all of the land application procedures identified in their permit application and the general permit, ponding as shown in the linked photos is not a violation of the general permit,” he added.

Woodmansey said that Marshall Dairy, near Veblen, submitted an application for coverage under the 2017 general feedlot permit and that the sate is currently reviewing the application.

He said if anyone believes a permit violation has occurred, he or she should submit a signed complaint form. Information on the complaint process can be found at

— Shannon Marvel, American News Reporter

Bayer closes Monsanto acquisition

ST. LOUIS — Bayer successfully completed the acquisition of Monsanto on June 7. Shares in the U.S. company will no longer be traded on the New York Stock Exchange, with Bayer now the sole owner of Monsanto Company. Monsanto shareholders are being paid 128 U.S. dollars per share. J.P. Morgan assisted Bayer with processing the purchase price payment for the largest acquisition in the company’s history. According to the conditional approval from the United States Department of Justice, the integration of Monsanto into Bayer can take place as soon as the divestments to BASF have been completed. This integration process is expected to commence in approximately two months.

— Monsanto Company

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