Tri-County Ag Day is May 27 at Cottonwood Field Station

Farm Forum

BROOKINGS — Tri-County Ag Day is May 27, beginning at noon at the Cottonwood Range and Livestock Field Station (23738 Fairview Rd, Philip, SD 57567).

“The topics selected for Ag Day are ones that we as ranchers in this area currently face,” said Kory Bierle, a fifth-generation rancher from Midland who is part of a steering committee made up of local ranchers who developed the topics, timeframe and agenda for this year’s event. “By reviewing the current situation in the ag sector out here, we decided that information on the farm bill as well as dealing with aftermath of Storm Atlas, and getting our pastures back in shape following the recent droughts and stressful winter would help us all.”

Registration is $25 per person or $75 for family of 4 or more.

Agenda & Details

• Noon to 1 p.m. – Registration and Trade Show

• 1-2:30 p.m. – Farm Bill and Agricultural Policy Outlook,Keynote Address by Dr. Bradley Lubben

Lubben’s presentation will discuss the new farm bill and implications for crop and livestock producers. Lubben will also discuss the broader agriculture policy agenda and how it affects agriculture’s ability to continue its success of serving society’s demands for commercial food production, local food systems, biofuels, and environmental benefits.

Brad Lubben is an Extension Assistant Professor, Policy Specialist, and Director of the North Central Risk Management Education Center in the Department of Agricultural Economics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He has more than 20 years experience in teaching, research, and extension, focusing on agricultural policy and agricultural economics and working in Illinois, Kansas, and Nebraska. Brad grew up on a grain and livestock farm near Burr, southeast of Lincoln and holds degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Kansas State University.

Youth Activities: Tiffany Meyer, Pennington County SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Advisor will have activities for youth ages 6 to 12 during the keynote address and breakout sessions.

• 2:20-2:50 p.m. – Cottonwood Range and Livestock Field Station Research Review

• 2:50-3:20 p.m. – Break and Trade Show

• 3:20-3:50 p.m. – Breakout Session 1

• 3:50-4:20 p.m. – Breakout Session 2

• 4:20-4:50 p.m. – Breakout Session 3

• 5 p.m. – Supper and SDSU ice cream

• 6 p.m. – Bull Pen Session with Breakout speakers

Breakout Sessions (Pick three of the five)

1. Pasutre, Rainfall and Forage and Livestock Risk Protection Insurances

Grady and Bernice Crew from Crew Agency, Ltd will be discussing the ins and outs of Pasture, Rainfall and Forage insurance as well as the Livestock Risk Protection Insurance. Both of these can be risk management tools and Crew Agency can provide insight into how they can be utilized.

2. Knowing Your Soil

Do you know what your soil has to offer the plants that are growing in it? Does it have the capacity to support both long term and short-term pasture or crop production? This session will address the why, how and when questions to know the condition of your soil. Presented by Chris Graham, SDSU Extension Agronomist and Rutendo Nyamusamba, SDSU Extension Agronomy-Crops Field Specialist.

3.Hoping for the Best; Preparing for the Worst-Long-Term Care Planning for You, Your Family and Your Operation

It’s not an easy conversation. There are no certainties, and you’re determined to beat the odds. But intentional planning for long-term care creates options for you, your caregivers and your family. Is long-term care insurance right for me? Can I deduct premiums? What about the new combination annuities and life insurance plans? Can’t I just give everything away and let the government pay for my care? We’ll offer answers to these questions and more, and resources to follow up with your own personalized plan. Presented by Kathy McHenry

4. Ag Estate Planning Why Equal Isn’t Always Fair

Having an understanding of fair vs equal is important to the future of the family farm or ranch. Presented by Quentin Riggins-Attorney with Gunderson, Palmer, Nelson, Ashmore and Associates in Rapid City

5. Drought Recovery in Pastures

Drought is a constant issue for Northern Great Plains rangeland managers; our rangelands are said to be in drought, recovering from drought, or preparing for the next drought. Climate and vegetation production information from the long-term grazing research at the Cottonwood Research Station provides a sound basis to describe vegetation responses to drought cycles and guidance for producers in the development of grazing plans. Presented by Roger Gates, SDSU Extension Rangeland Management Specialist and Patricia Johnson, SDSU Range Scientist.

For more information contact Adele Harty, SDSU Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist at 605-394-1722 or