Water rule and risk management tools to be highlighted at area meetings

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Farm Forum

Pierre — Livestock producers are invited to join the S.D. Farm Bureau, S.D. Stockgrowers Association and the S.D. Cattlemen’s Association at any of six area meetings scheduled for Oct. 6-8. Come for a free meal and learn more about livestock risk management tools and the proposed Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule that will impact private property rights.

Meetings are scheduled in Reva, Faith, New Underwood, Philip, Chamberlain, and Winner and a beef meal will be provided at each. Silveus Insurance will demonstrate their software designed to assist landowners in determining how to make the Risk Management Agency’s Pasture/Range Forage (PRF) program work on their farm or ranch. PRF is a relatively new program intended to be the first step in providing crop-insurance-like risk management for grass producers and the Silveus software provides guidance regarding the best insurance periods for individual operations.

Following the risk management presentation, Dale Moore, Executive Director of Public Policy for the American Farm Bureau Federation, will discuss the WOTUS rule recently proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers. He will share why this rule, which proposes to greatly expand the regulatory reach of these federal agencies under the Clean Water Act, should be worrisome for every landowner. Tools will be available on-site for landowners to ask EPA and the Corps to “Ditch the Rule”.

Meetings are scheduled at the following dates and times:

• Oct. 6, 11:30 a.m. – Reva Hall

• Oct. 6, 6:30 p.m. – Faith VFW

• Oct. 7, 11:30 a.m. – New Underwood Community Center

• Oct. 7, 6:30 p.m. – Philip Legion Hall

• Oct. 8, 11:30 a.m. – Chamberlain Community Center

• Oct. 8, 6:30 p.m. – Winner 4-H Center

These gatherings are a joint effort of the S.D. Cattlemen’s Association, S.D. Farm Bureau and the S.D. Stockgrowers Association. Special thanks to these organizations and Silveus Insurance for providing the meals.