Ag Business Briefs
Brittney Bulson is new Farm Forum sales
The Farm Forum is pleased to announce that Brittney Bulson has been hired as a new sales representative. Bulson comes from a background in agriculture, livestock, and transportation. Her family raises Registered Simmental cattle and farms corn and soybeans outside of Houghton, S.D. Growing up, she was involved in 4-H, showing livestock. She continued to follow her agricultural passion by pursuing a bachelor of science degree from North Dakota State University, majoring in public relations and advertising and agricultural communications. Prior to joining the sales team at the Farm Forum, she worked at several transportation companies in North Dakota.
As a sales representative for the Farm Forum, Bulson notes, “I have always enjoyed creating ads and am excited to combine that with my passion for agriculture and livestock.”
Brittney lives outside of Claremont, S.D., and is married to her husband, Brandon. They have one daughter – Rylee.
Public hearing for Day County hog permit is April 24
Day County officials will consider approving a permit for a new hog operation that could have as many as 2,400 head, according to a public notice.
The permit is for a concentrated feeding operation that would be 2 miles west of Lily near the intersection 425th Avenue and 152nd Street in Day County.
The hogs would weight more than 55 pounds, according to the notice.
The public hearing will be April 24 during the Day County Planning and Zoning meeting at 9:15 a.m. in the board room at the Day County Courthouse, 711 W. First St., Webster.
Thad Duerre submitted the conditional use permit application.
Anyone wishing to comment or object to the permit application must appear in person before the planning commission or explain concerns in detail in a letter to the commission. Letters may be sent to Dari Schlotte, Day County Planning and Zoning Director; 711 W. First St., Suite 203; Webster, SD, 57274.
— Staff reports
Spink County feedlot looks to expand
United Feeders is applying for a state permit that would allow an expansion of an existing concentrated feedlot operation in Spink County.
The permit would increase the operation’s maximum number of beef cattle from 7,100 head to 10,000, according to a public notice on the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources website.
The feedlot is 4 miles east and 2 miles south of Frankfort.
Brad Fehr, chairman for Riverview LLP, submitted the application.
There are no proposed changes to the existing operation’s manure management system, which consists of piping, diversion dikes, eight sediment basins, two holding ponds and 100.53 acres of drainage area, according to the application.
Manure and wastewater would be applied to fields in Frankfort and Harmony townships.
A public notice for Riverview United Feeders’ application is online at denr.sd.gov/des/fp/publicnotices/unitedfeederspn.pdf. Comments can be submitted online at bit.ly/2q63rcq until May 3.
Written comments concerning either proposal can be mailed to the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Feedlot Permit Program; Joe Foss Building; Pierre, SD 57501.
For more information on the feedlot application, contact Paul Wegleitner at 605-773-3351.
— Shannon Marvel, American News reporter
Man fatally trampled at Minnesota farm
HEWITT, Minn. (AP) — Sheriff’s authorities say an 85-year-old man has died after he was trampled by a cow at a farm in Otter Tail County.
Officials say Delbert Horn, of rural Hewitt, was trying to tag a calf on April 8 when he was trampled.
Emergency responders were unable to revive Horn.
Minnesota wineries’ lawsuit over source of grapes dismissed
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by two Minnesota wineries over a law that restricts the source of grapes they can use.
Alexis Bailly Vineyard and Next Chapter Winery are farm wineries, meaning they can sell their products to wholesalers, retailers and directly to consumers as long as 51 percent of the grapes or grape juices come from Minnesota.
The wineries claimed that requirement is unconstitutional and hurts their business. They plan to appeal.
The state argued the wineries could seek exemptions, or could apply for a different license — which wouldn’t have the same grape restrictions but also wouldn’t allow them to sell straight to the public.
U.S. District Judge Wilhelmina Wright dismissed the case, saying the wineries have a choice and can get the manufacturer’s license to avoid their asserted injury.
Hog farm proposal denied
The Spink County Planning and Zoning board denied a temporary permit Tuesday for a new hog operation. The operation would have had as many as 7,728 head, according to a public notice.
The denied permit was for a concentrated animal feeding operation to be built north of Doland at the intersection of state Highway 37 and 166th Street, according to Spink County Planning and Zoning Director Jamie Wagner-Lutter.
Arrow Farms submitted the temporary concentrated animal feeding operation permit application.
— Shannon Marvel, American News reporter