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NDSU Extension providing bus to Manure Expo

If you’re planning to attend the North American Manure Expo in Brookings, S.D., Aug. 15-16, North Dakota State University Extension can help you get there.

NDSU Extension’s livestock environmental management team is renting a bus that will leave from Jamestown, N.D., early the afternoon of Tuesday, Aug. 14, and return to Jamestown the evening of Thursday, Aug. 16. North Dakota’s Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program, the North Dakota Stockmen’s Association and Ransom County Soil Conservation District are covering the cost of the bus rental.

The bus has 55 seats. The cost is $150, which includes a seat on the bus and lodging for two nights (double occupancy). Expo attendees will be responsible for meals, tours and incidental expenses.

Visit to reserve a seat on the bus.

— NDSU Extension

Nominations sought for SD Ag Woman awards

The South Dakota Women in Agriculture board of directors is seeking nominations for two awards to be presented at the annual South Dakota Women in Ag conference in October. The South Dakota Ag Woman of the Year award is open to all women who are involved in agriculture. The South Dakota Young Gun of Ag award is open to women who are 25 years old or younger. Nominees must be South Dakota women involved on the farm, ranch, as an ag-educator, or in another facet of the agriculture industry.

“Our annual awards are a fun way to spotlight some very talented and hardworking ag women who are making a difference in our industry,” says Amy Pravecek, board president, South Dakota Women in Agriculture.

Printable and online forms can be found at The nomination process is open through Sept. 9.

A review committee will select finalists from the nominations received. Finalists will be announced on the South Dakota Women in Ag Facebook page in September. Award recipients will be announced during the conference program on Oct. 11 at The Lodge, in Deadwood

For more details about the award – or to learn more about the annual conference, visit or visit the organization’s Facebook page.

— South Dakota Women in Agriculture

Beef Industry Military Appreciation Day planned for July 24

The North Dakota Stockmen’s Association (NDSA), North Dakota CattleWomen and North Dakota Beef Commission will be joining forces again this year to salute active servicemen and women and their families during the 14th annual Beef Industry Military Appreciation Day at the North Dakota State Fair July 24 in Minot, N.D.

The popular event will include a free roast beef picnic for active duty, reserve and National Guard members and their families, along with kids’ games, face painting and doorprizes.

The picnic will be located near the Commercial II Exhibit Building on the State Fairgrounds. It begins at 11 a.m. and will continue until 1 p.m. or until the food is gone.

“North Dakota’s cattle ranchers are proud to host the Beef Industry Military Appreciation Day,” said NDSA President Warren Zenker, a rancher from Gackle, N.D. “It’s a chance to say thanks to our nation’s heroes and to give them a great beef-eating experience so they can advocate for our product wherever their travels take them.”

Nearly 1,500 servicemen and women and their family members were honored during the Beef Industry Military Appreciation Day last year.

— North Dakota Stockmen’s Association

Soybean acres in South Dakota a record, but corn acres down

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota farmers planted a record soybean crop this year, though corn acres are down in the state.

The Agriculture Department’s recent acreage estimates put South Dakota soybean acres up 1 percent from 2017 to 5.7 million, and corn acres down 9 percent to 5.2 million.

Winter wheat acres are estimated at 830,000, also down 9 percent from a year ago.

Other South Dakota crops with estimated increases in acres are oil sunflowers, sorghum, oats, safflower, proso millet, flaxseed and alfalfa hay.

Other crops with estimated acreage decreases are confection sunflowers and dry peas.

Man seeking damages from hitting escaped cow can sue the farmer

A Fillmore County, Minn., man can sue a farmer for injuries he sustained after he hit an escaped cow wandering on a highway, the Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled on July 9.

Shane Reasner was driving at night when he hit a black cow that had broken through a closed pasture gate. The district court threw the case out based on the testimony of farmer Ross Goldsmith and the fact that he didn’t knowingly let his cattle roam. The court also concluded it was unforeseeable that the cattle would escape because Goldsmith inspected the gates weekly.

Goldsmith had previously testified that he closed the pasture gate that night, but the cow went through the outer road gate, which was assumed to be open. He also said only one of the 25 cattle and calves got out. And he said only one other cow had broken out of the fencing since 1958.

But Travis Dickinson, who lives near the farm and was riding with Reasner during the accident, said he was aware of cattle escaping three times in 2010 and 2011.

Reasner and the cow were hurt, according to the ruling.

State law prohibits livestock owners from letting animals “stroll, wander, rove or ramble at will without restraint or confinement.” The ruling said that the district court shouldn’t have dismissed the case because a jury would have had opposing facts that they would have had to sort through.

— By David Chanen, Star Tribune (Minneapolis)

Minnesota farm must stop interstate sales of medicated meat

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal court has ordered the owners of a Minnesota farm to stop distributing adulterated meat in interstate commerce.

According to a consent decree filed on July 9, the Meech Dairy Farm in Sebeka is permanently barred from distributing meat that has been medicated with new animal drugs above legal limits. Federal authorities say high levels of these drugs in meat poses a public health risk.

A Food and Drug Administration inspection also found that farm owners Todd and Patty Meech didn’t keep proper records about medication dosage and other information.

As part of the consent decree, the Meeches must implement a quarantine to separate medicated and unmedicated animals before they can resume distributing meat interstate.

A phone call to the Meeches went unanswered on July 9 and a message could not be left.

SD Farm Bureau to host Hawaiian luau at Turner County Fairgrounds

Celebrate summer with South Dakota Farm Bureau (SDFB) at a Hawaiian luau on July 18 from 6-9 p.m. at the Farm Bureau Building on the Turner County Fairgrounds in Parker, S.D. The SDFB Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) in that area are hosting the event along with local county Farm Bureaus.

“Our goal is to share the Farm Bureau story with younger folks involved in agriculture and utilize the new building at the fairgrounds,” said Sarah Benson, SDFB YF&R state committee member from Hurley, S.D. “Not many people have been to a Hawaiian luau before, so we thought, ‘why not have some fun and bring it to the fairgrounds?’”

The family-friendly event will include music, food and games. Attendees that come dressed in Hawaiian attire are eligible for prizes. The luau is open to anyone interested in agriculture and learning more about Farm Bureau.

“This is a great way to get more people into the new building and introduce more young people who are involved in agriculture, to Farm Bureau,” said Richard Vasgaard, Turner County Farm Bureau president.

For more information on the luau contact Sarah Benson at 712-577-3087.

— South Dakota Farm Bureau