Agriculture News

June 24, 2022

Largest private owner of farmland adds to his holdings with purchase in North Dakota

FARGO, N.D. — The sale of a couple thousand acres of prime North Dakota farmland to a group tied to Bill Gates has stirred emotions over a Depression-era law meant to protect family farms and raised questions about whether the billionaire shares the state’s values. State Attorney General Drew Wrigley has asked the trust that […]

June 24, 2022

State’s ag producers, haulers squeezed by high diesel fuel costs

SIOUX FALLS, SD – Record high prices for unleaded gasoline are getting much of the attention from the public and politicians across the country right now, but an even bigger financial impact is being felt by truckers and farmers in South Dakota who are paying far more at the pump than usual for diesel fuel. […]

June 23, 2022

Cattle market reform bills now head to the full Senate, passage uncertain

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Senate Agriculture Committee approved legislation on Wednesday that would require meatpackers to buy a portion of their slaughter cattle on the cash market — a step intended to ensure fair prices. Another bill will create a USDA special investigator to enforce fair-play rules in the meat industry where only four packers […]

June 22, 2022

U.S. Supreme Court rejects Bayer’s bid to stop Roundup lawsuits

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Supreme Court has rejected Bayer’s appeal to shut down thousands of lawsuits claiming that its Roundup weed killer causes cancer. Bayer says the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) says federal law pre-empts state regulations for different product labels, but the high court said it didn’t agree. This will not […]

June 22, 2022

Meat Institute CEO says no need for legislative reforms in cattle, beef markets

WASHINGTON, D.C. – With the U.S. House and Senate considering legislation to intervene in beef and cattle markets, prices for cattle are at or near record highs calling into question the need for heavy-handed government interference. “Just last week, one cattle marketing analyst described the high prices as ‘stratospheric,’” said Julie Anna Potts, President and […]

June 21, 2022

Montana ranch operation expands to include beef processing, wholesale facility

HARDIN, MT – The Jim Scott Family has been ranching in the state for decades, but in the last two years their operation has grown to include another part of the industry, S Ranch Meats, a custom beef butcher plant and meat wholesaler. The facility where S Ranch Meats is housed was built in 1969 […]

June 21, 2022

Ninth Circuit Court overturns EPA decision that glyphosate is safe

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has  overturned the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) decision that the toxic pesticide glyphosate is safe for humans and imperiled wildlife. Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Monsanto-Bayer’s flagship Roundup weedkiller, the most widely used pesticide in the world. A rural coalition led […]

June 20, 2022

Junior Beef Ambassadors announced in South Dakota

PIERRE, SD- The South Dakota Beef Industry Council (SDBIC) begins year three of the Junior Beef Ambassador program, a program giving area youth, ages 5 to 18, the opportunity to share their beef story. The 2022/2023 program has 51 Junior Beef Ambassadors from across South Dakota. They will be assisting with various SDBIC promotion events […]

June 17, 2022

Extreme heat and humidity kill thousands of cattle in Kansas

TOPEKA, KS – Intense heat that baked Kansas over the weekend is being blamed for killing thousands of cattle — a toll documented in striking images on social media. “The Kansas Department of Health and Environment is aware of at least 2,000 cattle deaths that occurred in the southwest part of Kansas,” Matt Lara, the […]

June 17, 2022

Retailer antitrust suit targets ‘Big 4’ meat packers

CHICAGO, ILL – Tyson Foods, Inc, Cargill Inc. and other major meat producers are using the colossal share of the market to limit beef supplies sold to U.S. wholesalers in order to inflate prices and the profits, supermarket company Giant Eagle said in a lawsuit filed last week in Illinois federal court. Giant Eagle, operating […]