Agriculture News

March 1, 2021

No clear La Nina forecast for Dakota’s, Minnesota

FT. COLLINS, CO – While it has taken awhile, the long predicted La Nina climate impact seems to have taken hold. Those effects will linger for a while yet. Becky Bollinger, Colorado Assistant State Climatologist moderated a recent North Central Region Climate update. She says March temperatures should follow a La Nina pattern.  “Most of […]

March 1, 2021

House defeats bill for state to join Interstate Coop Meatpacking Compact

PIERRE, SD – The South Dakota House, on a 37 to 30 vote, defeated HB 1219 known as the Interstate Cooperative Meatpacking Compact. South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association Executive Director Jodie Anderson whose group opposed the bill, says while on the surface the measure looked good would have created more problems than it would have solved. […]

March 1, 2021

Stockgrowers, Wall Meats, Edoff Ranch provide local beef to Boys Club

RAPID CITY, SD – A special beef delivery was made to the Rapid City Club for Boys through a collaboration of supporters who want to put locally-produced meat on the tables of local people. Wall Meat Processing, Wall, SD, helped launch the first Beef-to-School Program in South Dakota two years ago. It allows for locally […]

March 1, 2021

CFAP sign up extended, legislation introduced on ag PPP

WASHINGTON, DC – Along with an extension by the USDA to the deadline for ranchers and farmers to apply for another round of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), at least one congressman has introduced legislation to provide producers with more flexibility in applying for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). American Farm Bureau recently asked […]

February 26, 2021

$15 million restitution ordered for fraud case reaching into multiple states

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Restitution of more than $15 million has been ordered in South Dakota for the man who defrauded wholesale seed distributors by passing off non-organic products as more expensive organic goods. An earlier sentencing document had not listed the amount of restitution for Kent Duane Anderson, of Bradenton, Florida. Restitution has […]

February 26, 2021

WDT partners with Wall Meat Processing to offer new degrees in meat processing

RAPID CITY, SD – Western Dakota Technical (WDT) College is excited to announce a new partnership with Wall Meats that is sure to benefit many in this region. WDT and Wall Meats are working together to implement a Meat Processing instructional program at the college. The collaboration was approved by the WDT Board of Trustees […]

February 26, 2021

Ag community pulls together to support ranchers impacted by wildfire

LEMMON, SD – A day after the Windy Fire consumed more than 2000 acres of owned and leased winter and spring pastureland, and 1500 round bales on the Ham Ranch, friends, neighbors and even some strangers began showing up ready to fence. “They came for a week straight. A bunch of guys showed up without […]

February 25, 2021

Resolution passed in support of country of origin labeling

PIERRE, SD – The 96th South Dakota Legislature unanimously passed Senate Concurrent Resolution 604, “A Resolution to Support Trade Negotiations to Remove Barriers to Country of Origin Labeling.” This resolution updated a similar resolution from previous sessions to be more pertinent to current and future U.S. Administrations. “We would like to thank State Senator Gary […]

February 25, 2021

South Dakota rancher tapped to head USDA Farm Service Agency

WASHNGTON, DC – Zach Ducheneaux has made history as the first Native American to be named Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator. The Biden Administration on Feb. 19 announced Ducheneaux’s appointment to lead FSA, a division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Established in 1994, the FSA is responsible for providing loan guarantees and disaster relief […]

February 24, 2021

Vilsack confirmed as US Agriculture Secretary

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Senate on Tuesday voted 92-7 to confirm former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack as secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Vilsack is returning to the department after leading the USDA under the Obama administration for eight years. He also served as governor of Iowa from 1999 to 2007. Not all […]