Agriculture News

September 24, 2021

Proposed WOTUS rule to reflect pre-2015 definitions

LOUISVILLE, KY – While little is known about how the Biden administration will rewrite Waters of the United States, or WOTUS, definitions, EPA Administrator Michael Regan said exemptions for farming and ranching activities would remain in place. In addition, Regan told state agriculture regulators the agency hopes to have a proposed rule reflecting pre-2015 definitions […]

September 24, 2021

Amount of beef imports from Australia to U.S. declines, prices up

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Reduced supplies and rising demand for ground beef in the United States could potentially be reflected in the cost of fall tailgating parties across the Nation. While the United States is a major global supplier of beef, it also imports beef and processing-grade beef (used for ground beef) to meet a growing […]

September 24, 2021

South Dakota judge sentences family members in grain fraud case

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) —A circuit judge in Beadle County, South Dakota, sentenced the co-owners of H&I Grain to five years in the state penitentiary for fraud in grain marketing. The sentencing came four years after a multimillion dollar grain marketing scam and a cover-up caused missions of dollars in losses to farmers in eastern South […]

September 24, 2021

Temple Grandin celebrated for improving livestock handling

FORT COLLINS, CO -Perseverance. That’s what Temple Grandin hopes people see when they look at the new sculpture of her at Colorado State University’s Animal Sciences Building. “I think what’s really important is inspiring students to persevere,” said Grandin at a recent celebration for the bronze sculpture. The piece, housed within the JBS Global Food […]

September 23, 2021

NFU announces campaign to break up packer monoplies

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Farmers Union (NFU) announced the Fairness for Farmers campaign this week, calling it a grassroots effort to break up monopolies and consolidation in the agriculture industry. Speaking at a virtual press conference, NFU president Rob Larew (along with Congressional leaders and state attorneys general) says the organization was encouraged to […]

September 23, 2021

Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo features Dakota’s best cowboys, cowgirls

Minot, N.D.– The Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo comes to Minot October 8-10 for three performances of action-packed rodeo. It’s the best cowboys and cowgirls in North and South Dakota, said Max Weppler, one of the organizers of the rodeo and a long-time volunteer. Fans will see “the best talent in the Dakotas,” he said, noting […]

September 23, 2021

Wildlife leaders disagree on effectiveness of SD predator bounty program

PIERRE, SD – A former South Dakota Game, Fish and Park leader with vast experience in wildlife management has expressed strong disagreement with current GFP leadership on whether a state predator bounty program protects young pheasants or is the right way to get youths involved in outdoor activities. In an online panel discussion hosted by […]

September 22, 2021

SDSGA Convention: Grazing management, U.S. beef labeling, property taxes all part of discussion, policy

SPEARFISH, SD – The South Dakota Stockgrowers Association (SDSGA) officially wrapped up their 130th Annual Convention and Trade Show with new leadership and state and national policy directives. “Even though we’ve been a little short-handed, we pulled off a great convention,” said SDSGA Executive Director James Halverson. “We’ve had great feedback, and I believe everyone […]

September 21, 2021

Breed association approves gene-edited traits for herdbook registry

DENVER, CO – The Red Angus Association of America (RAAA), a leading progressive breed organization for seedstock beef cattle in the United States, announced today they will provide herdbook registry of Red Angus animals carrying gene-edited traits for heat tolerance and coat color. Both trait approvals by RAAA emanate from specific genetic alterations designed and […]

September 21, 2021

First Interstate Bank, Great Western Bank to merge

BILLINGS, Mont. — First Interstate BancSystem, Inc., parent company of First Interstate Bank, and Great Western Bancorp, Inc., parent company of Great Western Bank, announced they have entered into a definitive agreement under which the companies will combine in an all‐stock transaction. Under the terms of the agreement, which was unanimously approved by both companies’ […]