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I look outside the window of my home, with cornfields lining three sides of my pastured acreage, and I don’t see a cover crop in sight. Come to think of it, I’ve never seen a cover crop in use with my own eyes. I’ve only seen photographs and PowerPoint presentations at farm conferences.
BROOKINGS — An environmental training session for operators of Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations, or CAFOs, is set for Feb. 25 in Huron.
HURON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture will make available $100 million this year through the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) and although applications are accepted all year, farmers, ranchers and forest landowners should submit applications by Feb. 27 to ensure they are considered for this year’s funding (applications received after that date will be considered for future funding).
Most cow-calf beef producers can relate to anxiously waiting until the last of the replacement heifers have calved, being on guard day and night in case one of them should have trouble and need assistance in pushing out her calf.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Today, the Press & Dakotan debuts a column written by Jake Geis, DVM, of the Tyndall Veterinary Clinic. He will write two columns per month: One will be on farm/agricultural matters and the other will be on pet care.
BROOKINGS — The 2015 SDSU Extension Drainage Design Workshops will be held in three locations throughout the region, including Sioux Falls.
HURON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will provide $4 million in financial assistance for South Dakota, North Dakota and Minnesota, farmers and ranchers to help conserve wetlands and improve habitat for migratory birds and other wildlife, control flooding and strengthen rural economies. The funding is available through the Water Bank Program (WBP) and NRCS will accept applications until Feb. 27, 2015.
PIERRE — The South Dakota Value Added Finance Authority (VAFA) announces tax-exempt bonds are available for qualifying beginning farmers. Bond purchasers can potentially save thousands of dollars in federal taxes by investing in a beginning farmer.