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BROOKINGS — The National Pork Board has recently announced the opportunity to offer and complete Pork Quality Assurance (PQA) Plus and/or Transport Quality Assurance (TQA) certifications virtually. Certified advisors may offer virtual PQA Plus or TQA trainings virtually via webinar to facili…

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BROOKINGS — South Dakota FFA members were recognized at the 92nd South Dakota State FFA Convention for excellence in developing career-specific skills through their Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) Proficiency projects.

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LINCOLN, Neb. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is currently accepting applications for enrollment in the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), the nation’s largest conservation program. Applications for funding this year need to be comple…

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For cattle feeders who have cattle getting close to market, this is a scary time. We don’t know how long we will be backed up for, all we know is that it is nearly certain we won’t be able to market a sizeable number of our cattle in the near future. With this comes many questions about how …

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has started making payments through the Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program — Plus (WHIP+) to agricultural producers who suffered eligible losses because excess moisture in 2018 and 2019. Signup for these causes of loss opened March 23, and prod…

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BROOKINGS — Due to office closures as a result of COVID-19, commercial pesticide applicator testing is currently unavailable at the SDSU Extension Regional Centers and county offices. There are online options available through the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) for both commer…

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HURON — The Northern Plains Water Quality and Wildlife Program is a new funding opportunity available through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). When enrolled, producers are eligible for payment on cropped wetlands, two acres or less in size as identified on the National We…

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BROOKINGS — One of the latest issues to result from the COVID-19 pandemic is the changes in the distillers grain marketplace. SDSU Extension Beef Feedlot Management Associate Warren Rusche explained that COVID-19 mitigation efforts have dramatically reduced the amount of ethanol produced. Ma…

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HURON — USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in South Dakota is holding a state-level sign-up for the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) with the area of consideration in the James River Watershed and within the Prairie Pothole Working Lands Partnership.

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There are days I wish I had a time machine where I could go back and put all my money in Apple, Inc., or stop my teenage self from doing something dumb. On the cattle side, I wish I could go back to 2019. No, not because I enjoyed it — far from that. Rather, if I could go back to June of las…

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PIERRE — Due to the spread of COVID-19, many commercial applicator testing locations remain closed throughout South Dakota. The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) will offer an online commercial applicator test for commercial applicators who need certification and a temporary lice…

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MITCHELL — In 2019, farms and ranches enrolled in the South Dakota Center for Farm/Ranch Management program experienced a decrease in net farm income from 2018, according to data compiled for analysis.  The median net farm income in 2019 was $40,415 compared to $53,888 in 2018. This informat…

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AMES, Iowa — Iowa Learning Farms, a hands-on education and outreach program for Iowa landowners and agricultural producers based at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, and Practical Farmers of Iowa, a statewide organization working to equip farmers to build resilient farms and comm…

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DELMONT — District 1 of the South Dakota Farmers Union will meet starting at 10 a.m. Saturday March 14, 2020, at Black Sheep Bar and Grill in Delmont.

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LINCOLN, Neb. — The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service has funding available through its Source Water Protection Initiative to help landowners install conservation practices. Interested landowners have until March 13, 2020, to apply.

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SIOUX FALLS — South Dakota farm and ranch families who are interested in expanding their livestock operations or building new facilities face a number of questions about county and state permitting, barn construction, nutrient management plans and other topics.

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Agricultural producers now can enroll in the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs — two U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) safety net programs — for the 2019 and 2020 crop years.

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SIOUX FALLS — The South Dakota Corn Growers Association’s 34th annual conference has been rescheduled for Friday, March 27, at the Sioux Falls Convention Center. The event originally was to be held Jan. 18 but was postponed because of a snowstorm.

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HURON — Struggle is part of life. “It’s not so much the struggle, but how you act during the struggle that builds the character and strength necessary to get through the next struggle,” recalls Curtis Johnson, a Miller crop and cattle farmer of the valuable advice he discovered listening to …

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The opportunity to advocate for the needs of South Dakota family farmers and ranchers is the main reason Gettysburg farmer and small business owner Gerri Eide is taking time away from her family, farm and business to attend the National Farmers Union Convention held in Savannah, Georgia, March 1-3.

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BROOKINGS — The 2020 South Dakota Pest Management Guides are now available for free on the SDSU Extension website. The guides provide recommendations for controlling weeds, insects and diseases.

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AMES, Iowa — Small farmers and specialty crop growers often receive a higher price for their products compared to commodity crops. Direct marketing and niche markets usually lead to higher returns per unit.

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The USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) is currently taking applications to enroll environmentally sensitive agricultural land into perennial cover for 10 to 15 years through the federally funded Conservation Reserve Program (CRP).