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WINNER, S.D. — Despite declining a matching grant to build an agriculture learning center on the Winner, S.D., School District campus, the project is not dead. The Winner School Board last week decided not to use a $332,460 South Dakota Workforce Education matching grant, according to Winner Superintendent Keven Morehart, but is looking for alternate options to fund the project.
Brad Greenway is ready for life to slow down a bit. For the past year, the former National Pork Board's America's Pig Farmer of the Year has been traveling across the United States, speaking to various groups about the pork industry. In total, he's been away from his Mitchell farm for approximately 40 of the past 365 days. And while that may not seem to be overly significant, that's a lot of time away for Greenway, he said. But every day — including his first as the Pig Farmer of the Year — has proven to be busy.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D., — To many, Jeff Broin has changed the world. Thirty years into a career in biofuels, Broin has built POET from a one-plant operation that started in Scotland, S.D., to today's 28 plants that produce more than 1.75 billion gallons of ethanol annually, making POET the largest producer of biofuels in the world.
MITCHELL, S.D. — A major blow to income has hit South Dakota farmers for the second year in a row, fresh data shows.
BONESTEEL, S.D. — Let the fire burn. A mass of cedar trees along South Dakota's largest body of water has diminished grazing land for animals, which has caused a local organization to dub the area a "cedar glacier" and prompt area fire departments to ditch traditional practices.
The Rock Creek Livestock bull sale is an annual, one-day event, but preparation for the Mitchell, S.D., operation's sale spans nearly two years. On Feb. 23, Kevin Geppert, head of the operation, his son, Weston, and their families will put their years of hard work on display for buyers. This year's annual bull sale, which is in its 16th year, will be at 1 p.m. at the Gepperts' ranch, which is southwest of Mitchell about two miles.
Precision farming is good for habitat conservation. That's what a panel of four experts said Saturday during the annual Pheasants Forever State Meeting held in Mitchell. During the meeting, the panelists discussed improvements that have been made in precision farming since the Governor's Pheasant Habitat Summit in December 2013. Eric Johannsen, of a pheasant-hunting resort Johannsen farms, near Tolstoy, provided insight to precision farming and the effects its implementation has had on the family-owned business.