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4-H has always been a part of Amber Erickson's life. And it continues to this day as she takes on a new role as the 4-H youth development field operations coordinator for South Dakota 4-H. The Minnesota native recently spent the last three years as the South Dakota State University Extension 4-H Youth program adviser for Davison and Hanson counties 4-H, and while she's sad to leave the area she's grown fond of, she looks forward to making a statewide impact.
The weather in 2017 has been nothing but problematic for South Dakota's farmers. Growing season kicked off brutally dry, leaving farmers looking to the sky for any sign of rainfall. Drought-ridden South Dakota did little for the state's crops, especially corn. And when make-or-break time hit in July for corn, the rain still didn't come. By August, rains poured on the state, continuing into September. And now, these same rains that were desperately needed by farmers may have a negative impact.
MITCHELL, S.D. — Area children will soon be more exposed to agriculture in South Dakota. The Davison-Hanson County Farm Bureau awarded officials with $6,000 Tuesday morning at The World's Only Corn Palace, providing three 18.4-inch touchscreen tablets with agriculture-related games.
MITCHELL, S.D. — Despite the rain and a “down economy,” Dakotafest still attracted thousands for the three-day agriculture expo. While official attendance numbers won’t be available until next week, Samantha Castro, the marketing manager for IDEAg Group that hosts the event, said this year was consistent with previous years, with slightly lower attendance on day two.
MITCHELL, S.D. — Prince William is everyone's favorite horse at Reclamation Ranch. The social animal will walk right up to visitors, allowing anyone to pet or feed him. He's one of several horses over 20 years old on the ranch, which sits just a few miles south of Mitchell.
CORSICA, S.D. — Willy Groeneweg and Steve Roduner want people to know that South Dakota cares. On Monday, Groeneweg, owner of Dakota Hay Auction in Corsica, auctioned off donated hay to support Kansas and Oklahoma farmers, whose land was destroyed by wildfires earlier this year. More than 1,000 square miles along the Kansas-Oklahoma border was burned in early March, the largest wildfire in the state's history, according to The Associated Press.
BRIDGEWATER, S.D. — Wearing a prom dress and standing outside with her cow, Rosie, by her side, Jessica Jaeger thought taking a photo in January was a good idea.
MITCHELL, S.D. — One of South Dakota’s top industries is also one of the most dangerous places to work. The National Safety Council has dubbed agriculture the most dangerous industry to work in. “A lot of family farms don’t undergo safety training and yet, they have a lot of hazards on the farm,” said Amber Vandersnick, an occupational safety and health manager with the South Dakota Safety Council. “Every year you hear of people dying in confined spaces.”
ARMOUR, S.D. — After a Minnesota hunter illegally shot at a pheasant too close to an occupied dwelling last week, police say the landowner confronted the hunting party with a gun. At about 6:20 p.m. Friday, a 911 call came in that a group of hunters shot at a landowner's property west of Armour, said Deputy Dustin Palmquist with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. After the shots were fired, it was reported that the landowner, 65-year-old Norman Pope, confronted the hunters with a gun in his hand. Once authorities arrived, Palmquist said all guns were put away.