Selena Yakabe, Forum News Service
PIERRE, S.D. -The potential future loss of the state’s wildlife habitat leaves South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks officials concerned for the future of wildlife. This year, there were 42,352 acres of South Dakota land submitted by landowners for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) during general sign-up. Of the land offered, 101 acres were accepted in South Dakota, said Mark Norton, the hunting access and farm bill coordinator for GF&P, on Monday.
STICKNEY, S.D. — Winter wheat yields have been good for Joel Wieczorek, a farmer in the Stickney area. Still, he's just hoping to break even because of the low market.
South Dakota may see a rising number of vacancies in agricultural jobs and related fields, but there will not be enough specifically trained students to meet the demand. Approximately 58,000 annual job openings in food, agriculture, renewable natural resources and environment fields are expected to occur across the U.S. through 2020, according to a study released by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
HAMILL, S.D. — Farmers and ranchers in South Dakota are facing the consequences of less-than-ideal rainfall this summer. "You kind of just want to look up to the sky and say, 'What did I do wrong?' " said Monty Larson, a rancher from Hamill.
DIMOCK, S.D. — In its first-ever celebration, Dimock Dairy marked 85 years of making cheese in Dimock by shutting down Main Street on Saturday and offering food, music and other activities. Though, Paul Weidenbach, of Dimock Dairy, said the celebration holds more significance than celebrating 85 years of cheesemaking.
SIOUX FALLS — Farmers need to adapt to changes. That was the message during an annual meeting of three agricultural organizations this week in Sioux Falls.