ABERDEEN, S.D. — While some have told Lannie Mielke that it's better to deal with too much water than not enough, he disagrees. Mielke lives south of Aberdeen between Brentford and Melette. That farmland is near the James River. It's handling the water well enough. His livestock operation near Conde, however, is another story. "That's the land that's really wet," he said, adding that there's no way to compare the conditions at the two sites. The Conde farm got 7 inches alone in the past week or so, he said, and half of it was from Monday morning's storm.
ABERDEEN, S.D. - Hemp is no longer a controlled substance in South Dakota, but that doesn’t mean farmers can rush out to plant it. The 2018 Farm Bill doesn’t include hemp as a controlled substance, North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring said. But north of the border, farmers will still need to be licensed and pass a background check before they can grow it. And once the crop is in the ground, he said, regular testing is required to ensure tetrahydrocannabinol levels do not exceed the minimum threshold of 0.03 percent.