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President Donald Trump didn't make any friends in the agriculture industry Thursday. Trump announced $60 billion worth of annual tariffs on Chinese imports in a retaliatory move for China's assumed theft of American intellectual property. But the tariffs didn't settle well with the South Dakota Corn Growers Association.
Lance Koth made it crystal clear that a new grassroots group in Davison County in South Dakota isn't against the concept of wind energy. They just prefer turbines find the right home. The group is called Citizens for Responsible Development, a small nonprofit organization made up of a core team of approximately 15 to 20 people interested in wind energy systems.
MITCHELL, S.D. - Get ready to welcome more hogs to Davison County in South Dakota, as many as 4,800 more hogs to be exact. The Davison County Commission approved permits for two concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) at Tuesday's regular meeting, one in Tobin Township and the other next door in Lisbon Township.
DAVISON COUNTY, S.D. - Stop us if you've heard this one before. Neighbors aren't sure a proposed concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO) in Davison County in South Dakota is the right fit for their area. But unlike other CAFO projects, the opposition isn't because of the sight, smell or sound of the operation.
Producers should expect to see changes to a popular federal commodity payment program under the next farm bill. During a Wednesday meeting of the South Dakota Soybean Association in Sioux Falls, adviser to U.S. Sen. John Thune and farm bill veteran Lynn Tjeerdsma said the Agriculture Loss Coverage-County (ARC-CO) program isn't going to cut it for growers in the future without some adjustments.
FULTON, S.D. — In the wake of tragedy, residents in the small southeast South Dakota town of Fulton just outside of Mitchell showed the true spirit of their farming community. Between the Bender family's soybean and corn harvests, the family patriarch was killed in an automobile crash in late October. The death of Robert Bender, 57, shook the small town to its core, marking the loss of a man beloved in the area and involved in several Hanson County organizations.
MITCHELL, S.D. — If not for Jerry Rubendall, Poet's presence in Mitchell, S.D., may have remained a pipedream. What started as a group of investors each throwing $200 into a hat to hire a lawyer to bring an ethanol plant to town, as Rubendall put it, turned into the Poet Biorefining plant that towers over any structure on the horizon. Among those investors was Rubendall, a 76-year-old third-generation farmer determined to make his vision a reality.
There's a bright side to the bad weather that scorched the fields of farmers this season. Despite an improved outlook backed by a break from the early summer sun, corn production is forecasted to drop in South Dakota this year. But U.S. Sen. John Thune, a South Dakota Republican, sees a ray of hope amid an arduous season in agriculture.
PLATTE, S.D. — Llamas and rabbits and yaks, oh my. The 52nd annual "One of a Kind Sale" was held at the Platte Livestock Market on Saturday, bringing hundreds to the small South Dakota town to view and purchase an array of odd or exotic animals not typically seen at a common consignment sale. And despite it's 52nd go-round this February, event organizer Lonnie Sharping said the huge turnout shows there's a need for an event like the One of a Kind Sale.
MITCHELL, S.D. - Two of Mitchell's city websites are getting a makeover. The city of Mitchell intends to launch a pair of new websites Friday, one for the city itself and a separate site for the Corn Palace. The sites were created through CivicPlus, a company that exclusively creates government web pages. City Administrator Stephanie Ellwein said the city spent $29,193 to purchase both the new sites and a mobile application. The city had budgeted $35,550 for the sites and app.