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YANKTON, S.D. — South Dakota's new sales and use tax rebate program is being described as an incentive for livestock development, not a bribe, by South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture Kim Vanneman. "I think this is a great tool in the tool box for counties, for livestock development and we need to be able to do some of these things," Vanneman says.
FARGO, N.D. — The ethanol industry claimed a victory on May 31 with the Environmental Protection Agency's approval of year-round E15. Just one day before the start of the summer driving season, the agency waived the Reid Vapor Pressure rule to allow sales of E15 from June 1 to Sept. 30. However, in the same breath, ethanol officials warned that EPA continuing to grant small refinery waivers negated any of the gains from E15 and undermined the Renewable Fuels Standard.
BROOKINGS, S.D. — More than 2,000 consumers learned more about the dairy industry and how milk and dairy products are produced at Dairyfest 2019 in Brookings, June 1. Dairyfest Committee Chair Darrel Rennich says they started the event six years ago to highlight South Dakota's growing dairy industry and link consumers with the dairy producers and families that produce the dairy products they eat daily.
Planting is running behind normal in the northwestern Corn Belt into Nebraska with the extremely wet winter and spring. Many fields are saturated, have pockets of standing water or are entirely flooded due to the bomb cyclones and additional rainfall the last few weeks. Spring wheat planting in South Dakota has been running well behind normal and as of May 5 was at 19% compared to the 76% average and Minnesota was at 7%, verses the 51% normal pace. Some of those acres will undoubtedly be shifted to corn or other crops, depending on how late the season drags on.
The North Dakota Grain Growers Association has voted to withdraw from the National Association of Wheat Growers. The change will be effective June 30.
MILBANK, S.D. — The push for dairy development in the Interstate 29 corridor has had a huge economic impact in South Dakota. Dairy products annually contribute more than $2.7 billion to the economy, support more than 11,000 jobs, and put more than $555 million in wages into the pockets of South Dakotans each year.
YANKTON, S.D. — Josh and Deanna Johnson completed a 2,400-head swine nursery near Volin, S.D., last summer, but not without pushback from the Yankton County Planning and Zoning Commission and county residents. Deanna Johnson says that is why it is imperative they share their story. The Johnsons, along with several other Yankton County farmers, helped form Families Feeding Families to bring awareness about the impact family farms have on the region. It also is a response to the opposition over several proposed swine operations in Yankton County.
YANKTON, S.D. — The United States has won another World Trade Organization ruling against China, this time for their use of tariff rate quotas for rice, wheat and corn. U.S. trade officials successfully argued China wasn't filling its tariff rate quota requirements, which limited access for U.S. grain exports.
BROOKINGS, S.D.—Tomorrow's brightest young leaders in agriculture converged on the campus of South Dakota State University in Brookings for the 91st annual South Dakota State FFA Convention, April 14-16. More than 2,150 members from across the state took part in various contests, including Career Development Events, to develop the skills needed for careers in various areas of agriculture.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D.—The prolonged period of low milk prices has taken its toll on the nation's dairy industry with the U.S. Department of Agriculture reporting a 6.5% loss in operations between 2017 and 2018. However, the Interstate 29 corridor in South Dakota has still seen fairly steady growth in dairy cow numbers and expansion of key processing facilities. As a result, dairy producers are looking ahead with some optimism. That attitude was apparent among those attending the Central Plains Dairy Expo in Sioux Falls March 26-28.