Michelle Rook / AgweekTV Anchor
REDWOOD COUNTY, Minn. — The trade war between the United States and China continues to escalate and as it does there's growing frustration among farmers in the country. The battle has lasted far longer than expected and recently rose to a new level. President Donald Trump announced the U.S. will be imposing another 10% tariff on $300 billion of Chinese goods on Sept. 1, due in part to the lack of ag purchases made by the Chinese. The president will now delay those tariffs until Dec. 15.
CHESTER, S.D. — The future of soil health, conservation and biofuels were the focus of Environmental Protection Agency regional administrator Gregory Sopkin's recent visit to South Dakota. He toured biofuels plants, tribal nations and various farming operations to get a picture of what agriculture is doing in these areas and how the agency can provide support, especially through various grant programs.
BALTIC, S.D. — The 2019 planting and growing seasons have been near disasters for many farmers across the Corn Belt and that impacts the research that is conducted by agronomic companies. The was the focus at this year's Ag PhD Field Day on July 25 near Baltic in eastern South Dakota. Ag PhD research lead Glenn Herz says the above normal precipitation and historical planting delays for farmers affected their research plots that are in several states in the region.
ABERDEEN, S.D. — Citing good timing for the region's soybean growers, Ag Processing Inc. held the grand opening for its soybean processing plant in Aberdeen on July 17. The $300 million facility is AGP's 10th location and represents the largest investment in the Omaha-based cooperative's history. Its scheduled to begin commercial operations by the end of July. AGP Chief Executive Officer Keith Spackler stated they'll crush soybeans from farmers within a 100-mile radius.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — 2019 has been another challenging year for farmers and ranchers, including the ongoing trade war with China and weather-related disasters. Speaking at the South Dakota Governor's Ag Summit in Sioux Falls, USDA Deputy Secretary Steve Censky says the agency has been nimble and responsive regarding planting delays this spring and historic prevented planting acreage.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Student athletes are learning how to incorporate beef into their diet through the Build Your Base with Beef program. The South Dakota Beef Industry Council and Sanford Sports Science Institute teamed up to offer the program to 27 high school football teams in the state. Thayne Munce, associate director of the Sanford Sports Science Institute, says the program is in the second year of a three-year pilot and so far, it has been a real success.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The next generation of agriculture is not lacking in enthusiasm or passion for the industry, despite some headwinds in the industry. That was obvious from the group of young people South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem invited to join her for a panel discussion on "The Next Generation of Agriculture" at the South Dakota Governor's Ag Summit in Sioux Falls.
FRANKFORT, S.D. — Conservation is a conscious choice for the Johnsons, this year's winner of the South Dakota Leopold Conservation Award. Alan and Mickie, son Brian and wife Jamie farm 1,800 acres of cropland and 500 acres of grassland. The focus on conservation at Johnson Farms started with the decision to go 100% no-till after Alan grew tired of watching the lack of moisture on their farm limit yield potential. "Back when I grew up, it was always dry. You know, we were always struggling with moisture and it just frustrated me so much," he says.
BASSETT, Neb. — The pastures are lush and green in Nebraska, but it masks the loss in the state's cattle herd from the weather-related disasters from two historic bomb cyclones that hit the state. The Nebraska Department of Agriculture estimated total agricultural losses at $1 billion, with livestock losses at $400 million. However, they have yet to release official totals for the number of head of cattle that died during the disaster.
Fargo, N.D. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Quarterly Stocks and Acreage Report held some surprises that shocked the market. Anticipation was high going into the reports due to the unprecedented planting delays across the Corn Belt and the accuracy issues that would create with farmer surveys being done while farmers were still planting.