What you need to know about the West Nile Virus

Many parts of South Dakota have been experiencing a very wet summer and with that brings an increase in our mosquito population and a higher chance of contracting the West Nile Virus. Below are some facts, provided by the South Dakota Department of Health, on how you can identify and protect yourself from the virus. […]

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Heat Safety Tips for the Farmer or Rancher

With temperatures beginning to reach their summer peak, it is important that we keep in mind best practices when working in the heat. Regardless of the temperature, chores on your farm and ranch still have to get done. Here are four tips to help keep you protected from the heat this summer: Stay hydrated Drink […]

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Summer Break: Keeping Children Safe on the Farm

Summer time is upon us and many kids are home, ready to spend their holiday on the family farm. While a farm is a great place to raise a child, a farm parent’s number one priority is always keeping their children safe while they do what they love. Keeping in mind certain small details that […]

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Staying Safe on the Farm: Severe Weather Tips

  (Photo of calf shed destroyed by the June 16 tornado at Chris Johnsen’s farm 10 miles northeast of Miller.) Last week parts of South Dakota where hit hard by heavy rain fall, severe winds and even the touch down of two tornadoes in Hand County. This recent weather has been a reminder that the […]

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Media Mergers and Net Neutrality: What does this mean for you?

This week marks historic developments in internet evolution. The Federal Communications Commission’s repeal of the Obama Administration’s net neutrality rules took effect Monday, almost six months after the vote to role it back. And on the heels of that repeal a federal judge ruled in favor of AT&T’s $85 billion acquisition of Time Warner. What exactly […]

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Three Tips on Managing Farm Related Stress

It’s no secret that farming is a high-stress occupation. Farmers are facing record low farm incomes, forcing them to make difficult decisions when it comes to the future of their farms. For some farmers the stress of their occupation becomes too much and begins to take toll on their mental health.  At these times of […]

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New Legislation: What you need to know about the Improved Soil Moisture and Precipitation Monitoring Act

South Dakota’s U.S. Senator John Thune recently proposed legislation that could change the way drought is dealt with across the country. The Improved Soil Moisture and Precipitation Act, introduced to Congress on May 23, works to address concerns in respect to the monitoring and consistency of rainfall data.  This rainfall data is used by USDA […]

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ELD Rule Update: Introduction of Bill to Reform Hours of Service Rules

The recent introduction of the Transporting Livestock Across America Safely (TLAAS) Act is warmly welcomed by many of South Dakota’s livestock haulers. The bill works to reform federal Hours of Service (HOS) rules, mitigating challenges that are presented to haulers with the current HOS rules. The bipartisan bill was introduced on May 24 by Senators […]

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CONSERVING SOUTH DAKOTA: GOVERNOR’S CANDIDATE QUESTIONNAIRE

  South Dakota’s natural resources directly impact the economy, quality of life, health and heritage of our state. Conservation of these grassland and water resources depends on the diverse and sustainable ranches, farms, and communities of SD. The following list of questions presented to the three candidates for Governor reflects some of the most important […]

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Big Win for South Dakota Agriculture

South Dakota State University Precision Agriculture project has been funded. One of the big WINS for agriculture this year in the South Dakota Legislature.  Renovations and remodeling for Berg Hall will have to be raised by SDSU but they have funding for the new building and authority for the whole project and can proceed. Thank […]

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