National Farmers Union Calls on Congress to Uphold COOL Funding

National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson is calling on members of Congress not to attach additional clauses to appropriations bills.

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National Biodiesel Board Concerned Over Approval of Argentinian Imports

National Biodiesel Board leaders are calling on EPA to reconsider their recent decision allowing Argentinian biodiesel imports into the United States under the Renewable Fuel Standard.

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South Dakota Farmers Union Pleased With Legislative Results

The 2015 South Dakota Legislative session ended on Monday with lawmakers wrapping up business and considering vetoes issued by the Governor.


Financial and Technical Assistance Available Through NRCS

Tuesday, Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that USDA is providing $ 332 million in financial and technical assistance through the Agricultural Conservation Easement program.


Legislation to Support Livestock Expansion and Maintain Local Zoning Control

Nebraska Cattlemen Association members are supporting LB 106, the Livestock Operation and Siting Expansion Act.


USDA Says Less Corn More Soybeans, but Bigger Stocks

The USDA Acreage and Quarterly Stocks Report contained a few surprises. The agency estimated corn acreage at 89.2 million acres…


Local Dairy Industry not Concerned With Heinz Kraft Merger

The proposed merger of Heinz and Kraft Foods isn’t a concern for local dairy industry representatives. Agropur of Hull, Iowa…

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Rules Change for Ethanol Blends

Senators Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Rand Paul of Kentucky have introduced the Fuel Choice and Deregulation Act.


Dunkin Brands Calling for Animal Welfare Changes

Dunkin Brands is the latest restaurant company to call for improved animal welfare standards.

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Corporate Farming Law Change in ND Meets Opposition

Opponents to North Dakota’s new corporate farming law change are working to take the issue to the voters.

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SD Attorney General Wants Changes to EPA Greenhouse Gas Rule

South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley who chairs the National Attorney General’s Association has joined 18 of his colleagues in writing EPA asking them to withdraw their proposed Greenhouse Gas rule.

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Mustang Pass Sow Unit Holds Open House

More than 500 people attended the open house for a new 52-hundred head sow facility near Brookings, South Dakota on…


Hogs and Pigs Report Mildly Friendly

Friday’s Quarterly Hogs and Pigs Report confirmed industry expansion, but didn’t show as big an increase in the breeding herd…

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Farmers Discuss Family Farms with Pope and Cardinals

Several Farmers Union leaders had an opportunity to have an audience with POPE Francis and meet with some Cardinals as well as with rural Italian groups recently.


Crop Insurance Avoids Budget Cuts

Corn grower groups and most farmers are breathing a sigh of relief following action last week by the Senate during their budget resolution process.


Comprehensive Plan Released to Combat Antibiotic Resistance

Friday, the White House released a comprehensive plan that identifies critical actions to be taken by the federal government to combat the rise of antibiotic resistant bacteria.


Farm Program Sign-Up Extended

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack has extended the Farm program sign up for Agricultural Risk Coverage or Price Loss Coverage until April 7.


Nebraska Farm Bureau Leader Testifies Against WOTUS

This week Morrill County Farm Bureau President Jeff Metz who farms and ranches in the Nebraska panhandle testified in front of the Senate Ag Committee.


Anthrax Found in Stanley County, South Dakota

The South Dakota Animal industry Board is investigating the death of two replacement heifers from a cattle herd in Stanley County.


Pork Producers Incoming President Testifies Against COOL

This week Iowa pork producer John Weber, President Elect of the National Pork Producers Council testified in front of a House Ag Subcommittee.

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SD Prison Inmate Missing

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A prison inmate from the Yankton unit has not returned.

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Yankton Initiative To Offer $10,000 For Next Big Idea


A new group called “Onward Yankton” has been teasing what they have been calling a new initiative for the community.

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Sediment In Lake An Issue

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The amount of sediment flowing into Lewis and Clark Lake from the Niobrara River have groups struggling to find a solution.

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Camping Reservations Being Taken


With warm weather around the corner, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department is gearing up for vacation season and already getting reservations for camping sites at many of the state parks.

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Nebraska Senate Debates Gas Tax

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A bill that would increase the gas tax in Nebraska by six cents a gallon will be up for debate this week.