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Study: Large percentages of healthy trees cut in effort to fight mountain pine beetle

Study: Large percentages of healthy trees cut in effort to fight mountain pine beetle

By Joel Ebert joel.ebert@capjournal.com Reports obtained by Land & Livestock suggest earlier efforts to control mountain pine beetle in the Black Hills may have killed more healthy trees than diseased trees in areas of some counties. Foresters monitoring the success of the campaign against the beetle tested trees cut in […]

by January 28, 2014 0 comments Features, News
New flax business could signal growing niche for specialty crops in South Dakota

New flax business could signal growing niche for specialty crops in South Dakota

By Lance Nixon lance.nixon@capjournal.com An Ireland-based company that plans to process millions of pounds of flax through its new plant in Sioux Falls, mostly grown in Canada, says South Dakota growers could help supply its needs in the future. And the company says flax may be only one of several […]

by January 28, 2014 0 comments Features, News

South Dakota Pork Producers Council announces its 2013 award recipients

SIOUX FALLS — The South Dakota Pork Producers Council recognized several outstanding individuals, organizations and businesses for their dedication to the pork industry on January 8, 2014 during their Annual Pork Congress at the Sioux Falls Ramkota Hotel & Exhibit Hall. Mary Duvall of Pierre received the Dedicated and Distinguished […]

by January 28, 2014 0 comments News

South Dakotan elected vice chair of National Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee

HURON — Travis Gebhart, a young rancher from Meadow, S.D., has been elected by his peers as the Vice Chair of the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Young Farmer & Rancher Committee. The election took place during the American Farm Bureau’s 95th annual meeting held recently in San Antonio, Texas. “This […]

by January 28, 2014 0 comments News

Stephanie Herseth Sandlin joins CoBank Board

Former SD Congresswoman appointed to Four-Year Term DENVER — CoBank, a cooperative bank serving agribusinesses, rural infrastructure providers and Farm Credit associations throughout the United States, today announced that Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, a corporate attorney and former member of Congress from the state of South Dakota, has been named to […]

by January 28, 2014 0 comments News
South Dakota leads nation in sunflower production for 2013

South Dakota leads nation in sunflower production for 2013

By Lance Nixon lance.nixon@capjournal.com As some in the industry expected, South Dakota led the nation in sunflower production in 2013, shouldering its sister state out of the top place as the nation as a whole produced just over 2 billion pounds of sunflowers, down from more than 2.78 billion pounds […]

by January 28, 2014 0 comments News

New SD company launches grass-fed beef effort

By Joel Ebert joel.ebert@capjournal.com NuAgra, a Brookings-based company, will begin selling grass-fed South Dakota beef directly to households throughout the United States starting today – and the company’s beef starts out in central South Dakota. Formed just 10 months ago by John and Kyle Robinson, NuAgra seeks to carve out […]

by January 28, 2014 0 comments News
About light & dark in peace & war & a piece of Vietnam

About light & dark in peace & war & a piece of Vietnam

How Harvey Dunn’s example of serving as a combat artist sent another young South Dakotan off to war Story By Lance Nixon Images courtesy of James Pollock Most days in the open air, James Pollock uses a sketchbook, a Ninji waterbrush and a couple of Rotring pens – one loaded […]

by January 28, 2014 0 comments Features
Researcher: ‘Land ethic continuum’ affects decisions on grassland conversion

Researcher: ‘Land ethic continuum’ affects decisions on grassland conversion

By Joel Ebert joel.ebert@capjournal.com A wide range of attitudes about the land and the role of the producer is driving farmers’ and ranchers’ decisions on whether to convert grassland to crops, a South Dakota State University graduate assistant told a group of ranchers in Pierre. Ben Turner, a Ph.D. candidate […]

by December 20, 2013 0 comments News

Will cattle herds expand due to better prices?

BROOKINGS, S.D. — On the production side of the beef industry, the focus has become whether the nation’s beef cow herd will begin to grow and eventually result in more beef production, said Darrell R. Mark, adjunct professor of Economics at South Dakota State University. “On the demand side of […]

by December 20, 2013 0 comments News