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Steve Zwemke

In The Moment ... November 4, 2019 Show 693 Hour 2

An Egyptian trade delegation arrived in Sioux Falls Sunday night. They'll spend part of the week touring eastern South Dakota to visit with producers, technology experts and people in agri-business.

SDPB's Steve Zwemke met with Ambassador Hamdi Saleh and State Representatives Michael Saba and Scyller Borglum to discuss the trade mission and finding ways to bring new dollars into South Dakota.

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In The Moment ... October 31, 2019 Show 691 Hour 1

Tune in to SDPB-TV Thursday night for South Dakota Focus with Stephanie Rissler as she looks at the future of agriculture in the state. Focus airs at 8:00 p.m. Central.

Rissler joins In The Moment to preview Thursday's episode.

News Special: Future of Farming

Oct 30, 2019
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In The Moment has been covering the future of farming all October and today we bring you a special that takes key interviews from the month and brings them together in one podcast.

You'll hear from ag producers, researchers, and scientists that all have a unique perspective on the question: What does the future of farming in South Dakota look like?

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In the Moment ... October 9, 2019 Show 676 Hour 1

What does the future of farming look like? What are farmers doing to stay ahead?

Nick Jorgensen helps run a fourth-generation family-owned and operated farm and ranch. The partnership includes his dad Bryan, his uncle Greg, and cousin Cody. Together they run a hunting lodge and a diverse cow, calf and bull development operation. They also farm a 12,000-acre no-till crop operation growing different kinds of feed and certified seed.

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In the Moment ... October 9, 2019 Show 676 Hour 1

As we contemplate the future of farming in South Dakota, the most important voices are those of the people working the land. Mark Misar farms 10 miles north of Tyndall. He's also the agriculture education instructor for the Bon Homme School District.

Misar teaches his students about the principles of soil health. And since so many South Dakotans are essentially detached from farming, we asked him for a lesson in the basics.

Jackelyn Severin

In The Moment ... October 2, 2019 Show 671 Hour 1

For the last three decades, farms in South Dakota and around the United States have trended towards bigger operations focusing on growing one or two commodity crops.

Proponents of regenerative agriculture aim to reverse that trend by adding more animal and crop diversity in order to make farming more sustainable both economically and environmentally.

SDPB looks at the future of farming this month. Jackelyn Severin brings you this story from Blue Dasher Farms.

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In The Moment ... September 11, 2019 Show 656 Hour 1

The South Dakota Farm & Ranch Stress Summit provides mental health training and suicide prevention while offering tools for counselors, agri-businesspeople, and community members on how to recognize and aid those in the ag community who are experiencing chronic stress.

The Summit takes place on September 23-25 at the Arrowwood Cedar Shore Resort & Conference Center in Oacoma. Krista Ehlert, Assistant Professor and Extension Range State Specialist with South Dakota State University, provides details.

One state lawmaker says he’s bringing a trade delegation from Egypt to South Dakota in October.

Democratic Representative Michael Saba says the state must aggressively look for other markets.

“The state should be more involved in this,” Saba says. “As a state representative of the people, I’m taking it upon myself to represent those people in a direct sense and not wait for the state to put these trade delegations together. We haven’t had trade delegations for years, now, from South Dakota. Part of it is we’re sitting here waiting for business to come to us.”

Joshua Haiar

In The Moment ... August 7, 2019 Show 632 Hour 1

Agriculture provides a $32.5 billion economic engine for South Dakota. A July study from the South Dakota Department of Agriculture reports there are 29,968 farms and 48,913 total producers in the state.

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... August 1, 2019 Show 628 Hour 2

In March, the Stockyard Ag Experience named a new executive director. Abby Bischoff brings many years of marketing and nonprofit management experience, plus some impressive 4-H credentials.

Bischoff has a passion for both Sioux Falls and agriculture. She says the Ag Experience is growing and now offers free admission. 

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In The Moment ... July 30, 2019 Show 626 Hour 2

U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson is in South Dakota for the August work period. Johnson is Ranking Member of the Agriculture Subcommittee on Nutrituion and Oversight.

After recent hearings on SNAP benefit eligibility requirements, the USDA issued a rule to reform the process. Johnson discusses changes in broad-based categorical eligibility.

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In The Moment ... July 30, 2019 Show 626 Hour 1

South Dakota farmers affected by trade issues and adverse weather can now begin receiving payments as part of the Trump Administration's $16 billion farm aid package.

How were the figures determined, what's the process for receiving paymets and how are they being disbursed?

Kevin McNew, chief economist with the Farmer's Business Network visits about the impact of the new farm aid package.

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In The Moment ... July 17, 2019 Show 617 Hour 1

Last week, Lake Preston farmer Paul Casper was recognized as the 2019 Governor's Ag Ambassador. Governor Kristi Noem announced Casper as the Ag Ambassador Award winner in June.

Casper grew up on his family's farm in Lake Preston where he farms today with his son. A key player in South Dakota's soybean industry, Casper has served as president of the South Dakota Soybean Association. His dedication to agriculture has also gone hand-in-hand with protecting our natural resources.

Dusty Johnson Introduces FEEDD Act to Congress

Jun 18, 2019
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Wet weather threatens regional corn and soybean production and the state’s livestock producers are concerned about providing feed for their cattle.

South Dakota’s Congressional Representative Dusty Johnson has introduced the FEEDD  Act, a bill allowing farmers to harvest cover crops, used to hold soil in place, earlier in the year.

Johnson says plant prevention insurance claims are made when farmers are prevented from planting crops and they are expected to plant a cover crop on the unutilized acres.

Dusty Johnson Introduces FEEDD Act to Congress

Jun 18, 2019
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Wet weather threatens regional corn and soybean production and the state’s livestock producers are concerned about providing feed for their cattle.

South Dakota’s Congressional Representative Dusty Johnson has introduced the FEEDD  Act, a bill allowing farmers to harvest cover crops, used to hold soil in place, earlier in the year.

Johnson says plant prevention insurance claims are made when farmers are prevented from planting crops and they are expected to plant a cover crop on the unutilized acres.

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In The Moment ... May 14, 2019 Show 575 Hour 1

Trade battles between the U.S. and China have escalated, South Dakota farmers are feeling the crunch.

Evert Van der Sluis is an agricultural economist with South Dakota State University. He joins us today with perspective.

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South Dakota State University researchers say saturated buffers provide a cost-effective way to remove water.

The three year study shows 90 percent of nitrate removal is possible in the right places.

In 2015 and 2016, SDSU researchers installed two saturated buffers, one near Flandreau and Baltic. Both had riparian buffers near waterways, which filter nutrients from surface runoff.

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It’s been a tough spring for the state’s farmers and ranchers.  Wide-spread flooding earlier this year has pushed back planting--and that’s just the most recent challenge for South Dakota’s ag producers. Financial uncertainty can lead to anxiety and depression. But now there’s some help for farmers and ranchers, and those who work closely  with them. 

Walt Bones runs a family farm about 15 miles southwest of Sioux Falls. He grows corn and soybeans and raises cattle. It’s another rainy spring morning when he answers my call from his truck near his fence-line feed bunks.

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The extreme weather systems that caused wide-spread flooding in the state are only the most recent challenge for South Dakota’s ag producers. Financial uncertainty caused by low commodity prices, trade disputes, and delayed planting can contribute to anxiety and depression symptoms. With that risk in mind, some ag bankers are taking it upon themselves to refer clients to mental health resources.

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In The Moment ... April 29, 2019 Show 564 Hour 2

Niels Hansen brought plants from the far corners of the world to the plains of South Dakota. Not only was he a horticulturist, he was also and explorer who improved the lives of farm families across the upper Great Plains by expanding their choice of varieties for cold and drought hardy forage and fruit crops. Gwen McCausland is the Director of the South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum in Brookings. She joins us with today's Images of the Past.

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The Farmer’s Stress Hotline is seeing an increase in calls after multiple weather systems impacted the upper Midwest. Avera Behavioral Health began offering the 24-hour service dedicated to farmers and ranchers in January.

Karl Oehlke is a Physician Assistant in psychiatry with Avera in Sioux Falls. He says he’s heard from callers across the region, including an increase from the northeastern corner of Nebraska and parts of Minnesota.

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In The Moment ... April 1, 2019 Show 547 Hour 2

Stephanie Rissler's guest on the last South Dakota Focus was South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture Kim Vanneman. They discuss challenges facing producers in the state.

Vanneman grew up on a ranch near Chamberlain and studied ag business at South Dakota State University. After graduation she and her husband took over the Vanneman farm and ranch near Ideal. She served in the legislature for six years before Governor Kristi Noem picked her to be the first female Ag Secretary in South Dakota. 

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In The Moment ... March 27, 2019 Show 544 Hour 1

In rural Iowa, a 700-acre certified organic farm dedicated to sustainable agricultrure serves as a model for community-based food systems around the world. The operation is run by Ron Rosmann, his wife and their three sons.

Rosmann was the Morning Fill Up guest at The Garage in Rapid City Wednesday morning, a presentation of the Numad Group. Rosmann visits about extreme weather conditions and the changing realities of agriculture in America.

To hear the Morning Fill Up conversation with Ron Rosmann, click play below.

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In The Moment ... March 26, 2019 Show 543 Hour 2

South Dakota state climatologist Laura Edwards joins us for a look at the Spring outlook. The forecast is wet and cool, which may offer additional challenges for ag families.

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In The Moment ... March 26, 2019 Show 543 Hour 1

Rural ag families are being impacted by the recent flooding in South Dakota. Curt Ulmer ranches near Menno and his operation has been affected by the rising waters. Today he talks about his experience this far and what he's gone through in the past.

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In The Moment ... March 26, 2019 Show 543 Hour 1

Amy Freeburg and her husband farm near Gayville, South Dakota. She talks with us today about the affect the flooding is having on their operation.

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In The Moment ... March 26, 2019 Show 543 Hour 1

Jennifer Strait and her family live between Murdo and White River, where the Big White and Little White Rivers converge. She joins us to discuss the recent flooding and its long-range impact.

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In The Moment  ... January 29, 2019 Show 504 Hour 2

The trade war between the U.S. and China is far from over. South Dakota farmers await resolution as recent developments in American/Chinese relations further complicate the conversation and have many wondering whether the battle over tariffs will get worse before it gets better.

South Dakota Farmers Union president Doug Sombke shares his opinions and concerns.

In The Moment  ... January 29, 2019 Show 504 Hour 2

The trade war between the U.S. and China is far from over. Meanwhile, Governor Kristi Noem has laid out plans to kickstart the ag economy in South Dakota.

Farm Bureau president Scott VanderWal visits about the latest ag news which includes Representative Dusty Johnson's appointment to the House Ag Committee in Washington, D.C.

Steve Munsen

In The Moment ... January 10, 2019 Show 492 Hour 2

Kim Vanneman is South Dakota's new Secretary of Agriculture under Governor Kristi Noem.

She joins In The Moment at the State Capitol in Pierre to introduce herself and discuss current issues facing farmers, ranchers and producers in the state.

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