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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.”

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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.

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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
The office of Dusty Johnson

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.

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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.

As Farmers Face Stress, New Hotline Offers Help

Jan 9, 2019
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Farmers and ranchers deal with high levels of stress, which often leads to anxiety and depression. That’s why Avera Behavioral Health is offering a new 24-hour Farmers’ Stress Hotline dedicated to serving the state’s farmers and ranchers who want help. 

For more than 40 years, Jim Woster visited farms and appraised livestock for the Sioux Falls Stockyards. In that time he got to know plenty of farmers and ranchers, and he understands the way the business can wear on someone’s mental health.

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In The Moment ... December 13, 2018 Show 479 Hour 2

Congress has voted to approve a new $867 billion Farm Bill.  The bill received strong bipartisan support (369-47 in the U.S. House).

President Donald Trump is expected to sign the legislation as early as next week.

South Dakota Farm Bureau president Scott VanderWal discusses the 2019 Farm Bill which, according to reports, will not increase the federal deficit.

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In The Moment ... November 29, 2018 Show 469 Hour 2

The latest installment of the National Climate Assessment was released Friday. It offers dire warnings regarding the impact of a changing climate on everything from agriculture to a greatly expanded wildfire season.

Findings from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology-led Regional Climate Assessment Workshop are included in the national report.

William Capehart leads the Atmospheric Science Program at SDSM&T.

In The Moment ... November 26, 2018 Show 466 Hour 2

South Dakota farmers and producers speak out about the clear, unambiguous labeling of meat. They are asking the federal government to ensure  that lab-cultured protein not be labeled as meat when it is marketed to consumers.

The USDA is accepting public comment on the issue until November 26.

We're joined by Doug Sombke, president of the South Dakota Farmers Union,  and South Dakota producers Brett Kenzy and Scott Kolousek.
 

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In The Moment ... November 19, 2018 Show 463 Hour 1

The first half of this year, Dr. Robert Thaler and his wife Karen spent time in Hanoi, Vietnam. They were there to study and learn abouth their agriculture scene.  As it turned out, they ended up teaching English as well.

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U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue visited three communities in southeastern South Dakota Thursday and spoke about several developments while in the state. 

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After speaking at a forum with ag producers in rural Lennox, Perdue addressed concerns about tariffs from China. He says finding new markets for crops and livestock is a way to respond. Perdue says he has a USDA undersecretary for trade who is charged with helping to open up additional opportunities for farmers beyond China. 

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