agriculture

Kealey Bultena SDPB

The lack of snow this past winter and limited rainfall this spring have created severe drought in the state for the first time in a year-and-a-half. The U.S. Drought Monitor Index released last Thursday shows drought conditions continue to worsen across South Dakota. More than 77 per cent of South Dakota is in moderate or severe drought,  an increase from 69 per cent from the previous week.

SDSU Extension

A new $5 million drainage water management research project is exploring the economic and environmental benefits, as well as costs, of on-farm water storage. The project is investigating practices that can reduce crop losses from increasing drought and can improve water quality from drained farmland.

SDSU Extension Water Management Engineer Chris Hay is among researchers from seven other Land Grant universities participating in the project funded by the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Chris Hay joined Dakota Midday and discussed the water research project.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated two million people in the United States are infected with antibiotic resistant bacteria each year. Of them, at least 23 thousand die.

USDA

The director of USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture was in South Dakota last week talking with biotech scientists and ag faculty. Sonny Ramaswamy spoke at the 2014 Livestock Biotech Summit in Sioux Falls and a seminar and forum and at South Dakota State University in Brookings.

Food Roundtable Promotes Collaboration

Nov 13, 2012

A group of food producers and suppliers gathered Tuesday to discuss safety, availability and cost. The food roundtable in Sioux Falls brought together farmers, retailers, processors and other people in food service. They’re talking about ways to keep the country’s food safe and affordable.

Alcester farmer Steve Rommereim specializes in corn, beans, hogs and cattle. He says producers realize consumers have choices; that’s why collaboration among food industries is essential to maintain quality standards and practices.