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.


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.

Avera Health

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.

South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum, Brookings

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.

Avera Health

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.


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. 

Nick Hubbard

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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.

As Farmers Face Stress, New Hotline Offers Help

Jan 9, 2019
Credit Kealey Bultena file photo

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.

South Dakota Farm Bureau Federation

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.


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.


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. 


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. 

The Impact Of 5G Mobile Broadband In South Dakota

Oct 15, 2018
Adria Botella

In The Moment ... October 15. 2018 Show 441 Hour 1

From precision agriculture to autonomous cars, the impact of 5th Generation mobile broadband technology is virtually unlimited.

South Dakota is positioning itself to lead the way to the future. FCC Chairman Brendan Carr recently visited the state. SDPB's Jacquelyn Severin joined In The Moment in Sioux Falls for a recap.

Jackie Hendry

South Dakota State University is moving forward with its new precision agriculture center after a groundbreaking ceremony on Saturday. Stakeholders say the Raven Precision Agriculture Center will make Brookings the “Silicon Valley” of ag innovation.  

Precision agriculture incorporates data analytics, GPS mapping and other courses to help future farmers use new technology to better predict and increase yields.

Small Hog Confinement Brings Unknown To Gregory County

Aug 29, 2018

Pork production in South Dakota has risen by almost 25 percent in the last decade. The South Dakota Pork Producers Council says that’s due in large part to an increased number of hog confinements in the state.

That includes projects like a proposed nursery operation in south central South Dakota.

In The Moment ... August 8, 2018 Show 396 Hour 1

There are a lot of things happening in South Dakota when it comes to agriculture.

There are ag panel discussions, cattle with anthrax and just making sure that your animals have up to date health certificates.

Dr. Dustin Oedekoven is South Dakota's State Veterinarian and he's also interim Ag Secretary.

In The Moment ... July 9, 2018 Show 374 Hour 1

As South Dakota farmers and producers contemplate everything from international trade to anthrax, the South Dakota Governor's Ag Summit is set to convene. 

It's a convention that brings together leaders in business, finance, education, government and production agriculture to showcase the impact of ag on South Dakota's economic development. Dustin Oedekoven is interim South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture. He joined the In The Moment crew with an overview of the Governor's Ag Summit on July 11th and 12th.

In The Moment ... April 20, 2018 Show 320 Hour 1

Author, farmer, and activist Wendell Berry had strong words for proponents of industrial agriculture. He wrote eloquently and prolifically about rural values and the rural economy. A new film looks at his life through his words, and through the rural Americans he spoke to and for.

Directed by Laura Dunn, Look & See: Wendell Berry's Kentucky airs Monday on SDPB-TV.

In The Moment ... March 21, 2018 Show 301 Hour 1 

If you're weary of bad news and political dramas, you might want to consider just how good we have it in the 21st Century. Steven Pinker's new book is called "Enlightenment Now," and it paints a slightly rosier picture of life as we know it than you might see, for example, on the evening news.

But this isn't a Pollyana utopian fantasy. It's a data-driven look at how humans and human-led institutions are making progress on the most complex problems facing humanity . . . and the areas where we are falling short.

Fruit of the Coop

In The Moment ... March 19, 2018 Show 299 Hour 1 

Are backyard chickens livestock or pets? A recent NPR story has ruffled the feathers of South Dakota chicken aficionados. Stephanie Peterson runs Fruit of the Coop. It's a 7-acre farm near the Big Sioux River just outside of Brandon. She also teaches classes on responsibly raising chickens in the region.

In The Moment ... March 13, 2018 Show 295 Hour 2

For five intense days in December of 2017, what became known as the Legion Lake Fire burned fiercely as firefighters battled to contain it.

Jay Wickham is a Fire Management Officer with the Custer State Park Field Office.

We expand the conversation today by including Patricia Johnson. She's with South Dakota State University/West River Ag Center. She specializes in rangeland management.