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News Special: Future of Farming

Oct 30, 2019
SDPB

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?

SDPB

In The Moment ... October 29, 2019 Show 689 Hour 2

What is the future of ethanol and what does it mean for South Dakota's economy? What are the pros and cons of ethanol versus electric power?

We continue our Future of Farming conversation as we look at these questions with Vance Owens, head of the Sun Grant Center at South Dakota State University, and Bill Gibbons, interim head of the Agricultural Experiment Station and Associate Dean for Research for the College of Ag at SDSU.

Corn And Ethanol Producers Upset With Trump Admin

Oct 17, 2019
USDA

South  Dakota corn growers and ethanol producers are frustrated that the Trump administration has rolled back the promise of an ethanol deal that was made earlier this month. The deal would have increased the demand for renewable fuels. 

The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is a federal program that requires transportation fuel sold in the United States to contain a minimum volume of renewable fuels (ethanol). RFS sets the amount of ethanol that refiners must blend.  

The South Dakota Corn Growers Association is among groups praising the Trump administration’s recent move to maintain the Renewable Fuel Standard.

Congress created the RFS to expand the nation’s renewable fuel industry and reduce reliance on foreign oil, but oil companies are often granted exemptions to the standard’s production requirements, which reduces overall demand for ethanol.

SDCGA

In The Moment ... October 7, 2019 Show 674 Hour 2

The South Dakota Corn Growers Association welcomed President Donald Trump's announcement last week that he is directing the Environmental Protection Agency to follow the law and maintain the Renewable Fuel Standard.

Lisa Richardson, Executive Director of the South Dakota Corn Growers Association, talks about the changes and what this means for corn growers and ethanol producers in the state.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

The Renewable Fuel Standard is a federal program authorized in 2005 requiring fuel sold in the United States to contain a certain amount of renewable fuel.  A waiver program was put in place to help small refineries disproportionately affected by these programs.  Some South Dakota corn producers say recent expansion of the waiver program under the Trump administration is having a negative impact on the state’s ag industry.

Scott Stahl is the Vice President of South Dakota Corn Growers.  He says South Dakota has benefited from the renewable fuel industry.

In The Moment ... September 26. 2018 Show 430 Hour 2

There's a growing new market for some of the state's corn crop – and it's right here in South Dakota.  The U.S. Agriculture Department expects a record corn crop this year.

About half goes to make ethanol , and another thirty percent gets exported.

SDPB's Lee Strubinger reported the last 20 percent is going to feed animal in a growing number of concentrated livestock operations.

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In The Moment ... June 12, 2018 Show 356 Hour 1

Is there a pathway for expansion of ethanol markets or are fuel economy regulations in the way? Are those regulations effective for other reasons? To help us understand current EPA rules and to discuss the Renewable Enhancement and Growth Support rule, we're joined by Doug Sombke, President of the South Dakota Farmers Union.

In The Moment ... January 23, 2018 Show 261 Hour 1

2017 was a news-making year of drought in South Dakota. And yet state farmers managed to harvest one of the more productive corn crops in state history.

The 32nd annual South Dakota Corn Growers Association Meeting was held Saturday, January 20 in Sioux Falls.  

Lisa Richardson, executive director of South Dakota Corn, joins us for a recap.

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In The Moment ... April 12, 2017 Show 070 Hour 2

We begin the hour with Dakota Political Junkies Jon Hunter and Noel Hamiel. Today we talk ethanol, land-owner rights, and how not to sacrifice journalistic standards for the sake of speed. Jon Hunter is publisher of the Madison Daily Leader. Noel Hamiel is former publisher of the Mitchell Republic and a member of the South Dakota Newspaper Hall of Fame.

EPA Boosts Ethanol Market

Dec 1, 2016
South Dakota Corn Growers Association

The Environmental Protection Agency is renewing efforts to give ethanol a bigger market. South Dakota officials see this as an opportunity for producers.

The EPA is requiring over 19 billion gallons of renewable fuels to be blended with gasoline by 2017. 15 billion of those gallons are corn based ethanol. The new resolution is actually the same as the EPA’s 2007 goal.

Erin Mairose

Some South Dakota Agriculture industry leaders say federal reforms are increasing the efficiency and transparency of the railroad system.  They say the 2015 reforms help streamline rail freight regulations.

U.S. Senator John Thune held a hearing in Sioux Falls August 11th to listen to area businesses leaders and board members.

State leaders in Ag all voiced support of U.S. Senator John Thune’s Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization Act of 2015.

Oil Seed Crops May Increase With New EPA Standards

Jun 9, 2016

The ethanol industry might need to make way for a new biofuel crop.  The EPA just increased its requirements for the amount of renewable fuel in gasoline.  Researchers working on bio fuel production say South Dakota could become a center for new oil seed crops.

The Environmental Protection Agency just released new federal standards for renewable fuel. These standards increase demands for all biofuels. EPA officials hope the change boosts production in the global market and lowers carbon emissions.

Onida Ethanol Plant Construction Delayed

Jun 2, 2016

A 140-million dollar ethanol plant near the town of Onida is on hold.  Officials with the company Ringneck Energy say they are awaiting an air quality permit from the state.  

Officials with Ringneck Energy say the construction of the ethanol plant near Onida, South Dakota, is at a standstill due to legal and financial obstacles. Walter Wendland is with the company.  He says construction is delayed until at least fall. The project was originally intended to begin this spring with full operations next year.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Advocates for renewable energy say the industry brings economic benefits to the Dakotas. A new report from a coalition supporting renewable fuels shows the industry is responsible for jobs, wages and output in the billions of dollars.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Candidates in two high-profile South Dakota elections are meeting this summer to debate issues important to voters. Friday the South Dakota Farmers Union hosted the most recent discussions among candidates for governor and US Senate. Both debates generated ideas about energy in South Dakota.

A member of the debate audience at the State Fair in Huron wants to know whether U-S Senate candidates support building the Keystone XL pipeline. The proposed route runs through western South Dakota, and the pipe would carry crude oil from Canada to Texas refineries.

Corn: Food, Fuel, And The Future

Jul 23, 2014
POET

Although the first image that comes to mind when thinking of corn is a freshly buttered ear, most corn doesn’t make it to the dinner table. Whole-kernel sweet corn is only about one-percent of the crop. The rest of it is field corn. Some is processed for food ingredients, but it’s primarily used as livestock feed and ethanol.As demand for renewable fuel has grown in recent years, South Dakota has emerged as the fifth largest ethanol producing state with over a dozen biofuel plants.