In The Moment ... June 17, 2019 Show 597 Hour 1

Forage stocks in South Daktoa are running low. How does the soggy spring impact livestock down the road, and what kind of relief is available for farmers and ranchers from Congress?

U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson explains the bipartisan efforts in Washington to answer the call for South Dakota producers.

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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 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 ... December 3, 2018 Show 471 Hour 1

South Dakota farmers have been receiving payments from the Federal Government to cover losses incurred by the current trade war with China - more than $19 million.

But, in an investigative report by South Dakota News Watch's Bart Pfankuch, one agriculture industry official says the assistance is just a "Band Aid" that won't cover financial losses resulting from the disrupted market.

In The Moment ... July 2, 2018 Show 370 Hour 1

Some years the corn is knee high by now. Other years it feels like you're up to your knees in water. Farmers and producers in Southeast South Dakota are dealing with wet conditions and flooded fields.

SDPB's Brad VanOsdel has been talking with people impacted by the wild weather.

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Schools and producers are working to feed kids with local crops. A federal grant worth $24,158 helps educate stakeholders on the Farm to School movement. The project brings local ingredients to school food programs.

Farm to Table restaurants aim to bring local foods directly to diners. Schools have a similar program to connect students with products raised nearby.

Sandra Kangas is the South Dakota Department of Education’s director of Child and Adult Nutrition Services. She says Farm to School improves access to local foods.

Lori Walsh interviews Sara Wyant who recently presented at the South Dakota Agriculture Summit. She joins us today to discuss the Rural Route to the White House. We’ll talk about vital issues to South Dakota farmers and ranchers and the agriculture platforms of the presumptive nominees for president. Wyant is President of Agri-Pulse Communications, Inc., a diversified communications firm with offices in Washington, D.C., and Camdenton, Missouri. As a veteran farm policy reporter, she is well recognized on Capitol Hill, as well as with farm and commodity associations across the country.

The Mayor of Sioux Falls is hosting his 3rd annual Big Sioux River Water Summit Thursday. Conservationists, city officials, and agriculture specialists are discussing projects to improve the water quality near the Big Sioux River.

Jesse Neyens is an environmental analyst and water quality specialist with the city of Sioux Falls. He says this year the Mayor decided to host the summit in Brookings hoping to engage more people in the discussion of water quality.

Bob Glanzer grew up on a farm northeast of Huron with dreams of becoming a world champion bull rider, but fourth place in the regional high school rodeo was about as close as he got. Instead he became a teacher, and helped with the rodeo club at Wessington Springs High School. He later served as manager of the South Dakota State Fair in the late 1970s and was superintendent of the grandstand stage shows and events for two decades. During his first year as manager, he had to rush out and buy boots for country Johnny Cash minutes before the country music legend took the stage.

Farm Bill Very Close To Passing Legislation

Jan 30, 2014

The House of Representatives passed a new farm bill on Wednesday, setting the stage for final passage of a new five-year farm bill that has been stalled for over two years.  The bill passed the House by a vote of 251 to 166.  The Senate is expected to take up the bill later this week.  Negotiators from the House and Senate, including South Dakota Congresswoman Kristi Nom spent several weeks working out their differences on issues in the legislation, including cuts to food stamps, income caps on farm subsidies and a price support program for dairy farmers.

Economic Impact Of Early Blizzard On SD

Oct 22, 2013

Silvia Christen, executive director of the South Dakota Stockgrowers Association, says an early October blizzard that killed tens of thousands of cattle in western South Dakota will have a staggering economic impact. Christen told the Rapid City Council that the direct economic impact of the cattle loses could be half a billion dollars, and the indirect impact could be $1.7 billion. A relief fund set up in the wake of the October 4th blizzard that dumped up to 4 feet of snow in the region has about $300,000 in donations so far. This afternoon, U.S. Senator Tim Johnson, U.S.


US Representative Kristi Noem says she is continuing to make progress in re-opening the government. She has plans to visit the white house on Thursday to speak with the President.

The Government shutdown is now in its second week, and in the views of the American public, little progress seems to have been made at this point. Noem says it’s very important for President Obama to communicate at this critical time.

Dakotafest Underway In Mitchell

Aug 20, 2013

Dakotafest connects industry leading manufacturers/providers with ag producers. Because agriculture is such a significant part of South Dakota's economy, the state's political leaders often focus on farming. This continues to be true this summer with congressional debate over a new Farm Bill. Of course, no one knows better about rural operations than the farmers themselves. SDPB's Kealey Bultena speaks from Dakotafest in Mitchell and what farmers have been saying about the farming season.

"Changing Lands, Changing Hands"

Jul 23, 2013

As older farmers retire, their land will change hands, but who takes over and how that happens will reshape the agriculture industry. NET News and Harvest Public Media examine changing trends in land ownership and what they mean to farm families and rural communities in "Changing Lands, Changing Hands," airing Friday at 9:00 pm Central on SDPB-TV.

TRCP Launching Conservation Exchange

Jul 8, 2013

The Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership is launching an exchange this summer between South Dakota farmers and ranchers and Louisiana Gulf fishermen to seek solutions to conserve America's native prairies and coastal waters. The Exchange will involve three South Dakota farm couples traveling to Cocodrie, Louisiana in July for a three-day educational outing.

Farming Conditions For South Dakotans

Jun 11, 2013

According to Laura Edwards, SDSU Extension Climate Field Specialist, "The state's soil moisture profile has benefited from the recent rains over the last two weeks, even though there have been some heavy events that generate a lot of runoff. The outlook shows potential for warmer conditions to return on the two-week timeframe as high pressure builds over the Plains, but we are wondering an active pattern on the north side of the state.

"Soybean Sudden Death" Disease

May 30, 2013

Farmers with flooded fields have another disease to worry about. SDSU Extension says a dozen fields in the state showed traces of "Soybean Sudden Death" disease. South Dakota State University Extension Plant Pathologist Connie Strunk tells SDPB's Gary Ellenbolt that the southeast is primed for a large outbreak of the disorder.