News Special: Future of Farming

Oct 30, 2019

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?


In The Moment ... October 15, 2019 Show 679 Hour 2

South Dakota Public Broadcasting and In The Moment continue our series on the future of farming. Kevin McNew, Chief Economist for the Farmers Business Network, discusses the challenges of the 2019 harvest season while providing an outlook for 2020. He also discusses the news of a possible trade deal with China.


In the Moment ... October 9, 2019 Show 676 Hour 1

What does the future of farming look like? What are farmers doing to stay ahead?

Nick Jorgensen helps run a fourth-generation family-owned and operated farm and ranch. The partnership includes his dad Bryan, his uncle Greg, and cousin Cody. Together they run a hunting lodge and a diverse cow, calf and bull development operation. They also farm a 12,000-acre no-till crop operation growing different kinds of feed and certified seed.


In The Moment ... October 8, 2019 Show 675 Hour 1

South Dakota Public Broadcasting takes an in-depth look at the future of farming in South Dakota. Throughout October, we explore technologies that are radically changing farming practices, we examine innovative responses to variable climate, and we meet the people who are preserving the land, saving the farm, and feeding the planet.

Today we begin laying the groundwork regarding climate trends in South Dakota. State Climatologist Laura Edwards joins In The Moment from the Tom and Danielle Aman Foundation Studio in Aberdeen.

In The Moment ... August 7, 2019 Show 632 Hour 2

Payments to farmers feeling the impact of the U.S. international trade war have begun. South Dakota farmers have long said they want access to markets rather than a bailout. But with no USMCA and no trade deal with China in sight, for some farmers, those subsidy dollars could mean the difference between bankruptcy and another year in business.

Where are the dollars going?

Don Carr is Senior Advisor for Environmental Working Group Midwest. He shares the EWG's analysis on how federal subsidies are distributed.

Joshua Haiar

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.


In The Moment ... July 31, 2019 Show 627 Hour 1

The South Dakota Department of Agriculture says even during down times, agriculture continues to thrive.

The 2019 Agricultural Economic Contribution Study shows an economic contribution of $32.5 billion from the state ag industry. And while the number of farms in the state declined by 6% since 2012, livestock inventory is on the rise.

Rick Vallery joins In The Moment. He's the senior advisor for South Dakota's Department of Agriculture. 

In The Moment ... July 30, 2019 Show 626 Hour 2

As farmers in South Dakota wait for money from the Trump Administration's farm aid package to ease the sting of closed international markets many farm families are saying, "We've been here before."

Blue Dasher Farms opens the doors for a field day featuring regenerative agriculture practices on August 10 beginning at 2:00 p.m. It's an approach to future farming with an eye toward the past.

Jonathan Lundgren is CEO of Blue Dasher Farms.


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.


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.

Crop Insurance Options

Jun 4, 2019

In The Moment ... June 4, 2019 Show 588 Hour 2

Wet conditions last fall, the mid-April snow, and the recent rain are keeping South Dakota farmers from getting their crops into the fields.

Jack Davis, a crops business management field specialist with South Dakota State University Extension's district office in Mitchell, discusses crop insurance and what options farmers have when the weather is on it's own schedule.

Charles Michael Ray

Officials with the South Dakota Animal Industry Board recommend animal producers vaccinate their herds against anthrax as they turn their cattle out to pasture this summer.

Several cases of anthrax are reported every year.  Last year seven herds were affected state-wide.

Anthrax is a deadly bacterial disease affecting a wide range of livestock.   It can also spread to humans.

Dr. Dustin Oedekoven is the state veterinarian and Executive Secretary for the South Dakota Animal Industry Board.

Kristen Kilmer

In The Moment ... April 9, 2019 Show 552 Hour 2

Farm methods in South Dakota may have been different in the 1800's, or were they?

Brian Stambaugh gives a talk on older farming methods and ancient grains Thursday at 12:00 p.m. at the Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center in Deadwood.

Stambaugh grew up on a dairy farm near Nisland. He owns Belle Valley Ancient Grains. 

Lee Strubinger

In The Moment ... April 9, 2019 Show 552 Hour 2

Times are stressful in agriculture. The impact is wearing on South Dakota farmers, ranchers and their families.

SDSU Extension is hosting programs uniquely designed to provide healthy stress management strategies as well as support strategies when dealing with the impacts of chronic stress or working with those suffereing from chronic stress.


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.

SDPB/Chris Laughery

In The Moment  ... January 29, 2019 Show 504 Hour 1

Frigid temperatures and dangerous wind chills have added risks for those who must spend time outside.

In South Dakota that includes farmers, ranchers and their livestock. SDPB's Heather Benson is one of those farmers impacted by the late January cold and she joins In The Moment.

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.

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.

The Livestock Conservancy

May 8, 2018

In The Moment ... May 8, 2018 Show 332 Hour 2

Can a farm animal go extinct? What's the role of heritage breeds in modern farming and ranching? How does genetic diversity of livestock preserve the history of our nation and the future of our food supply?

Ryan Walker and Brian Larson, representatives of The Livestock Conservancy, answer those questions.

In The Moment ... April 18, 2018 Show 318 Hour 1

It's been more than a month since President Donald Trump threatened to put tariffs on more than one-thousand imported Chinese goods.

China shot back with proposals for tariffs of its own, including on US soybeans.

It's currently unclear if either country will follow through with their threats. One thing is certain - the international discussion impacts farmers in South Dakota.

SDPB's Jackelyn Severin asks South Dakota farmers how they are dealing with the uncertainty.

Annual Farm Show In Vermillion

Jan 5, 2017
Dakota Farm Show

Agriculture Producers from all over the region are coming to Vermillion this week to see the latest in research and technology. The 2017 farm show is going on in the Dakota Dome on the University of South Dakota campus. This is the show’s 34th year. Farmers and ranchers can inspect everything from the newest tractors to field drone services.

Hawks for U.S. House

As one of South Dakota's largest industries, agriculture sows its way into the political landscape. Paula Hawks is the Democratic nominee for the U.S. House of Representatives. She cites country-of-origin labeling and loss of USDA's Conservation Reserve Program acres as major issues in state agriculture. She discusses the agriculture conversation in Washington, the Farm Bill, and preparations for the November election.

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service South Dakota

The Leopold Conservation Award is given each year to a private landowner dedicated to ethical land practices. Cronin Farms won the South Dakota award this year. A farm tour demonstrated what the operation is doing to improve the environment.

The pheasant is not only important in South Dakota for its cultural value, but also for what it contributes to the economy. In 2015, more than 150 thousand hunters harvested more than one point two million pheasants in South Dakota. Nearly 85 thousand hunters came from out of state. They poured millions of dollars into local economies. South Dakota isn’t a pheasant destination by accident.

Hemp Bill Falls On Legislative Hurdle

Feb 18, 2016

A panel of state legislators has turned down a bill to legalize industrial hemp.  The bill passed the house by a large majority, but hit a wall in its first hearing before the Senate Ag and Natural Resources Committee.

Proponents say hemp doesn’t contain THC, the component in marijuana that produces a high.  They say hemp can be a good source of income for farmers, and add that surrounding states are out competing South Dakota.   

Dakota Digest for December 18, 2015

Dec 21, 2015

On this week's edition of Dakota Digest, state leaders are talking weekly with federal officials as they work on a change that could prompt Medicaid expansion in South Dakota. Also, eastern South Dakota is continually getting wetter, and a group of 7th and 8th graders celebrate Human Rights Day. All these stories and more on this week's episode of Dakota Digest.

A new initiative aims to help South Dakota landowners maintain wildlife habitat on their property. Habitat Pays is a joint venture between the state departments of Agriculture and Game Fish and Parks.

Spearfish Local Aims To Grow Business

Oct 14, 2015

A program through Black Hills State University has landed $100 thousand dollar USDA grant to put more local food on the menu in Spearfish.  

The grant helps build a new business that can move fresh local fruits and vegetables from farmers to cafeterias at nearby schools, hospitals, and other facilities.

Dakota Midday: Pollinator Habitat

Sep 9, 2015

Pete Berthelsen, Director of Habitat Partnerships for Pheasants Forever, joined Dakota Midday guest host Joe Tlustos to talk about the importance of pollinator habitat, changes happening to South Dakota's landscape and considerations for pollinator habitat within the context of wildlife habitat and farming practices.  Berthelsen, a wildlife biologist with more than 30 years of experience, brings his expertise and insight to South Dakota State University in a presentation tonight at 7:00 p.m. at the McFadden Biostress Lab.