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The Alzheimer's Association reports 5.3 million Americans living with Alzheimer's, one of our most feared disease.

Lisa Mosconi, Ph.D. takes on the Standard American Diet in her new book "Brain Food: The Surprising Science of Eating for Cognitive Power."  

In The Moment ... March 6, 2018 Show 290 Hour 1

In The Moment ... January 4, 2018 Show 249 Hour 2

Dr. Holm joins us for a conversation about popular food myths. We talk eggs, carbs, and supplements.

Sioux Chef

Dec 21, 2017

In The Moment ... December 21, 2017 Show 245 Hour 1

Sean Sherman is the author of "The Sioux Chef's Indigenous Kitchen." (University of Minnesota Press, 2017).  He visits with Prairie Public's Ashley Thornberg.

In The Moment ... December 12, 2017 Show 238 Hour 1 

Lidia Bastianitch is one of the most widely recognized chefs in America. She's an Emmy award-winning television host and a best-selling cookbook author. She's the owner of four acclaimed New York City restaurants.

Her new television special is called "Lidia Celebrates America: Homegrown Heroes". It premiers on SDPB-TV this Friday, December 15 at 10 p.m. Central / 9 Mountain.

She joins us to talk about food, freedom, and overcoming hardship.

In The Moment ... October 26, 2017 Show 207 Hour 2

If you love food, especially fresh, locally sourced food, you probably already have a Deborah Madison cookbook in your collection. She's an icon in American food culture, known for bringing vegetarian food into the mainstream and for championing the farmers who grow it. Her latest book is called "In My Kitchen." She's coming to Spearfish next week for the South Dakota Local Foods Conference. We're also joined by Kim Brannen, president of the South Dakota Specialty Producers Association.

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... July 25, 2017 Show 141 Hour 1

Most biographers pay little attention to food. A new book seeks to remedy that. Laura Shapiro is the James Beard award-winning author of "Six Remarkable Women and the Food That Tells Their Stories," an account of the relationships six famous women had with food. She joins us to talk about food, gender, and why telling our own food stories.

In The Moment ... July 17, 2017 Show 135 Hour 1

Tomorrow is a pivotal day for the Dakota Power Community Wind project and Lincoln County residents. The public votes to either keep the ordinance of a roughly quarter-mile setback between Dakota Wind's turbines and residences or increase the setback to a half mile. The result of the vote could change the future of clean energy in South Dakota. SDPB's Leah Cover joins us with more.

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... June 23, 2017 Show 121 Hour 1

From England to Australia to Hill City, South Dakota, Richard Grewar finds musical influence from across the globe. His latest album is called Cold Feet. He plays at Fernson's on 8th in Sioux Falls tomorrow night. See him in Rapid City on July 7th at Pure Bean Southwest. Richard Grewar joins us for Moment in Sound.

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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.

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This week kids in Sioux Falls are planting seeds and sprouts in four raised garden beds next to a parking lot. A few days ago, we brought you a conversation from Ground Works-Midwest about teaching gardens. Volunteers have now constructed more places for food to grow.

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Hundreds of local families who stock their kitchens with help from Feeding South Dakota can now add milk to their cereal. That’s thanks to a drive that motivated individuals and businesses to donate 10,300 gallons of milk. People filling their carts during September paid extra to send milk to Feeding South Dakota. Their donations are now out for delivery.

Monday a refrigerated truck backed up to the Feeding South Dakota building. Four hundred gallons rolled out of the cooler and into the warehouse. The milk is the first installment of more than 10,000 gallons. 

Charles Michael Ray

The Cornerstone Rescue mission is running overcapacity in Rapid City.   The mission provides about 400 meals per day and nightly shelter for about 150 homeless people in western South Dakota.  

Cornerstone officials say on some nights as many as 30 women and children are sleeping on the floor in the basement because the mission has no more room to house those in need.

SDPB’s Charles Michael Ray sat down with the Cornerstone Rescue Mission Executive Director  Lysa Allison and the mission’s board president Chad Carpenter.

Jay Smith and Ronette Rumpca join Midday to discuss the upcoming South Dakota State Historical Society's conference on South Dakota’s Food Heritage. It’s a conversation about regional food traditions, from local wild catches and immigrant dishes, to diners and drive-ins across the state.

Plus, Rumpca and Midday host Lori Walsh wax nostalgic about their grandmother's cooking.

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A new study shows many children in South Dakota are vulnerable when it comes to poverty and hunger. The latest information from Feeding America shows some areas have up to four out of 10 kids who don’t know where they’ll get their next meal. The annual report is a detailed look at food insecurity in the state.

The latest data on hunger issues in South Dakota shows 12.4 percent of people in the state are food insecure. That number is unchanged from last year, but Kerri DeGraff with Feeding South Dakota says more South Dakotans are hungry.

If you’re a fan of the Food Network, you know Bobby Flay. In the world of competitive cooking and celebrity chefs, Flay reigns supreme. One popular South Dakota restaurateur recently had a chance to take on the famed chef in his own kitchen.

Sanaa Abourezk is the owner of Sanaa’s 8th Street Gourmet in Sioux Falls. Originally from Damascus, Syria, she’s been featured in the New York Times. Sanaa is a nutritionist, a chef, and, most recently, an up-and-coming Internet star.

She joins Dakota Midday to talk about her appearance on Food Network's Beat Bobby Flay.

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Governor Dennis Daugaard says increasing the sales tax on food does not pose an economic problem for South Dakotans. The governor’s plan to fund education increases the sales tax on all purchases one half of one penny.

Dakota Midday: Chef To Plate

Nov 19, 2015

It's Global Entrepreneurship Week and guest host Jackelyn Severin welcomed Moriah Slade, owner and creative director of Chef to Plate, a new Sioux Falls-based business that offers healthy family meals to go.  Slade shared her experience in starting a new business in South Dakota.

SDSU Extension Receives Grant For Food Hub

Nov 11, 2015

SDSU Extension is launching a food hub for producers and consumers in the southeastern part of the state. Its purpose is to help local farmers sell products to restaurants, schools, and institutions. Funding for food hub project comes from a $100,000 grant from the USDA.

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Feeding South Dakota is building a brand new facility in Sioux Falls. Leaders originally planned to expand their current warehouse, but they say they can build a new space for about the same price. Wednesday they broke ground on the project, and community partners are raising millions of dollars for the upgrade.

Stakeholders working to eliminate hunger pierce black dirt with gold-colored shovels for a photo op. They’re standing on ground in the northern part of Sioux Falls where six acres of overgrown grass is slated to become a Feeding South Dakota facility.

Since 2006, bee colonies have been decreasing in number on a worldwide scale. Things may continue going from bad to worse, as experts predict more decreased numbers this year.

Bruce, South Dakota may only have 200 residents, but that doesn’t stop this community from gathering a lot of ‘buzz’ this time of year.  Workers at the Adee Honey Farms extract honey from honeycombs, filling barrels of honey each day.  This process continues until sometime in October.

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An area health system is donating $75,000 to support a truck that takes food to hungry people across the state. Avera is putting $25,000 into Feeding South Dakota’s mobile food pantry each year for the next three. The donation supports communities in the central part of the state.

Feeding South Dakota’s mobile food truck has refrigerated sections. That means foods that need to stay cool – think dairy products, produce, and meats – can make it across the state for distribution to hungry families.

Where can you find the best barbecue in the country? Kansas City? Austin? Memphis? Missouri writer and Navy Reserve Officer Johnny Fugitt wanted to find out. So, he quit his job and spent a year touring the country searching for the best barbecue joints.

Feeding America

The latest information from Feeding America shows more than 1 in 10 South Dakotans lacks consistent access to enough healthy food. A recent study shows that, in the past year, more than 12 percent of people in South Dakota didn’t have access to enough food. 

Every county in South Dakota suffers from food insecurity. The numbers prove hunger affects children, and it’s more likely in certain parts of the state.

An advocate for sustainable agriculture is bringer her perspective on feeding the world to a South Dakota college campus. Vandana Shiva is set to discuss her challenges with industrial agriculture and genetically modified crops. Shiva says people need to prioritize their health and the planet.

Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are common in modern agriculture. India-based scientist and advocate Vandana Shiva says companies claim to want to produce more to feed people, but that doesn’t happen.

Alton Brown

Fans of the Food Network know Alton Brown as the wry, quirky host of Good Eats, a show combining classroom and comedy to help demonstrate how to make a tasty food. Brown also hosts Iron Chef America and the newer Cutthroat Kitchen, a competition in which chefs have to outwit and sometimes sabotage their opponents.

America's Test Kitchen

Christopher Kimball says the reason many people don’t cook or cook well is because they’re scared of failing. But the host of America’s Test Kitchen and the founder of Cook’s Illustrated magazine says that good cooking starts with failure. Kimball believes that finding the best way to cook takes practice and time.

Tanka Fund Jerky Bar Thunders Into Pow Wow

Oct 13, 2014
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A Native American business located on the Pine Ridge Reservation is introducing a new product this weekend at the Black Hills Pow Wow in Rapid City. The Tanka Fund Bar is intended to not only be a healthy snack, but a means of bringing the buffalo back to Native Americans.

Kitchen Sisters Explore Secret Cooking in America

Jun 5, 2014
The Kitchen Sisters

Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva, otherwise known as NPR's Kitchen Sisters, are the Peabody Award-winning producers of Hidden Kitchens. The program explores the world of secret and unexpected cooking across America. A new season of Hidden Kitchens airs every Tuesday in June during Morning Edition. Davia Nelson joined the program to discuss the way communities come together through food.

SDSU Extension At 100 Years

May 27, 2014

South Dakota State University Extension is 100 years old this month and a recent Benchmark Survey shows SDSU Extension remains South Dakotans' trusted source for unbiased, research-based information.  The survey, conducted by a third-party source, includes information gleaned from extensive interviews with 400 South Dakota crop and livestock producers as well as users of one or more of SDSU Extension's five additional key program areas which include community development, food and families, urban/rural initiatives, Native American programs and 4-H Youth development.  A product of the Smith

Food Tax Remains in South Dakota

Feb 20, 2014

South Dakota is in the small minority of states that still taxes food items and a House committee is keeping it that way.  House Bill 1149 reduces the state sales tax on food items bought at grocery stores to zero percent. To compensate, all other taxable items increase about 1/3 of a percent. Supporters of the bill say the food sales tax is regressive and has the greatest impact on South Dakota’s poorest citizens. By removing the food tax, it could equal two to three more weeks of groceries a year for families.