Future of Farming

News: Oct 26 - Nov 1

Nov 1, 2019

An update on the Keystone XL pipeline.

A warrant of execution of Charles Rhines has been issued for the first week of November.

The CEO of R-CALF USA tells us why America is losing its ranches.

Dan Ahlers has announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate. 

USD's Tim Schorn tells us what al-Baghdadi's death means.

State Senator Cammack talks the upcoming SD legislative session.

All this & more on your weekly ITM news podcast.

Why Is America Losing Its Ranches?

Oct 31, 2019

In The Moment ... October 31, 2019 Show 691 Hour 2

Why is America losing its ranches? That was the title of Bill Bullard's presentation to the South Dakota Stockgrowers Association at their 128th annual Convention and Trade Show at the Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn in Rapid City. His talk was sponsored by Ft. Pierre Livestock.


In The Moment ... October 31, 2019 Show 691 Hour 1

Tune in to SDPB-TV Thursday night for South Dakota Focus with Stephanie Rissler as she looks at the future of agriculture in the state. Focus airs at 8:00 p.m. Central.

Rissler joins In The Moment to preview Thursday's episode.


In The Moment ... October 30, 2019 Show 690 Hour 1

State Senator Gary Cammack visits about the upcoming South Dakota legislative session and how agriculture and the future of farming may be included in the overall dialogue. Cammack chairs the Ag Land Tax Task Force.

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 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.


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

SDPB continues our Future of Farming conversation with Van C. Kelley, Department Head of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering at South Dakota State University. The ABE Department focuses on identifying and improving food production systems and available resources for an "enhanced agricultural future."

Kelley joins In The Moment from the Jeanine Basinger Studio in Brookings to discuss new technologies, applications, and methods that have been emerging in agriculture.

Paul Shackow

In The Moment ... October 24, 2019 Show 686 Hour 2

One thing that has become very clear during SDPB's month-long coverage of the future of farming is that a lot of what makes a farm successful is out of the producer's control. Some of their success depends on weather, climate and other outside forces.

Climate Scientist William Capehart attempts to give a better understanding of what we're seeing in our region. Capehart is an Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.


In The Moment ... October 22, 2019 Show 684 Hour 2

The lack of Country of Origin Labeling has had a dramatic impact on cattle prices. It's affecting everything from what's in the hamburger you eat to the impact on natural resources.

As part of SDPB's month-long look at the future of farming and the ag industry, we visit with South Dakota ranchers B.J. Richter and Brett Kenzy for their take on cattle prices.

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... October 16, 2019 Show 680 Hour 2

Continuing our future of farming conversation, we welcome Keith Alverson, Scott Stahl, and Ryan Wagner.

The three farmers joined us to discuss where they see the industry headed.

Support for journalism and stories about business and community development is supported on SDPB by Horton Incorporated in Britton South Dakota.


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

Precision agriculture is a new farming management concept with a general goal of optimizing yields while best preserving one's land and resources. In The Moment has assembled a panel of researchers from the South Dakota State University School of Agriculture to further explain the agricultural process.

David Clay, Ph.D., has been instrumental in developing the Precision Ag Program at SDSU and precision ag at the professional level.


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 9, 2019 Show 676 Hour 1

As we contemplate the future of farming in South Dakota, the most important voices are those of the people working the land. Mark Misar farms 10 miles north of Tyndall. He's also the agriculture education instructor for the Bon Homme School District.

Misar teaches his students about the principles of soil health. And since so many South Dakotans are essentially detached from farming, we asked him for a lesson in the basics.

Paul Shackow

In The Moment ... October 8, 2019 Show 675 Hour 2

Throughout the month of October, SDPB explores the future of agriculture in the state. Today we welcome a panel from the School of Mines to discuss the future of ag from a decidedly scientific point of view. 


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.

Jackelyn Severin

In The Moment ... October 2, 2019 Show 671 Hour 1

For the last three decades, farms in South Dakota and around the United States have trended towards bigger operations focusing on growing one or two commodity crops.

Proponents of regenerative agriculture aim to reverse that trend by adding more animal and crop diversity in order to make farming more sustainable both economically and environmentally.

SDPB looks at the future of farming this month. Jackelyn Severin brings you this story from Blue Dasher Farms.