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The Environmental Protection Agency has released a draft rule proposing Renewable Fuels Standard, or RFS, levels for conventional, advanced and cellulosic biofuels for 2019 and biodiesel for 2020. So far the biofuels blending requirements are garnering mixed reaction from the industry.
VOLIN, S.D. — A new 2,400-head swine facility built by Johnson Farms, LLC near Volin was the first unit to be built amidst public push back to livestock development in Yankton County. Lewis Johnson and his son Josh originally sought a permit for a finishing facility, but settled on a nursery. "This is something my Dad and I decided to do last year," Josh says. "We were going to do a finisher and then after the opposition, we decided to do a nursery because it was easier to get through and get started and it's cheaper."
CENTERVILLE, S.D. — Farmers are concerned about crop loss and denitrification of fertilizer due to flooding after Mother Nature dropped several inches of rain on portions of Iowa, Minnesota and South Dakota the last two weeks. Craig Andersen farms near Centerville, S.D. and says starting the week of June 18, rain totals in his area have exceeded eight inches. This resulted in flooding along the Vermillion River and adjacent cropland.
HARRISBURG, S.D. — In its third year, the Hungry for Truth Farm to Fork Dinners are changing consumer perceptions and building trust in their food supply and the farmers that produce it. This year's event was held June 14. It allowed farmers and consumers to share a meal and a conversation about food and farming.
GOODWIN, S.D. — South Dakota's dairy industry is growing rapidly, and the public is getting to see that for themselves during June Dairy Month open houses hosted by Ag United of South Dakota. MoDak Dairy of Goodwin is just one of many dairy farms opening their doors to the public this month. Co-owner Greg Moes says they have been hosting people at the farm for many years and saw a record crowd at this year's event. "Now with livestock everybody wants to see everything that's going on with how we handle animals, how their food is produced," he says.
Sioux Falls, SD — Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt on Wednesday will visit South Dakota, but the state’s corn growers plan to give him the cold shoulder.
BROOKINGS, S.D. — The dairy industry has a $2.7 billion economic impact in the state of South Dakota, and consumers saw that first hand at this year's Dairy Fest in Brookings May 31- June 2. Tracey Erickson, a South Dakota State University Extension dairy field specialist, says the dairy industry is big business. "Each cow approximately has an impact of about $26,000, and we have 120,000 cows right now in South Dakota," she says. Those cows produce 274 million gallons of milk annually, which results in $436 million in milk sales.
South Dakota farmers agree this year's cold, wet spring has made for a challenging planting season. The U.S. Department of Agriculture crop progress reports have confirmed that South Dakota farmers are catching up, but are still well behind the five-year averages for planting.
WASHINGTON — The desire among some House Republicans to force a vote on immigration contributed to the defeat of the farm bill on Friday, May 18. The legislation failed by a vote of 213 to 198, and with that, the hopes for immigration reform may also be fading for 2018. Dale Moore, American Farm Bureau Federation executive director of public policy, says being in an election year also compounds the problem.
WASHINGTON — Consumers will soon see new biotech labeling information on food packages at their local grocery store. It's a result of legislation Congress passed in 2016 after multiple states began requiring their own standards for defining genetically engineered foods.