Rural Ramblings

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Fall on the Farm

10/9/2018 -   The calendar and the cool weather both tell us that fall is here. Leaves are changing colors, and crops are turning a golden brown signifying that it’s time for harvest.   On the farm the changing weather signifies to farmers that it’s time to prepare for winter. Farmers are in the field ... Read More

2018 Fall Photo Contest

10/4/2018 - South Dakota Farm Families is hosting a fall photo contest! Submit your best photo via social media or send us an email to enter by October 31. After the submission period, fan voting for the best photo will be held on the South Dakota Farm Families Facebook. The photo with the most combined likes, ... Read More

October Rural Dictionary - Nursery Barn, Finishing Barn

10/1/2018 - It's Pork Month! Take a minute to learn a couple common pig terms. Nursery Barn   Pigs are weaned at 3 to 4 weeks of age. At this time, they are ready to leave their mother and eat solid food. Pigs will often be moved to a nursery barn where they live for 5 to 8 weeks, or until they are about 50... Read More

South Dakota Farmer Takes National Role

10/1/2018 - Steve Rommereim with daughters Lara and Leah and grandson Milo. Celebrating National Pork Month each October provides an opportunity to recognize the impact that farm families who raise pigs have on our food supply, economy and communities. This year’s celebration is even more s... Read More

September Agvocates - Adopt A Farmer

9/30/2018 - School started in September and so did Adopt A Farmer! Nine farmer were matched with 69 fourth grade classrooms across South Dakota. Each month the Adopted Farmers will create and send videos to each classroom about what is happening on the farm. Thank you for your dedication!     September A... Read More

The 6 most common food labels defined

9/24/2018 - When you go to the grocery story, you’ll see hundreds of labels. All natural, non-GMO, organic, or local, we often have label over load. But what does it all really mean? Below, you’ll find a breakdown of the some of the most common labels we’ve seen in the grocery store.   Organic – The ... Read More

Take the 10 Gallon Challenge!

9/20/2018 - Fall is almost here, and September is a great time to support your local farmers and your local community. Hunger knows no season, and so this fall we are taking the #10GallonChallenge to support our local food banks and our dairy farmers.   On social media, a farm broadcaster put out the challen... Read More

Social Community Guidelines

9/18/2018 - South Dakota Farm Families social media pages are a place to share information about food, farming, and South Dakota farmers. This is a place for open and honest discussion, and we welcome questions about how your food is grown. However, we will not tolerate the following types of posts:   Prof... Read More

September Rural Dictionary: Silage

9/7/2018 - Silage  (noun) – A crop that is chopped, packed, and sealed to ferment. Most commonly found in the form of corn or alfalfa. The crop is cut while green and has high moisture content. After chopping, the crop is put in a pile, and heavy tractors drive on top to get out extra air. The pile is cov... Read More