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October Featured Partner – Bruce Vollan, Vollan Oil

10/4/2019 - In a typical year, corn and soybean harvest in South Dakota is in full gear throughout the month of October. However, there has been nothing typical about 2019 for many of our state’s farmers.  With wet weather that delayed or prevented planting, many crops are well behind schedule and farmer... Read More

Featured Farmer Kevin Hoffman

9/9/2019 - As summer winds down, many South Dakota gardeners are busy canning and freezing the bounty of their gardens.  Jars of pickles and other produce or freezers full of sweet corn and tomatoes provide a taste of summer even in the coldest South Dakota winters.   Livestock farmers take a similar appr... Read More

“All Hands On Deck” at Dakotafest Pork Loin Booth

8/6/2019 - Dakotafest has grown to be the largest farm show in South Dakota, drawing an average of nearly 29,000 attendees from 13 states over its three-day run each year.  The show, to be held August 20-22, 2019, in Mitchell, features product demonstrations, educational sessions and activities, but one of ... Read More

Partner Profile:  Dave Christensen, Valley Queen Cheese

6/3/2019 - Each June, National Dairy Month is a great opportunity to enjoy delicious dairy products and to recognize the people who make those products possible.  From farm to grocery store, it takes a team of dedicated professionals to produce, deliver and process the milk, cheese, yogurt, ice cream and man... Read More

Growing a Passion

5/13/2019 - Hi, I am Rebecka Hoffman and I am a farmer’s daughter and the summer intern for Ag United.  I grew up on a small dairy farm outside of Dolton, South Dakota; there I was very active with helping my Dad and Mom run our dairy herd. On our farm, my duties included milking in the afternoons, helpin... Read More

Featured Farmer: Celebrating and Supporting Farm and Ranch Families

5/1/2019 - More than 500 people gathered recently in Yankton to celebrate and support the role of farm and ranch families in providing a safe food supply and strong communities.  Josh and Deanna Johnson and other organizers of the Farm Families: Speak Up event planned an evening to share their stories with... Read More

March Agvocates

4/12/2019 - Thank you to our March Agvocates!March was filled with many fun events. Despite the winter weather our agvocates participates in a variety of events from Ag Week classroom visits, Livestock Seminar, Ag Day at the Washington Pavilion, our annual Families Feeding Families banquet, and our Sioux Falls ... Read More

Rural Dictionary: Crop Rotation

4/12/2019 - Crop rotation is the systematic planting of different crops in a particular order over several years in the same growing space. According to SDSU Extension, benefits of good crop rotation are numerous and include reduced soil erosion and improved soil water management, soil tilth, and fertility. A... Read More