Rural Ramblings

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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

Making Decisions Ahead of Busy Planting Season

4/9/2019 - With warmer temperatures, sunshine and drying fields, South Dakota’s farmers are preparing for spring planting.  It is also a busy time for ag industry professionals who provide inputs and services to farmers.  Mark Salvador, Strategic Accounts Manager for Pioneer based in Sioux Falls, and his... Read More

Busy calving and lambing seasons pay off with healthy animals

3/8/2019 - Newborn calves and lambs are an iconic sign of spring, but it takes planning, care and work all year long to ensure those young animals are healthy and ready to enjoy the green pastures of spring and summer.   D.J. Buseman and his family raise cattle, sheep and crops on their farm near Canistota, ... Read More

Being a South Dakota Dairy Ambassador

2/11/2019 - By: Angel Kasper  Although I didn’t grow up on a dairy farm my love for it started at a young age. As a little girl, one of my favorite things to do was tag along with my dad and grandpa when they went to visit my uncles dairy farm. I loved talking to cows, feeding the calves, and playing in the... Read More