Rural Ramblings

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Sharing the Beef Story from South Dakota to New York

9/10/2017 - Eric Sumption, September Featured Farmer Profile   Eric and Stacey Sumption A passion for cattle and farming runs deep in Eric Sumption’s family. Since the land near Frederick, South Dakota, was homesteaded by his great-great-grandfather in 1881, family members have worked to... Read More

August Agvocates

9/5/2017 - August was filled with fairs, fun, and fantastic volunteers! This month we hosted a tour to Meadow Star Dairy in Minnesota. Riverview Dairy was looking to permit a dairy in Brookings County, and wanted interested citizens to be able to tour a similar dairy site. Forty people joined us for a tour o... Read More

Sydney Sleep: My Summer with Ag United

8/15/2017 - By Sydney Sleep I can’t believe my summer internship with Ag United for South Dakota is already over. This summer was truly one for the books. I am so thankful for the people I met, all I learned about the agriculture industry, and the unique experiences I was given.  One of my biggest take... Read More

Local Foods Around the World

8/14/2017 - HyVee defines local as 200 miles or less.  What does the term “local food” mean to you? Here in South Dakota, we have 30,000 farmers producing food locally with thousands more in the surrounding states. On average each of these farmers produces food for 155 people. That means... Read More

Passing on a Fair Tradition

8/4/2017 - August Featured Farmer: Wendy Sweeter   Family traditions run deep in South Dakota, and during the late summer, the best place to see those traditions in action is at one of the many county and regional fairs and 4-H Achievement Days around the state.   Wendy Sweeter of Worthing knows the trad... Read More

Cover Crops a Valuable Resource

8/3/2017 - By Sydney Sleep I visited home last weekend and was lucky enough to get in on planting some cover crops. My dad was planting a mix of turnips, radishes, pearl millet, and winter rye into a field of wheat that was recently cut and baled. We have never planted this mix of cover crops before, so it ... Read More

July 2017 Agvocates

8/2/2017 -   We kicked off the month with the Farms After Five Tour, which included stops at Central Farmers Cooperative, Valley Side Farm, and Klein Family Farm. Several days later we hosted an open house with the Pechous family at their new robotic dairy. The month was wrapped up with three Boys and Girl... Read More

Drought Forces Farmers to Make Tough Decisions

7/24/2017 - By Sydney Sleep  Photos courtesy of Lacey Caffee of Caffee Ranch, located 13 miles west of Wessington Springs.  Grass supply is sparse for grazing on Caffee Ranch.     Throughout South Dakota, only 0.03 percent of the state is not currently considered to be in a drough... Read More