Rural Ramblings

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Rural Dictionary: CAFO

2/7/2018 - We're excited to introduce a new monthly feature - a Rural Dictionary!  Every industry relies on terms and acronyms that are used a lot, but not always explained.  Our goal is to share a term each month that you may have seen online or in news coverage and provide a little more background. Have ... Read More

January 2018 Agvocates

2/1/2018 - We started off 2018 with one of our favorite activities - Adopt A Farmer classroom visits! At these visits students get to meet their Adopted Farmer in person, as well as touch, see, and feel items from the farm. Students enjoy getting to interact with their Adopted Farmers, it’s easy to forget th... Read More

Raising Livestock through Trust and Transparency

1/30/2018 - Featured Farmer Profile – Rodney Elliott, Drumgoon Dairy   There is often a great deal of discussion and news coverage when a South Dakota farm family applies for a permit to build or expand a livestock farm.  What happens after their permit is approved and the animals move in?  Regulations ... Read More

Roger Scheibe Selected as 2017 AgVocate of the Year

1/2/2018 - January Featured Partner Profile   Roger Scheibe (L) accepts the 2017 AgVocate of the Year award from Ag United President, Richard Vasgaard (R).  A collection of more than 50 milk bottles from South Dakota creameries dating back to the 1940s is just one of the ways that Roger ... Read More

Dogs and Cattle Play Important Role at TSN Simmentals

12/4/2017 - December Featured Farmer   We’ve all heard the saying that ‘dogs are man’s best friend,” but for many farmers and ranchers, their dogs are more than a friend or family member, they are as valuable as any employee on the operation.    This is especially true for Tim and Sandy Naasz who... Read More

Corn Mazes and Corn Harvest

10/31/2017 - My sister Sawyer and I on our own corn maze adventure.  October is a time when lots of families head to the country. Apple orchards, pumpkin patches, and corn mazes give people from town the chance to enjoy the beautiful rural landscape we have in South Dakota. It’s fun to spen... Read More

Ashley Gelderman - A Passion for Pigs

10/23/2017 - Ashley with one of her piglets from her M.S. research Farmer's Daughter Guest Blog Growing up on a 4,000 head sow farm outside of Salem, SD, my passion for pigs started early in life. Farrowing (birthing of baby pigs) occurred everyday on our farm.  Being the youngest of three c... Read More

Internship Opportunity with Ag United

10/4/2017 - Interested in helping South Dakota’s farm and ranch families tell their story to communities, neighbors and consumers?  Consider applying for an internship with Ag United for South Dakota!  The internship helps build skills in communications, event planning, social media and provides the opportu... Read More

Black Hills Are Top Destination for Cattle, Too

10/3/2017 - October Featured Farmer Profile: Jeff and Jodi Sleep   The Black Hills are a popular tourist destination for people from around the country and the world.  In addition to Mount Rushmore and many tourist attractions in the area, the Black Hills National Forest is used for public hiking, camping, ... Read More