Rural Ramblings

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Reflecting on a busy year at Lazy J Dairy

12/3/2018 - As the calendar year comes to a close, it is a good time for reflection and planning ahead.  For the Jungemann family of Lazy J Dairy near Wolsey, South Dakota, 2018 was a year to remember.     In late December 2017, they finished construction and began using a new milking parlor and expanded... Read More

The #1 lesson I learned from working at Ag United

11/9/2018 - I have had the opportunity to work at Ag United for SD for almost five years now. As Outreach Director you’ll often find me behind the scenes of open house events, bus tours, and restaurant crawls, and behind the computer screen writing press releases, blog posts, and radio spots. All of those thi... Read More

Ag United for SD Summer Internship 2019

11/2/2018 - POSITION TITLE:  Intern, Summer full-time position located in Sioux Falls, SD (Position is also shared with SD Corn, and Midwest Dairy, intern will complete some activities for these organizations.)   POSITION DATES: May – Sept. 2 *Weekend of SD State Fair is a required activity. Other start ... Read More

Rural Dictionary: Turkey Terms

11/1/2018 -   Hen – The female turkey. A hen will lay about 100 eggs in 6 months. Hens don’t gobble, instead they make a clicking noise. Hens are also raised for meat and are most often sold as a whole turkey, like the kind we eat at Thanksgiving.   Tom – The male turkey. Males are bigger than fema... Read More

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