Rural Ramblings

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The Effects of Winter on Farm and Ranch Families

1/29/2019 - By: Angel Kasper Negative 50 degrees, oh my! Many people cringe at the thought of temperatures plummeting to negative 50 below zero in the next few days. For many farmers and ranchers, they do more than just cringe; their heart may sink at the thought of what is yet to come. I remember the excit... Read More

Growing up in Agriculture

1/25/2019 - By: Angel Kasper  My name is Angel Kasper and I am excited to be the new Outreach Director here at Ag United for South Dakota. I originally hail from the land of 10,000 lakes, Minnesota. I grew up on a small beef and crop operation in Owatonna. I am the youngest of four girls, and while this some... Read More

Welcome Outreach Director Angel Kasper

1/11/2019 - We are excited to welcome Angel, who joined Ag United as Outreach Director this month.  Angel is a graduate of South Dakota State University with degrees in Agricultural Leadership and Speech Communications.  Angel brings a strong background in agriculture, having grown up working on her famil... Read More

Featured Farmer: 2018 Agvocate of the Year

1/11/2019 - Each year, more than 600 students from 16 elementary and middle schools in southeastern South Dakota have the opportunity to check out farm equipment, see corn and soybean plants and learn about how these crops are used in our everyday lives.  The Field to Table event hosted by Valley Ag Supply ... Read More

Rural Dictionary: Crop Yields and Bushels per Acre

1/11/2019 - During the winter, South Dakota crop farmers are busy reviewing how their crops performed the previous year and making plans for the next growing season.  After harvest, farmers calculate how much corn, soybean, wheat or other crops were produced on their field.   Crop yield is the term for t... Read More

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