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Featured Partner: East River Electric Cooperative

2/9/2021 - Tailgate Huddle photo: East River crews huddle together for a safety tailgate discussion before beginning repairs to the transmission system that was damaged during an April 2019 spring storm. FEATURED PARTNER: EAST RIVER ELECTRIC POWER COOPERATIVE Starting with the passage of the Rural Electrif... Read More

Featured Farmer: Zane and Sandy Williams

1/11/2021 - Featured Farmer: Zane and Sandy Williams, 2020 Agvocates of the Year The Ag United board of directors named Zane and Sandy Williams of Irene, S.D., as the 2020 AgVocate of the Year in recognition of their commitment to promoting agriculture and livestock production and role in founding a new advo... Read More

Change

1/11/2021 - I’ve really been contemplating a quote I heard recently by Tim Elmore, “Change can either happen to us or because of us.” Change seems easier to handle when we know it’s coming, like the change of seasons. Farmers are very aware of the fact we cannot control the weather. We know winter mo... Read More

Reflections of 2020

12/21/2020 - The end of the year is often a time for reflection. Looking back on 2020, in spite of the difficult times, there is still much to be grateful for. In January and February, our Adopted Farmers had their classroom visits. This program features farmers sending monthly videos to over 50 classrooms acro... Read More

2020 AgVocates of the Year: Zane and Sandy Williams

12/18/2020 -   AG UNITED FOR SOUTH DAKOTA NAMES ZANE AND SANDY WILLIAMS 2020 AGVOCATES OF THE YEAR   SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Zane and Sandy Williams of Irene, S.D., were named the 2020 AgVocate of the Year by the board of directors for Agriculture United for South Dakota. The award was presented to the Wil... Read More

Featured Farmer: Sarah VanDerVliet

12/9/2020 - Featured Farmer:  Sarah VanDerVliet   Hands-on experiences, new technologies and leadership skills are all important parts of today’s agricultural education programs.  Sarah VanDerVliet has been the agriculture education teacher and FFA Advisor at Tri-Valley School in Colton, South Dakota, ... Read More

A Traditional Meal

12/7/2020 - I think instead of calling this time of year the holiday season, we could also call it feast season. We start off with a Thanksgiving feast and round it out with a Christmas feast. Recently the American Farm Bureau completed their annual survey on the cost of a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, which... Read More

Learning Flexibility

11/23/2020 - For many families, Thanksgiving is a time of traditions. No matter what your tradition has been, it’s most certainly going to look different in 2020.  When I was young, our most common Thanksgiving tradition was going to my aunt and uncle’s house. They lived about 30 minutes from us so we were... Read More

Featured Partner: Dr. Rochelle Reddig, DVM

11/9/2020 - Featured Partner:  Dr. Rochelle Reddig, DVM “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”  The old phrase still rings true when it comes to the health of humans and all species of animals, from pets to livestock.  For South Dakota farmers and ranchers, that “ounce of prevention” t... Read More

Veterans Day

11/9/2020 - On November 11th we should all take pause to recognize our Veterans. A day honoring all men and women who have served in peacetime or in war. South Dakota is home to over 65,000 veterans. They are an important part of their communities as business owners, farmers, teachers, and civic leaders, all b... Read More