Rural Ramblings

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March Featured Farmer: Travis Mockler

3/21/2023 - Travis Mockler and his wife, Jill, raise corn, soybeans, alfalfa, oats and wheat on their farm near Centerville, about 15 miles north of Vermillion. They also raise beef cows and calves that are born each fall.  They have two daughters: Lacey is a freshman at South Dakota State University and Kyl... Read More

February Feature: Marv Post

2/14/2023 - South Dakota has made headlines around the country recently for growth in milk production, with an 11% increase from November 2021 to November 2022.  Marv Post, dairy farmer from Volga, SD, reflects on the changes in the state’s dairy industry and the opportunities for the future. Post said th... Read More

January Feature: Cory Eich

1/10/2023 - Winter is time for connection, planning, learning for South Dakota farmers What do farmers do when harvest is finished in the fall?  While the growing season for crops may be over during South Dakota’s cold winter months, farmers and ranchers are busy caring for livestock, planning for the yea... Read More

Looking Ahead for 2023

1/3/2023 - Looking Ahead for 2023 January 3, 2023   The board of directors for Agriculture United for South Dakota is reviewing the organization’s mission, structure and staffing for 2023 and beyond. Since its founding in 2004, Ag United has been an important part of our state’s agricultural foundation... Read More

December Feature: Managing Stress During the Holiday Season

12/15/2022 - While the end of the year and holiday season are typically seen as a time of joy and celebration, it can also be a very stressful time of year.  Shopping, holiday events and gatherings can add both financial and mental stress to families.  These can be even greater for farm and ranch families, s... Read More

Featured Farmer: Clint Overskei

10/17/2022 - Each year, we celebrate National Pork Month in October to recognize efforts of farm families to bring an affordable, high quality supply of pork products to our grocery stores, restaurants and homes. Raising pigs in South Dakota is also providing opportunities for the next generation to return to ... Read More

Featured Farmer: Clay Conry

9/14/2022 - Connecting ranchers with new ideas and practices to better manage their land, animal, people and financial resources has been the goal of the Working Cows podcast since it launched nearly five years ago.  After recording more than 250 episodes, host Clay Conry is excited about the network of ranc... Read More

Featured Farmer: Community Supports 4-H Program with New Building

8/9/2022 - 4-H Achievement shows and county fairs are the highlight of the summer for many young people across the state who have spent months caring for animals and preparing projects. These events provide an opportunity to display their projects, share what they learned with judges and celebrate successes ... Read More

Featured Farmer: Tanse and Tonya Herrmann

7/11/2022 - A search for top quality hay for their own horses has grown into a busy and successful business serving horse owners across the Black Hills and northeast Wyoming for Tanse and Tonya Herrmann of Whitewood, South Dakota. In 2012, the Herrmanns were looking for small square bales of hay to feed hors... Read More