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October Featured Farmer: Ruben Waldner

10/5/2023 - With nearly 40 years of experience raising turkeys in South Dakota, Ruben Waldner has seen a number of changes in how animals are cared for, how they are housed, the technologies that make it possible, and even the birds themselves.  Waldner is responsible for raising 150,000 turkeys a year on t... Read More

August Featured Farmer: Heather Beaner

8/24/2023 - It’s no secret that agriculture is a driving force in South Dakota’s economy and rural communities.  Heather Beaner, manager of her family’s farm, Wal-Di Inc, is looking ahead to how new technologies and investments can make agriculture even more productive and build stronger connections be... Read More

July Featured Farmer: Schultz Brothers Dairy

7/26/2023 - For more than 80 years, dairy farmers have celebrated National Dairy Month in June to celebrate the role of milk and dairy products in healthy diets and the impact of dairy farming on rural communities and economies.  Schultz Brothers Dairy near Freeman, South Dakota, stepped up their June Dairy... Read More

May Featured Farmer: Shane Odegaard

5/15/2023 - Spring is in the air across South Dakota, with temperatures warming and snow melting.  As homeowners look forward to planting and caring for their lawns, farmers and ranchers are also gearing up for a new growing season. Shane Odegaard and family members at Odegaard Family Farms near Lake Presto... Read More

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

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

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