Senator John Thune visited western South Dakota Monday to talk about national issues impacting local communities. Part of the discussion included the upcoming Farm Bill, with the last bill enacted in 2018, Thune sees roundtables as an option to actually see what is happening in the state's communities.
The dog days of summer are spent by the pool, on the lake, or sitting inside next to the air conditioner. That’s how we dream of our summers, but for some kids, it’s feeding and taking care of livestock to show at the county fair.
On May 27 it was announced that a $1.1 billion meat packing plant would be opening in Rapid City, and on June 6 Kingsbury and Associates, along with Sirius Realty announced the name of the proposed meat packing plant as well as their partnership with the Farmers Union Industries.
Area ranchers welcomed the moisture, and say this most recent storm are making them feel better about raising crops and cattle this year. However, the South Dakota Grassland Coalition is warning ag producers to plan ahead.
City and suburban growth tends to come at the expense of our natural resources, but one world-traveled woman who settled in Spearfish is doing her part to make certain a piece of the Black Hills stays untouched by urbanization for generations to come.
Members of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, South Dakota Senator Mike Rounds, and New Mexico Senator Martin Heinrich, introduced the Indian Buffalo Management Act, legislation to create a permanent buffalo program. The goal is to encourage tribes to manage bison herds with the help of the U.S. Department of the Interior.
Although South Dakota has a number of local and small-scale processors, there’s only one large plant, DemKota, in Aberdeen and Sustainable Beef would actually be slightly closer for a number of west river ranchers. Plus another processor in the area could mean more demand and higher prices for ranchers.
A severe storm made its way through the Black Hills last night, producing lots of lightning, high winds, and some hail. Although the storm system has passed, its damage is only starting to be assessed.
temperatures hit 100 degrees on Tuesday, leaving most of the Black Hills categorized as either high fire danger or extreme fire danger. Throughout the year forest rangers help prepare the woods for these types of hot temperature days.