SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The Trump Administration has announced a $12 billion trade compensation package to make up for farmers' market losses due to the trade war. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue says the program includes government food purchases by the Commodity Credit Corporation of surplus-affected commodities and a trade promotion program. It also involves direct payments for commodities, including soybeans, sorghum, corn, wheat, cotton, dairy and hogs. However, he says the details will not be released until Labor Day.
WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency has released a draft rule proposing Renewable Fuels Standard, or RFS, levels for conventional, advanced and cellulosic biofuels for 2019 and biodiesel for 2020. So far the biofuels blending requirements are garnering mixed reaction from the industry.
MITCHELL, S.D. — Most consumers are now several generations removed from the farm, and for the last 40 years that has led to a continual erosion of trust in farmers. As a result, farmers and farm groups have been focusing their efforts on bridging that gap with the consumer. The latest research from the Center for Food Integrity has some good news for farmers in that area.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Thirty years ago it was hard to find a pork entrée besides pork chops on any restaurant menu. However, today it's not uncommon to see pork belly, cheek or shoulder being featured on those same menus. The change can in part be attributed to the engagement the pork industry has had with chefs as part of their annual culinary Taste of Elegance contest.
MITCHELL, S.D. — For seed stock producers, quality semen is the foundation of any breeding program. It's no secret beef producers in South Dakota have some of the best genetics in the country, so it is critical to have a way to collect and preserve those genetics through custom semen collection.
HURON, S.D. — The South Dakota Department of Agriculture fielded dozens of dicamba injury complaints from off-target drift this season, and they're still taking input from farmers to determine the total number of acres hit. State officials are looking at possible label changes for spraying dicamba on Xtend soybeans next year, but a lot of that hinges on what farmers find in the fields this fall. Farmers that had some or widespread cupping in soybeans this season may not know the full production impact until harvest.