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FRANKFORT, S.D. — Conservation is a conscious choice for the Johnsons, this year’s winner of the South Dakota Leopold Conservation Award. Alan and Mickie, son Brian and wife Jamie farm 1,800 acres of cropland and 500 acres of grassland. The focus on conservation at Johnson Farms started with the decision to go 100% no-till after Alan grew tired of watching the lack of moisture on their farm limit yield potential. “Back when I grew up, it was always dry. You know, we were always struggling with moisture and it just frustrated me so much,” he said.
WEST FARGO - The North Dakota Grain Growers Association has voted to withdraw from the National Association of Wheat Growers after its president says came after three years of negotiations with the national organization. The change will be effective June 30.
Farmers regionally and nationally are talking about planting more corn and fewer soybeans in 2019. This follows a year of disastrous soybean prices in 2018 due to the ongoing trade dispute with China and record soybean production in the United States, which led to record carryout of 955 million bushels.
WASHINGTON — The nation’s farmers will be receiving a second trade aid payment under USDA’s Market Facilitation Program. President Donald Trump made the announcement on Dec. 17, giving farmers an early Christmas present. Soybean farmers were pleased the president delivered the trade aid he promised, since there was some question about whether the payments would be made with the Office of Management and Budget concerned about the cost.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — 2018 has been a tough year for soybean producers, but they’re looking ahead at new uses and new market opportunities in the coming year. That was the focus of this year’s Ag Outlook 2018. More than 800 farmers attended the annual meeting of the South Dakota Soybean Association, which features the Soybean Yield Contest, a trade show and various speakers.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — “So I’m here to report a miracle.” That’s what Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., shared after the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, or Agricultural Improvement Act, in both the Senate and the House. The conference committee released its final report on Dec. 10, and the day following the Senate passed the final bill by a strong margin of 87-13. The House followed up on Dec. 12 with passage by a vote of 369-47.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt will visit South Dakota on Wednesday, June 13, but the state's corn growers plan to give him the cold shoulder. Pruitt is scheduled to visit with sorghum producers at a cattle operation near Reliance in the central part of the state.. However, South Dakota Corn Growers Association Executive Director Lisa Richardson said President Donald Trump promised to provide the pathway for year-round sales of E15 and Pruitt is not welcome in the state unless he is delivering on that promise.