South Dakota Ag Minute

The “South Dakota Ag Minute” Starts Now.

Reporter Michelle Rook has all of the angles on agriculture. These quick videos highlight a wide range of agricultural issues that impact every South Dakotan.

Farm Stress High, Assistance Available

Farmers are under a great deal of stress with low commodity prices, a trade war and weather disasters. That can lead to depression and higher rates of suicide, but the good news is there is assistance available. Michelle Rook has the story. Heartland Consumer Report on KELO-TV 5pm News.

State and Ag Groups Support Ag Development

The state of South Dakota and the agricultural industry are working together to provide certainty and promote livestock and ag development in the state. Governor Kristi Noem announced the state is "open for business" with proposed changes to zoning and nuisance lawsuits. This will benefit farmers in the state but it will also trickle down to main street. Michelle Rook has the story. Heartland Consumer Report on KELO-TV 5pm News

Farmers Optimistic About 2020 But Also Indecisive

After a disastrous growing season in 2019 farmers are looking ahead to the new year with optimism. However, they are also indecisive with the unknowns about the weather and following record prevent plant acreage. Michelle Rook has the story. Heartland Consumer Report on KELO-TV 5pm News

SD Soybean Farmers Excited Over China Deal

The U.S. and China have struck a phase one trade deal in which China has committed to purchase $80 billion of U.S. agricultural goods over the next two years. We hear from one of the South Dakota farmers that was at the White House for the historic signing about what this means for soybean farmers. Heartland Consumer Report on KELO-TV 5pm News

Farm Bankruptcies Up in 2019, Hurts Whole Economy

Farm bankruptcies were up in 2019 after six years of low commodity prices, a trade war and various weather disasters. However, this down cycle is not a repeat of the farm crisis of the 1980s. Michelle Rook looks at how the downturn in the farm economy trickles down to main street. Heartland Consumer Report on KELO-TV 5pm News.