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 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.

Increased U.S. Meat Exports Benefit South Dakota Agriculture

South Dakota farmers like Tim Ostrem are working to increase meat exports in countries like Japan through trade missions organized by the U.S. Meat Export Federation. This is not only a benefit to livestock producers, but the state's soybean farmers. Michelle Rook shows us why. Heartland Consumer Report on KELO-TV 5pm News

Flooding Damages Rural Roads and Bridges

Flooding has caused extensive damage to rural roads and bridges and repairing that infrastructure will be difficult with tight township and county budgets. Michelle Rook looks at how this costs farmers trying to get product to market, as well as consumers. Heartland Consumer Report on KELO-TV 5pm News

USMCA Important for South Dakota Agriculture

The U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement is finally moving forward in Congress. This is welcome news for South Dakota farmer as Canada and Mexico are the 1st and 3rd largest export markets for U.S. food and ag productions. Michelle Rook has details. Heartland Consumer Report on KELO-TV 5pm News

Japan Trade Deal Positive for SD Farmers

The U.S. Japan trade deal will go into effect on January 1 of 2020. It will lower Japanese tariffs on U.S. agricultural products such as beef and pork and increase exports. This will benefit not just livestock producers, but soybean farmers in the U.S. and South Dakota. Heartland Consumer Report on KELO-TV 5pm News