SDSA Director Recognized by NCBA for Outstanding Environmental Stewardship

Cattle Producers Recognized for Outstanding Environmental StewardshipIn a special edition of NCBA’s Cattlemen to Cattlemen, seven of the nation’s top cattle operations were honored for implementing practices that make them true stewards of land, air and water resources. Each of these farms and ranches exemplify the commitment of all producers to protect the resources in their care and improve their operations for future generations of cattlemen and women.

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Now Accepting Applications for Valent, ASA Ag Voices of the Future Program for College Students

The American Soybean Association (ASA) is now accepting applications for the Valent Ag Voices of the Future program, which will be held July 19-22, 2021, in conjunction with the summer ASA Board meeting and Soy Issues Forum in Washington, D.C. The Ag Voices of the Future program is for students interested in improving their understanding of major agricultural policy issues, the importance of advocacy and careers that can impact agricultural policy. Class size is limited and students must be at least 18 years old to apply.

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Governor Noem Hosting Call to Discuss Department of Agriculture Merger

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem is hosting a teleconference call for all farmers and ranchers at 10:45 a.m. on Wednesday, January 6 to discuss the merger of the SD Department of Agriculture and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

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Export of Soybean Meal and Soybeans to Asia Project by AGP/SRDC

Three SD Soybean farmers were featured in a virtual trade tour as a part of the Export of Soybean Meal and Soybeans to Asia Project. Instead of trade teams traveling for the usual harvest crop tour, the project interviewed and filmed producers from Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota with the goal to walk overseas customers through all different aspects of harvest and highlight the families and farms supplying them. The videos are featured in English and Chinese on Youtube.

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Fighting to Farm: Dicamba Case Shows Agriculture’s Vulnerability to Regulations and Rulings

“The timing was incredibly poor.” This comment from Kevin Scott, farmer from the Valley Springs, S.D. area, nicely sums up all soybean and cotton farmers’ thoughts on the court ruling shutting down the use of dicamba herbicides – right at the height of the growing season.

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SBA: Delivering Support to South Dakota Producers

The devastating impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) has tested the will of millions of agricultural businesses and farms throughout rural communities all over our nation, but help is on the way. Congress recently passed an extension of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) which includes over $310 billion in new funding to help small businesses and agricultural related industries support their payroll costs.

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Board of Directors Election

Soybean farmers in District 8: Request a ballot from the South Dakota Soybean Research and Promotion Council (SDSRPC) office. Contact Becky Cypher at 605.330.9942 or by email at bcypher@sdsoybean.org. Voting is open to qualified soybean farmers 18 and older from May 19 to June 17, 2020. Completed ballots must arrive by mail at the SDSRPC office no later than 5:00 p.m. on June 17, 2020. District 8 consists of Clark, Day, Marshall, and Roberts counties. SDSRPC is the soybean checkoff organization in South Dakota.

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Weather or Not: Looking Ahead to the 2020 Growing Season

This coming year does not look as difficult as this year, but I don’t think we’ll be flipping the switch, either, to a drier trend.”

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