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SD Soybean Yield Contest Winners

The winners of the 4th Annual South Dakota Soybean Yield & Quality Contest were announced on December 11th at the SDSA and SDRPC recognition banquet. Close to 300 entries were submitted, varying throughout ten categories. Congratulations to the following:


FDA Addresses Antimicrobial Use for Livestock

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration Wednesday is implementing a plan to help phase out the use of medically important antimicrobials in food animals for food production purposes, such as to enhance growth or improve feed efficiency. The plan would also phase in veterinary oversight of the remaining appropriate therapeutic uses of such drugs.


Farm Rescue Aids Record Number of Farm Families

JAMESTOWN, N.D, December 4, 2013 - Farm Rescue, a nonprofit organization that provides planting and harvesting assistance free of charge to farm families who have experienced a major illness, injury or natural disaster, has finished harvesting for 2013. 50 farm families were helped this year, and the reasons ranged from paralysis, broken bones, cancer and natural disasters.


Doe, A Deer, A Female Deer...with Antlers?

Deer hunters around the area could hold a fair stance in the argument that the 2013 deer season has been somewhat of a strange one.

Earlier in the month, Georgia hunter Sam Hogan took an albino buck. Now, there's word that a Minnesota hunter has taken an 8-pointer. What's the big deal here? It's a doe.


Young MN Farmers Capture Top Honors in YF&R Competitions

(Bloomington, MN) -- Young farmers in Renville, Goodhue and Stearns County captured top honors in the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) competitions.


Secretary's Advisory Committee Members Selected (BF&R)

Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden Thursday announced the appointment of 20 members to serve on the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Beginning Farmers and Ranchers during a trip to the University of Delaware. The Committee will provide guidance to the Secretary on expanding opportunities that will help beginning farmers and ranchers succeed in agriculture.


USDA Announces Additional Grants through Farm to School

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack Tuesday announced grants for 71 projects spanning 42 states and the District of Columbia that support the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) efforts to connect school cafeterias with local farmers and ranchers through its Farm to School Program.


EPA Proposes Lower Renewable Fuels Requirement

Earlier Friday, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard volume requirements. The proposed rule released by the EPA lowers the required consumption of conventional renewable fuel to 13.01 billion gallons, despite the law mandating consumption of 14.4 billion gallons, and below the 2013 level of 13.8 billion gallons. It also provides that biodiesel remains at 1.28 billion gallons; EPA has also proposed to reduce the total advanced biofuels requirement, which also limits the opportunities for biodiesel.


Senators Push for Biodiesel Support in RFS

(Washington, DC) – On Thursday, November 14th, U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), Al Franken (D-MN), Roy Blunt (R-MO), and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) led 28 of their Senate colleagues in a bipartisan letter urging the Obama Administration to support the American biodiesel industry in its upcoming 2014 regulatory proposal for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Current projections indicate that the industry will produce 1.7 billion gallons of biodiesel in 2014, continuing its pattern of exceeding annual RFS targets.