Planning for the next farming and ranching generation involves many challenges as well as emotional issues. To help, the South Dakota Farm Bureau (SDFB) Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) is hosting two succession planning seminars.
American Farm Bureau Federation Vice President Scott VanderWal and Texas Farm Bureau President Russell Boening today warned Congress that many farms will lose money and even go out of business entirely if the growing trade war continues. Each called for a resumption of talks and removal of tariffs that are undoing decades of progress in trade.
South Dakota Farm Bureau (SDFB) applauds a recent letter sent by the South Dakota congressional delegation to President Donald Trump urging him to make U.S. agriculture exports a priority with trading partners around the world.
Minnehaha County Farm Bureau is bringing back Farm Bureau Night at the Sioux Falls Canaries game on Monday, July 16 at the home of the Canaries, the Birdcage.
Celebrate summer with South Dakota Farm Bureau (SDFB) at a Hawaiian Luau on Wednesday, July 18 from 6-9 p.m. at the Farm Bureau Building on the Turner County Fairgrounds in Parker, S.D. The SDFB Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) in that area are hosting the event along with local county Farm Bureaus.
South Dakota Farm Bureau (SDFB) urges agriculture producers and businesses to be in contact with South Dakota congressional representatives on the impact of escalating tariffs and potential trade wars on producers in South Dakota.
SDSU Extension is now accepting applications for beefSD Class 4. BeefSD is an intensive two-year educational program designed to take participants to the next level in beef production. Class 4 is scheduled to start in the fall of 2018. To date, 110 people from 62 South Dakota cattle operations have completed the program
South Dakota Farm Bureau (SDFB) Women’s Leadership Team (WLT) presented a $1,750 check recently to the Rapid City Regional Hospital Foundation. The funds will be used to provide meals to families that have pediatric patients staying in the hospital.
South Dakota Farm Bureau (SDFB) is pleased to announce six winners of the 2018 SDFB Scholarship.
Farmers and ranchers are urged to submit comments opposing a proposed import tariff by China on goods from the United States to China. U.S. goods affected in the tariff include beef, soybeans, sorghum and airplanes. The Chinese tariff is in response to a recommended tariff the Office of U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) has posed to China.
Students from South Dakota State University Collegiate Farm Bureau will dig into the question of how our food is produced when they host a showing of the movie “Food Evolution” on Wednesday, March 28 at 7 p.m. at the Baily Rotunda Room D on the SDSU campus.
The South Dakota Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Team (WLT) will participate in showcasing agriculture to 3,500 children March 16 & 17 in Sioux Falls at the Washington Pavilion.
The South Dakota Farm Bureau (SDFB) Women’s Leadership Team (WLT) shared the Farm Bureau story at the Women in Blue Jeans Conference held recently in Mitchell, S.D.
The American Farm Bureau Federation today presented Rep. Kristi Noem (R-S.D.) with AFBF’s Golden Plow award. The Golden Plow is the highest honor the organization gives to sitting members of Congress.
Members of the South Dakota Farm Bureau (SDFB) Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) and Collegiate Farm Bureau traveled to Reno, Nevada recently to participate in the National YF&R Leadership Conference.
South Dakota Farm Bureau member Jared Knock of Willow Lake will be the key-note speaker at the South Dakota 4-H Leaders Association Conference on Sat. Feb 24, 2018 in Huron.
South Dakota Farm Bureau and the South Dakota Department of Agriculture are again partnering to recognize South Dakota farms and ranches that have been in the same family for 100 years and more. The Century Farm celebration will take place at the South Dakota State Fair in Huron, August 30, 2018.
Applications are now being accepted for South Dakota Farm Bureau (SDFB) scholarships for college-bound high school as well as current college and continuing students.
South Dakota Farm Bureau will be part of the 60th Anniversary Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo (BHSS) taking place at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center and Central States Fairgrounds Jan. 26 – Feb. 4 in Rapid City.
Reid Jensen, a Burbank, S.D. producer, was elected to serve on the South Dakota Farm Bureau Board of Directors at the organization’s recent Centennial Convention.
Jared Knock, of Carpenter, S.D., finished third in the nation at the Young Farmer and Rancher (YF&R) Discussion Meet at the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Convention held recently in Nashville, Tenn.
Delegates to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) 2018 Annual Convention re-elected Zippy Duvall of Georgia as President and South Dakota farmer Scott VanderWal as Vice President of AFBF for another two-year term.
Tune in for LIVE coverage of the Finals of the AFBF Discussion Meet and Pres. Donald Trump.
South Dakota Farm Bureau President Scott VanderWal and former SDFB board member Phil Hamburger of Gettysburg, S.D., will join 98 other farmers to ride on a float in the 100th Annual Tournament of Roses Parade on January 1, 2018, live from Pasadena, CA.
The South Dakota Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers will host their annual Farm and Ranch Conference, January 19-20, 2018 at the Downtown Hilton Garden Inn, Sioux Falls, S.D.
Donald J. Trump, the 45th president of the United States, will address farm and ranch families from across the nation at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) 99th Annual Convention in Nashville, Tenn.
The South Dakota Farm Bureau (SDFB) Young Farmers and Ranchers (YF&R) Committee recognized several individuals at the SDFB Centennial Convention held recently in Sioux Falls. An award of high esteem given by YF&R is in honor of former SDFB president and board member Richard Kjerstad of Wall, S.D.
Three agri-businesses were honored recently with the “Friend of Agriculture” award by South Dakota Farm Bureau at their Centennial Convention held recently in Sioux Falls.
Jared Knock of Willow Lake, S.D. was named the winner of the South Dakota Farm Bureau Young Farmer & Rancher Discussion Meet contest held recently at the SDFB Centennial Convention in Sioux Falls.
South Dakota Farm Bureau President Scott VanderWal expressed his appreciation to the South Dakota Congressional delegation for their support of the tax reform bill that was approved in the United States Senate. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act proposal aims to reform the nation’s tax code with the goal of promoting economic growth.
Attendees at the South Dakota Farm Bureau (SDFB) Centennial Convention had the opportunity to watch artist John Green of Madison, S.D., create an original painting exclusively designed for the South Dakota Farm Bureau centennial.
South Dakota Farm Bureau (SDFB) honored several volunteers and outstanding county Farm Bureaus during the SDFB Centennial Convention held recently in Sioux Falls, S.D.
Volunteers from across the state cut and tied 100 blankets during the recent South Dakota Farm Bureau Centennial Convention held in Sioux Falls and donated the tie-blankets to a local hospital. Members of the SDFB Women’s Leadership Team (WLT) and Young Farmers and Ranchers (YF&R) Committee made the fleece blankets to benefit others in honor the organization’s 100th year.
“Visiting Grandpa and Grandma’s Farm” is a self-published book that was unveiled at the South Dakota Farm Bureau Centennial Convention held in Sioux Falls Nov. 17-18. The book was written by members of the South Dakota Farm Bureau (SDFB) Women’s Leadership Team.
South Dakota Farm Bureau (SDFB) will spend the second day of their Centennial Convention on November 18, 2017 looking to the future of Ag in South Dakota.
South Dakota Farm Bureau (SDFB) congratulates the appointment of Paul Shubeck as the new South Dakota state FSA director. Shubeck, a farmer from Beresford, S.D. was announced to lead the USDA’s Farm Service Agency in South Dakota earlier this week.
Community Memorial Hospital in Burke, S.D., is the recipient of a $10,000 donation from the South Dakota Farm Bureau Centennial Community Initiative. The award will be recognized on Wednesday, November 8 at 5 p.m. at the hospital in Burke.
Make plans to attend the South Dakota Farm Bureau (SDFB) Centennial Convention, Nov. 17-18, 2017 at the Sioux Falls Convention Center. The 2-day event will feature nationally-recognized speakers on issues facing the ag industry, retired NFL Linebacker Chad Greenway, and for the first time in the 100-year history, the organization will offer a special foodie event featuring Aaron Sanchez, Food Network Chef. The Friday night foodie event will include a Foodie Fiesta presented by Hungry for Truth, an initiative from South Dakota Soybean Research & Promotion Council.
Grain bin accidents can tragically impact individuals, families and entire communities. Grain rescue tubes can save lives in the event of a grain entrapment and producers in Clay / Union County will now have grain rescue tubes available to them because of a donation through the South Dakota Farm Bureau Centennial Community Initiative.
Yankton High School has never had an agriculture program or an FFA Chapter. This offering is now a reality because of a $6,000 donation from the South Dakota Farm Bureau Centennial Community Initiative.
The Butte / Lawrence County Fairgrounds located at Nisland, S.D. is gearing up for major improvements to the bleachers thanks to the South Dakota Farm Bureau Centennial Community Initiative. The new project will be recognized on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 5 p.m. MT at the Fairgrounds located in Nisland.
The community of Webster will be getting a new 3D outdoor archery range thanks to the South Dakota Farm Bureau Centennial Community Initiative. The new facility will be recognized at an Open House on Friday, October 27 from 3-7 at the facility along US Highway 12 west of Webster. Clark / Day County Farm Bureau will be grilling steak sandwiches at the event.
Cooler weather is not stopping the community of Platte from celebrating new playground equipment in their community. The equipment was made possible thanks to the South Dakota Farm Bureau Centennial Community Initiative and will be recognized at an event on Friday, October 14, 2017 at the playground next to the new Platte swimming pool.
South Dakota Farm Bureau (SDFB) President Scott VanderWal and Michael Elsen, a producer from Hecla were part of a small group that met privately with U.S. Agriculture Sec. Sonny Perdue today in Washington, D.C. to discuss issues relating to wetland concerns.
It seems simple. A single tube. But it’s something that could mean the difference between life and death in a grain bin. Thanks to a donation by the South Dakota Farm Bureau Centennial Community Initiative, producers in Brookings and Kingsbury counties will have this resource available to them.
Pictures from the 2017 Century Farm Celebration are now available.
Visitors to the World’s Only Corn Palace can now learn more about agriculture thanks to a donation from the South Dakota Farm Bureau Centennial Community Initiative (CCI).
Brown County will see improvements in Emergency Response equipment and training thanks to $10,000 of funding made possible by the South Dakota Farm Bureau Centennial Community Initiative.
Parades, retro games, great entertainment and free ice cold water are just a few of the ways South Dakota Farm Bureau will be celebrating 100 years of the organization all week along Farm Bureau Avenue at the 2017 South Dakota State Fair.
South Dakota Farm Bureau will be hosting a Farm Bureau Forum on Wednesday, Aug. 16 at 10:30 a.m. CDT in the Reaves Building at Dakotafest in Mitchell
Family Night at the Park was held at Lake Carthage to celebrate the opening of a new handicap accessible / family friendly fishing pier. The new pier was made possible thanks to funding from the South Dakota Farm Bureau Centennial Community Initiative.
South Dakota Farm Bureau (SDFB) will be offering new “Lunch and Learn” sessions at Dakotafest in their hoop building and tent located in lot #445 on the east end of 4th Street at Dakotafest on the Schlaffman Farm in Mitchell, S.D.
Grant County 4-H youth are now able to participate in a new program titled All About Agriculture thanks to donations from the South Dakota Farm Bureau Centennial Community Initiative grant.
Young people in the Prairie Winds 4-H Program are receiving new educational kits as well as adding facility improvements thanks to donations from the South Dakota Farm Bureau Centennial Community Initiative grant.
A new concession stand and handicap accessible restrooms have been built on the Perkins County Fairgrounds thanks to donations from the South Dakota Farm Bureau Centennial Community Initiative grant.
How does the oldest county fair in South Dakota keep growing and expanding? Community commitment and support is behind the latest addition to the Turner County Fair in Parker, S.D., where a new commercial building is being constructed to keep pace with growing demand from those who want to interact with over 80,000 attendees who take in the annual event.
South Dakota Farm Bureau announced their support to today’s move by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to make more land available for emergency haying and grazing.
Student athletes in four South Dakota school districts will benefit from improvements to their basketball courts, thanks to funds from the South Dakota Farm Bureau Centennial Community Initiative.
A north central South Dakota community will celebrate improvements to provide more housing to the community of Herreid on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. A refurbished 8 plex on Main Street in Herreid is possible thanks to the South Dakota Farm Bureau Centennial Community Initiative.
South Dakota Farm Bureau applauds U.S. Sen. John Thune’s (R-S.D) letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue requesting the reversal of a USDA requirement that forces farmers and ranchers to destroy useable hay that would soon be harvested according to a CRP mid-contract management practice.
Roberts County 4-H Members will celebrate improvements to benefit the counties Horse Program on Wednesday, June 28 at 10 a.m. during the Roberts County 4-H Horse Show at the Arena in Sisseton, S.D. The purchase of a new sound system and educational safety equipment is the result of the South Dakota Farm Bureau Centennial Community Initiative.
Sanborn County 4-H Members will celebrate improvements made at their fairgrounds on Monday, June 26 at Noon during the Sanborn County 4-H Horse Show at the fairgrounds in Forestburg, S.D. A newly built crows nest is the featured improvement, which is among the list of statewide projects funded through the South Dakota Farm Bureau Centennial Community Initiative.
An archery shoot-out will take place on Friday, June 16 at 1:30 p.m. to celebrate the first phase of the new Wall Archery Range located in Wall, S.D.
Winners have been announced for the annual South Dakota Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers photo contest. “Telling Your Ag Story” was the theme for the annual photo contest, which awards cash prizes to winners and the opportunity for winning photos to be published in Tri-State Livestock News Ag Pride Edition, as well as utilized in South Dakota Farm Bureau promotional material.
Project Made Possible by South Dakota Farm Bureau Centennial Community Initiative Ten beef cattle will be donated this week to McCrossan Boys Ranch as part of a new Cattle Breeding Program the Ranch is initiating. An event to celebrate “the cows coming home” will be held at McCrossan Boys Ranch west of Sioux Falls on Thursday, June 8 at 4 p.m.
Increased trade and marketing opportunities for exporting U.S. meat was the message attendees heard at the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) spring conference held recently in Arlington, VA.
A special interim committee in South Dakota studying nonmeandered waters will be the subject of the South Dakota Farm Bureau (SDFB) Town and Country Radio show airing on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 10 a.m. on KELO radio.
South Dakota Farm Bureau (SDFB) announced their support for a plan announced today by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to create a new undersecretary position focusing on trade and foreign agricultural affairs in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Putting others first was the philosophy of South Dakota Farm Bureau member Jane Gebhart of Meadow, S.D. Two days before Gebhart passed away following a brief illness, she spent her time assembling welcome bags with her grandchildren that were donated to help women and children at a shelter in Spearfish, S.D.
The confirmation of Sonny Perdue to the position of Secretary of Agriculture is drawing loud support from South Dakota Farm Bureau. SDFB President Scott VanderWal, who also serves as Vice President for the American Farm Bureau says with Perdue’s confirmation, action for agriculture in the new Administration can now begin.
Biotechnology in food production is the focus of a presentation featuring Julie Borlaug on April 12 at 7 p.m. on the South Dakota State University Campus in Brookings.
Three South Dakota Farm Bureau (SDFB) members recently had the opportunity to learn about agriculture in Germany first-hand through a study trip sponsored in part by SDFB.
Farm and ranch families of South Dakota Farm Bureau kicked off Ag Week as they donated close to $1,500 worth of groceries to the Ronald McDonald House in Sioux Falls.
Relief is on the way to farmers and ranchers who have suffered losses following devastating fires in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Colorado. Beresford, S.D. farmer Jed Olbertson, in cooperation with South Dakota Farm Bureau, is coordinating donations of hay and financial support that will be shared with those in need.
South Dakota farms and ranches that have been in the same family for 150 years will be recognized for the first time this year as Sesquicentennial Farms during the Century Farm celebration at the South Dakota State Fair in Huron, August 31, 2017.
Farm Bureau members from across the country were challenged to get more involved in policy decisions that impact farming and ranching at the annual FUSION conference held recently in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard today issued an Executive Proclamation honoring 2017 as the Centennial Celebration of South Dakota Farm Bureau.
Farmers and ranchers interested in learning more about financial planning for their operation will want to attend "It's All About the Numbers" on Tuesday, February 7 at 10 a.m. at the Watertown Farm Show.
South Dakota Farm Bureau announced their support for President Donald Trump’s nomination of federal appeals judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.
South Dakota Farm Bureau will have a strong presence at the Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo (BHSS) taking place at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center and Central States Fairgrounds Jan. 27 – Feb. 4 in Rapid City.
South Dakota Farm Bureau wants the new administration to take another look at international trade opportunities such as the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP).
South Dakota Farm Bureau member Josh Geigle was part of a panel discussion at the 2017 American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Annual Convention held recently in Phoenix, Arizona.
President-elect Donald Trump has nominated former Georgia governor Sonny Perdue as his choice for Secretary of Agriculture. This nomination is the final selection for the new Trump administration.
Nomination hearings are being held on Wednesday for Scott Pruitt as administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Pruitt, is the latest member of President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet nominees to face formal Senate hearings.
The South Dakota Farm Bureau (SDFB) announced today that applications are now being accepted for scholarships for college-bound high school as well as current college and continuing students.
American Farm Bureau delegates sent an urgent message to lawmakers on Capitol Hill last week regarding how important regulatory reform is for agriculture and rural America. South Dakota Farm Bureau members were among 5,000 Farm Bureau members representing all 50 states and Puerto Rico at the American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Meeting held January 7-11, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona.
Applications are now being accepted for the South Dakota Farm Bureau (SDFB) Federation Centennial Community Initiative grant. SDFB will be reinvesting $100,000 in local communities for community improvement projects in 2017 as part of the organization’s centennial year.
Young people involved in agriculture are invited to participate in the South Dakota Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF& R) Winter Conference, January 20-21, 2017 at the Hilton Garden Inn, Sioux Falls, S.D.
South Dakota Rep. Kristi Noem (R-SD) is taking the lead in curbing rising health insurance costs thanks to introducing legislation to repeal the Health Insurance Tax (HIT).
South Dakota Farm Bureau honored several SDFB members with award during its recent Annual Convention.
Young people in agriculture are invited to attend the annual South Dakota Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers Winter Conference, January 20-21, 2017 at the Hilton Garden Inn, Sioux Falls, S.D.
The Codington / Hamlin Farm Bureau will be presenting a year-end financial training on December 7, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. at the Watertown Pizza Ranch. The event is free and open to area Farm Bureau members.
South Dakota Farm Bureau (SDFB) kicked off their centennial celebration last weekend in Rapid City and announced it will be reinvesting $100,000 in local communities during their centennial year in 2017.
The South Dakota Farm Bureau’s Women Leadership Team (WLT) announced their Accurate Ag Book for the coming year at the 2016 SDFB Annual Convention. The book that was selected is written by Dan Yunk, former CEO of the Kansas Farm Bureau and is titled Kailey's Pig 'Tales’.
South Dakota Farm Bureau will be participating in a TransAtlantic Dialogue on the Future of Family Farms. The discussion will take place on December 8, 2016 from 12-5:30 p.m. at the Stoney Creek Inn in Sioux City, Iowa. The discussion is part of ongoing TransAtlantic Dialogue with the German-American Chamber of Commerce - Midwest and is free and open to the public.
South Dakota Farm Bureau will begin a yearlong celebration of its 2017 Centennial year. To commemorate the event, the organization will announce plans to reinvest in South Dakota communities during its 99th Convention at the Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn in Rapid City.
South Dakota Farm Bureau congratulates Sen. John Thune and Rep. Kristi Noem on their successful re-election to represent South Dakotans in Washington, D.C. The overwhelming voting majority emphasized their support for the dedication and results Thune and Noem deliver on behalf of the state.
South Dakota State University President Barry H. Dunn was recently named to serve on the Environmental Protection Agency's newly formed Agriculture Science Committee. Dunn's selection to the new 20-member committee was elevated and supported by the South Dakota Farm Bureau (SDFB) and American Farm Bureau Federations (AFBF).
South Dakota Farm Bureau Federation will be holding it's 99th Annual Convention Nov. 18-19, 2016, at the Holiday Inn Rushmore Plaza, in Rapid City.
Josh Geigle, Pennington County Farm Bureau President, has been awarded the John J. McCloy Fellowship through the American Farm Bureau Federation.