Janelle is editor of the Tri-State Neighbor, covering South Dakota, southwestern Minnesota, northwestern Iowa and northeastern Nebraska.
This would be the first weekend of the Clay County Fair in Spencer, Iowa. While the fair is canceled this year, there are still ways to get your fair fix. We talked with the fair manager about the hard decision to cancel and what it means from a financial standpoint.
Field days and plot tours look different this year with the coronavirus pandemic making people cautious of large gatherings. Seed companies and university extension experts are getting comfortable in front of the camera, hosting video field days and getting information to growers in new ways.
Hunter Roberts, 41, will be South Dakota's secretary of agriculture and natural resources. Grandpa Clint Roberts was South Dakota secretary of agriculture from 1979-80 before serving in Congress.
A new program of Sioux Falls-based Farmers Business Network (FBN) is connecting farmers who use regenerative methods with buyers that will pay them a premium. The so-called GRO Network launched Sept. 1 with another Sioux Falls company as a major player.
The 82,000 acres of yellow field peas Puris procured this year will need to expand to a target 147,000 acres in 2021 and more than 200,000 acres in 2022.
There are efforts to loosen regulations on meat sales across state lines and programs to give U.S.-raised beef a leg up in the marketplace being championed by South Dakota’s delegation in Washington, D.C. At home, state leaders are hoping to help small processors handle the newfound demand for locally processed meat.