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May 31, 2016 | The Business of Agriculture

Cattle Transition Part Two: Cow/Calf Caution

As the industry adjusts to lower cattle prices, it is more important than ever to know your cost of production and make decisions that boost efficiency.

Jun 17, 2014 | Rural Communities

Iowans Shine at Dairy Quiz Bowl

June is National Dairy Month. Iowa is celebrating by crowning 4-H youths who excel in their knowledge of the always changing dairy industry.

Jun 2, 2014 | The Business of Agriculture

Rising Cattle Values Boost Need for Owner Equity, Lender Capacity

Ranchers, feeders and feedyard operators often ask why lenders require cattlemen to invest greater levels of equity to maintain the lending relationship. We offer the answers.

Apr 15, 2014 | Rural Communities

Government Aid Only Goes so Far for South Dakota Rancher; Kindness is Key to Recovery

Rancher Shawn Freeland doesn’t look to the USDA’s livestock disaster assistance program to restore his herd following last October’s blizzard. Only time – and extraordinary acts of kindness – will help him weather his cattle losses.

Mar 11, 2014 | The Business of Agriculture

The Way of the Future: Fossil-fuel Free Farms

The Dakota Lakes Research Farm in Pierre, South Dakota, has cuts its use of fossil fuel by half. Now it has its sights on a fossil-fuel free operation by 2026.

Feb 13, 2014 |

What the Farm Bill of 2014 Means to Producers

As a whole, the new Farm Bill is notable for continuing core programs that farmers and ranchers need to manage the risks inherent to commodity prices and weather.

Dec 2, 2013 | The Business of Agriculture

Rancher Relief Fund Grows, Now Accepts Applications

The South Dakota Rancher Relief Fund has raised nearly $1.8 million and is now accepting applications from producers who lost animals to Storm Atlas.

Nov 4, 2013 | The Business of Agriculture

Livestock Recovery Takes More than Dollars and Cents

As our financial officers meet with customers affected by livestock losses in South Dakota and Nebraska, I’m reminded that recovery isn’t as easy as simply buying more cows.

Oct 19, 2013 |

Mobilizing Support for South Dakota Producers

The early October blizzard that hit the state killed untold numbers of calves and cows. Now is the time to reach out and help South Dakota’s livestock producers.

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