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USDA expediting federal relief for Dakotas ranchers hit by blizzard

February 15, 2014 in Uncategorized

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is expediting a farm bill provision that provides relief to South Dakota ranchers devastated by an early October blizzard.

The agency is responding with almost unprecedented speed after fi erce lob…continue reading on mitchellrepublic.com

1980S SERIES: Farm crisis unites a state

February 14, 2014 in Uncategorized

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the fourth in a series of stories about the 1980s in the Mitchell area and the decade’s impact on modern life. To read the entire series, go to mitchellrepublic.com.

It was supposed to be a joke.

“I think we should keep t…continue reading on mitchellrepublic.com

Index: ND land price increase slows

February 3, 2014 in Uncategorized

FARGO — An annual index of farmland values increased 17 percent in North Dakota in 2013, according to an annual report by a state land appraisers group.
That’s a healthy increase but only “moderate” compared with a 39 percent increase index …continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

Blizzard-lost Plains cattle will hurt area economy

October 22, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

RAPID CITY, S.D. A South Dakota Stockgrowers Association official says an early October blizzard that killed tens of thousands of cattle in western South Dakota will have a staggering economic impact. Continue Reading

SD ranchers want bred cows to replace those lost in storm

October 16, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

Ranchers in South Dakota who lost large parts of their cattle herds to a winter storm are not asking for blankets or food to help them recover. They want pregnant cows and heifers of breeding age, said a group organizing donations on Tuesday. Continue Reading

35th annual West River Livestock Show is next weekend

October 11, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

The Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce Agriculture Committee is hosting the 35th annual West River Livestock Show on Oct. 18 and 19 at Dickinson State University Multi-Purpose Arena. Continue Reading

Record blizzard kills S.D. cattle, government shutdown to slow aid

October 8, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

Disaster aid will be slow to come for South Dakota ranchers who lost as many as 60,000 head of cattle during an historic blizzard over the weekend, industry officials said on Tuesday. Continue Reading

Harvest of health and help for Greenway

October 2, 2013 in Uncategorized

MOUNT VERNON — This soybean harvest was worth more than just its yield.

Neighbors, friends and family gathered Wednesday afternoon to help harvest about 500 acres of Alan and Julie Greenway’s soybeans northeast of Mount Vernon.

Alan, father…continue reading on mitchellrepublic.com

81-year-old rancher dies after Monday incident in Slope County

June 11, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

A southwest North Dakota rancher has died after a Monday morning accident in Slope County. Continue Reading

In Harvey, farmers are playing the waiting game

May 13, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

HARVEY It’s a sunny day in early May, the sort of day on which farmers in the Harvey area normally are going full bore in their fields. Not this year. A cold spring has delayed planting, and farmers here don’t expect to be in their fields until the middle of May at the earliest. Continue Reading