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BONES: State, nation are built on the ‘rock’ of agriculture

December 20, 2012 in The Daily Republic

That rock is made out of our farmers and ranchers that take care of business, the land, their livestock, the wildlife and the environment. Continue Reading

OPINION: Tough agricultural year warrants introspection

November 29, 2012 in The Daily Republic

After enduring one of the most volatile growing seasons in history, it is time for us in agriculture to step back and evaluate our year and plan on where our farms and ranches are headed next year. Continue Reading

BONES: ‘It’s what you know that just ain’t so’

March 23, 2012 in The Daily Republic

Ag producers need to educate public about relevant science issues.
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Politics could put farm bill on hold

March 3, 2012 in The Daily Republic

Observers say little likely to get done ahead of election.
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BONES: Ideas, creativity crucial to future of agriculture

February 17, 2012 in The Daily Republic

South Dakota producers have worked together to make agriculture the number one industry in the state, an accomplishment that all South Dakotans can take pride in. By individuals working together to find new advances and helping each other out, agriculture will continue to grow into an even larger industry. Continue Reading

Fewer, bigger dairies transform industry

December 3, 2011 in The Daily Republic

PARKER Walt Bones is one of the biggest dairy farmers in South Dakota. And he’s never milked a cow in his life. Bones, in partnership with some relatives and neighbors, owns about 4,000 head of dairy cattle. Half of them are milked at two large dairy operations near Parker. They produce millions of gallons of milk every year.
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SD legislators to ride combines this fall

October 10, 2011 in The Daily Republic

PIERRE (AP) There will be some fresh faces in combines this fall across South Dakota as 18 state legislators trade their suits for cowboy boots.
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BONES: Pine beetle a true hazard in South Dakota

September 9, 2011 in The Daily Republic

The governor has announced the Black Hills Forest Initiative, a new initiative designed to prevent the mountain pine beetle from destroying the forest and its communities by increasing awareness of the problem; engaging homeowners and businesses; coordinating with state, county and federal partners; and increasing those resources used to deal with the problem. Continue Reading