SD Ag Chat–USDA NASS Surveys—Quantifying Ag in SD

May 12, 2017

South Dakota ranks among the top ten states in over 30 crop and livestock production categories, but where does that information come from? In this SD Ag Chat, South Dakota’s state statistician talks about how answers given on USDA NASS surveys comes back to benefit the producers.

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Connecting Agriculture: Celebrating Wildfire Awareness Month

May 10, 2017

Connecting Agriculture: Celebrating Wildfire Awareness Month

By Mike Jaspers, South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture

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Agriculture Production and Processing Show Much Potential for Economic Development in SD

May 1, 2017

Story runs 3:02. About 115,000—or 1 out of 5-- South Dakotans works in the agriculture industry or in an ag related job. In this SD Ag Chat, the head of economic development for the state talks about how his agency helps encourage the growth of job opportunities in agriculture and many other industries.

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Invasive Plant Pests and Diseases are Costly for U.S.

April 28, 2017

Story runs 5:33. The term “invasive plant pest” can refer to an insect, a weed or a disease. In this SD Ag Chat, hear more about what invasives are and things you can do to stop them from spreading.

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Connecting Agriculture: Celebrating Earth Day by Doing Our Part

April 21, 2017

Connecting Agriculture
Celebrating Earth Day by Doing Our Part
By Mike Jaspers, South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture
April 21, 2017

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2017 Fire Season May be Quieter Than Last Year

April 20, 2017

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Temperature and moisture are two main factors in determining the level of fire danger an area may face. In this SD Ag Chat, hear the state fire meteorologist tell us what those two things show for South Dakota in 2017.

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Giving Consumers a Place to Find Accurate Information About How Their Food is Grown and Raised

April 7, 2017

There are hundreds of websites on the internet aimed at providing accurate information about today’s agriculture practices in the U.S. In this SD Ag Chat, hear from the leader of one organization that strives to cut through the clutter and give consumers one website to rely on.

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Tourism Industry Taking Note of Vacationer Interest in Agri-Tourism

March 24, 2017

Agriculture and tourism are both important industries in South Dakota. In this SD Ag Chat, hear how the state’s tourism department is planning to promote a combination of the two.

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Young SD Couple Building Cattle Herd from Square One

March 24, 2017

Getting started in any business is challenging. In this SD Ag Chat, hear about one young couple whose love for cattle makes the challenges they face to build their herd worth the risk.

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Be Counted, Answer NASS Surveys

March 23, 2017

It’s National Ag Week. The last U.S. Census of Agriculture was done in 2012. In this SD Ag Chat, South Dakota’s state statistician tells how answering USDA NASS surveys has a direct effect on farmers and ranchers.

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