Windbreaks and Shelterbelts Need Watering Too

June 23, 2017

Story runs 4:19. Trees and shrubs are feeling the effects of the dry conditions this year in SD. In this SD Ag Chat, find out why it’s important to water new or established windbreaks or shelterbelts.

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Honey Bees Do Their Part to Help Feed the World

June 22, 2017

Story runs 4:37. NOTE: June 19-25, 2017 is National Pollinator Week. Worldwide, approximately 1,000 plants grown for food, beverages, fibers, spices and medicines need to be pollinated by animals in order to produce the products people depend on. In this SD Ag Chat, learn more about honey bees as pollinators.

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Connecting Agriculture: Finding a Solution to Nonmeandered Water

June 14, 2017

Connecting Agriculture: Finding a Solution to Nonmeandered Water

By Mike Jaspers, South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture

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Grant Funds Help SD Volunteer Fire Departments Do More

June 13, 2017

Story runs 4:47. The majority of South Dakota is served by volunteer fire departments, many of which have very small budgets. In this SD Ag Chat, hear how federal grant funds help these departments protect their service areas.

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Connecting Agriculture: Noxious Weeds, Obnoxious to Control

May 31, 2017

Connecting Agriculture: Noxious Weeds, Obnoxious to Control
By Mike Jaspers, South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture

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SD Beef Producers Send Positive Beef Message to New York

May 26, 2017

Story runs 4:06.

May is Beef Month. In this SD Ag Chat, hear why South Dakota beef checkoff dollars are being used to target consumers in New York.

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USDA NASS and Partners Gauge Crop Conditions Each Week

May 26, 2017

Story runs 2:58.

In this SD Ag Chat, hear South Dakota’s state statistician talk about how the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service gathers intel for the weekly crop progress reports.

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Noxious Weeds, Obnoxious to Control

May 26, 2017

Story runs 3:36.

May is Noxious Weed Control Awareness Month. In this SD Ag Chat, hear the state weed and pest supervisor talk about what noxious weeds are and what effect they can have on the land.

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Firewood Will Be the Most Likely Transporter of EAB to SD

May 25, 2017

Story runs 4:21. May 21-27 is Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week. In this SD Ag Chat, hear why firewood is the most likely way the harmful insect will get to South Dakota.

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Don’t Need Drought Conditions For Wildland Fires to Start

May 19, 2017

In 2016, almost 4.9 million acres of land in South Dakota were protected from wildfires. In this SD Ag Chat, hear the state’s fire meteorologist talk about how an area doesn’t have to be encountering drought conditions for wildfires to start.

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