- When it comes to improving and maintaining the health of soil, there’s no universal recipe that works for everyone. Whether the method is planting cover crops, reducing tillage, incorporating crop rotation or a combination of practices, a growing number of farmers are making a commitment to improve the soil that nourishes their crops. “There’s no […]

- Two organizations representing South Dakota corn farmers have added new members to their boards of directors. Justin Minnaert, a 25-year-old farmer from Madison, is the newest member of the South Dakota Corn Utilization Council board. He will fill the District 2 seat that was held by Al Miron, who passed away last November. Mike Nickolas, […]

- As the United States continues to spar and negotiate with its trading partners, the message from rural America grows louder and clearer: Farmers want trade, not aid. In recent weeks and months, trade has been turned topsy-turvy. The U.S. and China are in a full-blown trade war, no deal has been reached on NAFTA and […]

- The interim CEO of the National Corn Growers Association is at no loss for words when he’s asked about the contribution Keith Alverson of Chester made during two terms on the NCGA board of directors. “Thisis my third ag trade association in a 30-year career, and I just haven’t run into many people who have […]

- Editor’s note: There’s an outstanding lineup of speakers on tap for the South Dakota Corn Growers Association’s 33rd annual meeting, which will be held Jan. 19, 2019. In our online Emerge newsletter, we will profile one speaker each month. First up is Eric Snodgrass. Eric Snodgrass became fascinated with weather when he was in college, […]

Farmers Want Trade, Not Aid

- The recent announcement of $12 billion in aid for farmers affected by trade tariffs has not been welcome news for the agriculture community. A stable global economy is the best way for the agriculture industry—and South Dakota corn farmers—to prosper. Nations must work together to meet the burgeoning consumer demands of a growing population that […]

A Win for Everyone: Improve Your Land, Provide Wildlife Habitat, Get Paid

- Farmers and landowners have one major thing in common—they want to take care of the land and help it be productive, whether that’s growing a crop or supporting wildlife. It’s in that very spirit that the South Dakota Corn Growers Association (SDCGA) is partnering with Pheasants Forever to promote the Saline Soils Initiative. SDCGA has provided […]

E15 Could Boost South Dakota’s Ag Economy

- South Dakota is an ethanol powerhouse. Our state, while one of the least populated in the U.S., churns out 1.016 billion gallons of ethanol per year, 7 percent of the U.S. total ethanol, from 15 ethanol plants, with one ethanol plant under construction. Those plants employ hundreds of workers, representing more than $2 billion in […]

It’s Time to Decide: South Dakota Congressional Primary

- South Dakota may not be heavily populated, but our state carries a lot of weight in Congress, especially when it comes to issues impacting farmers. That means the person who represents South Dakota in Washington, D.C., is tremendously important. The South Dakota primary election will be held June 5. Voters will be asked to choose […]

It’s Time to Decide: South Dakota Gubernatorial Primary

- Participating in our democracy has never been more important. The leaders we choose shapes our state and future in ways we don’t even think about, which makes it all the more important to choose wisely. The South Dakota primary election will be held June 5. Voters will be asked to choose their preferred Republican candidate […]