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Young Farmers and Ranchers Holding Conference

OACOMA, - Young Farmers and Ranchers is holding its winter conference in Oacoma.

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Corn, Soybeans Suffer in Drought Year; Winter Wheat Seedings Down

SIOUX FALLS - Production of corn and soybeans in South Dakota was down last year, during a year in which much of the state was mired in extreme drought.

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Soybeans Finally Winning Ground in South Dakota

PIERRE - Farmers in South Dakota in 2012 planted 4.75 million acres of soybeans, of which they harvested 4.65 million.

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Rapid City Tree Farms Agree to Pay $170K in Fraud Case

RAPID CITY - The owners of two tree farms linked to a Federal Crop Insurance Program fraud case have agreed to pay the federal government $170,000 to settle the case.

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Aberdeen Beef Plant Clears Final Financial Hurdle

A beef processing plant in South Dakota that has struggled to begin operations says it has enough finances to get to full production.

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Grant to Help Build Agriculture Technology Center

A $50,000 Wells Fargo grant given to the Vision Brookings Foundation will help build a technology commercialization center in Brookings.

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Winter Wheat Farmers Concerned with Lack of Snow

Some South Dakota farmers are concerned about the lack of snow cover protection for winter wheat.

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USDA: South Dakota Hog, Pig Inventory Down

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says South Dakota's Dec. 1 inventory of all hogs and pigs was 1.2 million head, down 14 percent from a year ago and down 7 percent from Sept. 1.

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Some ranchers in the western United States reportedly are stealing grass and hay to feed their cattle, as the drought has depleted their own pastures.

Cattle Prices Jump More Than 30 Percent

The drought that plagued much of the region this summer has caused a cattle shortage, which in turn has prompted prices to rise between 30 to 40 percent higher than this time last year.

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South Dakota Ag Secretary Urges Use of Farm Loan Programs

State Agriculture Secretary Walt Bones says farmers and ranchers should consider taking advantage of state financial programs that lower the cost of borrowing money.

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