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Dave Fendrich (walking) helps Bryant Hofer (in combine) harvest a field of corn on October 2, 2013, near Salem, South Dakota. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Farm profits reached new heights last year, but are expected to drop in 2023

BY: - September 12, 2023

As food prices rose around the country, so did farmers’ take-home pay. Net farm profits rose by 30% from 2021 to 2022, according to recent data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. At the same time, food prices inflated by more than 10%. The USDA predicts farm incomes will drop by about 20% in 2023 […]

Sen. John Thune, Sen. Mike Rounds and Rep. Dusty Johnson attend a forum at Dakotafest in Mitchell on Aug. 16, 2023. (Joshua Haiar/South Dakota Searchlight)

At ag forum, Johnson, Thune and Rounds reject ‘loud’ approach to politics

BY: - August 16, 2023

MITCHELL — U.S. Rep. Dusty Johnson, R-South Dakota, received applause Wednesday at an agricultural trade show when he countered a call for more aggressive confrontation in politics.  An audience member at a Dakotafest forum on the farm bill asked why Johnson doesn’t attack his colleagues across the aisle with greater vehemence. Johnson said being loud […]

A farmer harvests corn near Slater, Iowa. on Oct. 17, 2020.

Farm bill timeline in flux as a messy September for Congress nears

BY: - August 15, 2023

WASHINGTON — The roundtables, listening sessions and appearances at farm shows have largely wrapped up and lawmakers tasked with reauthorizing the nation’s agriculture and nutrition programs are comparing notes and beginning to draft the massive, multi-year farm bill. The 2018 version expires Sept. 30, just as many urgent priorities compete for floor time in Congress […]

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Cultivating the next crop of America’s farmers

BY: - August 1, 2023

I consider my days in the sun as a young, organic farmer to be the most rewarding work I’ve done. The days were long, hot and unforgiving, but I felt free. Farmers have my utmost respect and I believe them to be the backbone of America. But for young people like me, becoming a full-time […]

Farming carbon: Farm bill presents opportunity to unite farmers, climate activists

BY: - June 23, 2023

IDEAL — On the rolling plains southwest of Chamberlain lies a 30-square-mile farm and ranch that serves as a testament to the power of soil health practices. Bryan Jorgensen has devoted his life to nurturing the soil and maintaining the ecological balance on his family’s land. Jorgensen said the practices not only improve his yields […]

Farmers say they can store carbon without pipelines

BY: - June 23, 2023

Some farmers who oppose carbon-capture pipelines say there’s a better way to put carbon in the ground: Pay farmers to do it. Two companies are proposing to spend billions on pipelines through South Dakota, to capture carbon dioxide produced at ethanol plants and transport it to underground sequestration sites in North Dakota and Illinois. The […]

William Cole, of the Cole Agency in Mississippi, testifies about crop insurance to a Senate agriculture subcommittee May 4, 2023, in Washington, D.C. (Committee livestream screenshot)

Rural lenders, crop insurance agents push for bolstered safety net at farm bill hearing

BY: - May 4, 2023

WASHINGTON — Rural bank executives and crop insurance agents testified at a Thursday Senate hearing in support of a modernized crop insurance market that helps upstart producers manage growing risks, and supports food security.  The witnesses told the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry that crop insurance represents one of the most important financial […]

Zippy Duvall, left, president of the American Farm Bureau Federation, and Rob Larew, president of the National Farmers Union, testify to a U.S. Senate ag subcommittee on May 2, 2023, in Washington, D.C. (Committee livestream screenshot)

Agriculture leaders urge a stronger farm safety net at U.S. Senate farm bill hearing

BY: - May 2, 2023

WASHINGTON — Farm and commodity trade association leaders lobbied for updating commodity programs and strengthening crop insurance programs at a Tuesday hearing of the U.S. Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry committee.  The industry officials said federal crop insurance and the Department of Agriculture’s Price Loss Coverage and Agriculture Risk Coverage programs are not serving as […]

Witnesses from agricultural trade-industry groups testify to a U.S. House subcommittee on April 26, 2023, in Washington, D.C. From left are Tom Haag, National Association of Corn Growers; Shawn Holladay, National Cotton Council; Aaron Flansburg, USA Dry Pea and Lentil Council; Kirk Satterfield, USA Rice; and Andrew Moore, U.S. Canola Association. (Courtesy of House Agriculture Committee staff)

Ag leaders lobby for better risk management programs at U.S. House farm bill hearing

BY: - April 27, 2023

WASHINGTON — Commodity trade group leaders at a U.S. House Agriculture subcommittee hearing this week advocated for bolstered risk management programs and maintaining foreign market access as tools to support farmers amid volatile times.   The industry representatives said supply chain disruptions and increased production costs have tightened margins for large-scale farmers, and decreased the effectiveness […]

Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, Republican Sen. John Boozman of Arkansas, and Republican Rep. Glenn “GT” Thompson of Pennsylvania. (Courtesy of Stabenow, Boozman, Thompson offices)

Congressional farm leaders split over work requirements for food aid, climate funds

BY: - April 26, 2023

WASHINGTON — Three of the four top agricultural leaders in Congress are emphasizing writing a farm bill that meets the needs of all rural Americans, but they diverge sharply over food assistance work requirements pushed by U.S. House Republicans as well as uses of Inflation Reduction Act conservation funds.  Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, […]

U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack testifies during a U.S. Senate Ag Committee oversight hearing March 16, 2023. (Committee video screenshot)

USDA secretary battles with U.S. House Republicans over costs of federal nutrition programs

BY: - March 28, 2023

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Republicans tussled with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Democratic committee members over work requirements in federal nutrition programs as well as spending levels for those programs at a Tuesday hearing.  Republican members of the House Agriculture Committee charged Vilsack with evading bipartisan oversight in the USDA’s 2021 redesign of the Thrifty […]

Dustin Schmidt, a South Dakota rancher and member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, speaks to the U.S. Senate Indian Affairs Committee on March 22, 2023, in Washington, D.C. (Screenshot from committee video)

Native American agricultural leaders detail farm bill priorities at U.S. Senate hearing

BY: - March 24, 2023

WASHINGTON — A roundtable of Native American agricultural leaders at a recent U.S. Senate hearing lobbied for increased sovereignty and social justice in the coming farm bill by expanding tribes’ jurisdiction over U.S. Department of Agriculture programs.  It’s called “638” authority and refers to Public Law 93-638, which gives tribes the power to manage certain […]