The dog days of summer are spent by the pool, on the lake, or sitting inside next to the air conditioner. That’s how we dream of our summers, but for some kids, it’s feeding and taking care of livestock to show at the county fair.
On May 27 it was announced that a $1.1 billion meat packing plant would be opening in Rapid City, and on June 6 Kingsbury and Associates, along with Sirius Realty announced the name of the proposed meat packing plant as well as their partnership with the Farmers Union Industries.
Area ranchers welcomed the moisture, and say this most recent storm are making them feel better about raising crops and cattle this year. However, the South Dakota Grassland Coalition is warning ag producers to plan ahead.
City and suburban growth tends to come at the expense of our natural resources, but one world-traveled woman who settled in Spearfish is doing her part to make certain a piece of the Black Hills stays untouched by urbanization for generations to come.
Members of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, South Dakota Senator Mike Rounds, and New Mexico Senator Martin Heinrich, introduced the Indian Buffalo Management Act, legislation to create a permanent buffalo program. The goal is to encourage tribes to manage bison herds with the help of the U.S. Department of the Interior.
Although South Dakota has a number of local and small-scale processors, there’s only one large plant, DemKota, in Aberdeen and Sustainable Beef would actually be slightly closer for a number of west river ranchers. Plus another processor in the area could mean more demand and higher prices for ranchers.
temperatures hit 100 degrees on Tuesday, leaving most of the Black Hills categorized as either high fire danger or extreme fire danger. Throughout the year forest rangers help prepare the woods for these types of hot temperature days.
The threat of wildfires has been moderate to high for most of the summer, but with temperatures expected to reach 100 degrees Tuesday, the ever-present fire danger in the Black Hills becomes more of a concern.
Anyone with a green thumb knows that the garden teaches patience, care and watchfulness. The Pennington County Sheriff’s office is hoping to sow these valuable life lessons, by giving inmates the chance to grow alongside what they plant.
California, Washington, and Oregon are some of the states battling widespread forest fires, the particles from the burning forests are swept up by high winds and taken across the country, causing haze in the South Dakota sky.
The northern plains are hot and dry this year, and as the sun continues to peek through the smoky air, the cattle industry in Western South Dakota is beginning to suffocate, leaving ranchers and farmers praying for rain.