Weekly Column

Farmer aid program will help many farmers, program is designed to help largest farmers most

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released details about its new Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) for farmers hit by the impacts of the coronavirus Tuesday. 

The final rule, including information about how farmers can apply, comes after Congress approved $9.5 billion for the program in late March. 

Large-scale solar energy production coming to South Dakota

South Dakota’s solar industry is poised for significant growth as a result of two proposed utility-scale solar energy construction projects.

The first of their kind in South Dakota, the projects in Oglala Lakota and Pennington counties have the potential to increase South Dakota’s installed solar capacity from less than 1.8 megawatts to more than 200 megawatts in the next two years.

Protect meatpacking plant workers and our food supply

Meatpacking plants across the country have become COVID-19 hotspots, and the struggles faced by the people working inside are apparent and alarming.

Our friends and neighbors are being asked to risk their health, safety, and lives without vital protections on the job which, in turn, is endangering our food supply and our entire communities. People working in meat and poultry plants continue to be asked to work shoulder to shoulder without critical protections and they are getting sicker and sicker as a result.

Conservation Stewardship Program application deadline upcoming

The deadline for farmers and ranchers to apply to the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) is quickly approaching. Application deadlines vary by state, so interested producers should contact their local Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) office as soon as possible and be aware of new safety procedures in place due to the coronavirus. 

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