Happy National Ag Day!

Today marks the 45th National Ag Day.

American agriculture is the foundation of our country. It’s the backbone of a healthy and prosperous nation that’s made possible by the hard work of America’s farmers and ranchers.
At CHS, we are proud to support National Ag Day and promote the agricultural industry today and every day.  Hear from Sarah Gallo, Government Affairs Director for CHS on how your voice is important to the industry.
Your Voice is Important and People are Listening., by Sara Gallo

South Dakota Launches New Sensitive Crop Registry, FieldWatch

March 13, 2018 Alert

South Dakota Launches New Sensitive Crop Registry

The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) announced a new partnership with FieldWatch, Inc. to introduce a new sensitive crop registry that will enhance communication between applicators and producers in South Dakota. FieldWatch is a not-for-profit company with existing registries in multiple states across the country. The new partnership will facilitate increased awareness and communication as part of ongoing stewardship activities.

The FieldWatch platform will allow beekeepers and commercial producers of specialty crops (such as tomatoes, fruit trees, grapes and organic crops) to register and map their sites online with an easy-to-use mapping tool and provide contact information about their operation. Pesticide applicators can access the site to help determine the scope and location of specialty crops and beehives in their areas. Registered applicators can sign up to receive email notifications when new specialty crop fields or beehives are added to their designated state, county or areas.

The new registry is free and voluntary to use. Both commercial and hobby beekeepers can use the system, however only managers and owners of specialty crop fields that are used for commercial production and are of at least a half-acre in size will have fields approved by the state data steward. FieldWatch is not intended for homeowners or those with small gardens.

Pesticide applicators will have different options for viewing locations on the new system, including a new mobile app coming this spring, but all users (applicators, producers, and beekeepers) will need to go to www.fieldwatch.com and create an account to get started. For additional resources you can also visit www.fieldwatch.com/resources.

Contact Us

Kathy Zander, Executive Director

Roxanne Rice, Finance Director

Phone:  605/224-2445

Fax: 605/224-9913

Email:  info@sdaba.org

Website:  www.sdaba.org

Students storm the Hill with fresh perspectives and CHS support

When people ask CHS Government Affairs staff what it’s like to work as a lobbyist in Washington, D.C., they’re always curious about how the political landscape has changed in recent years. Sarah Gallo, director, CHS Government Affairs, is happy to share anecdotes, but she’d rather discuss how the conversation about agriculture has evolved. Students, farmers and the ag industry will carry that message to Capitol Hill on National Ag Day, to be celebrated March 20 in Washington, D.C., and across the country. (more…)

Faulkton Lunch March 7th for Harvest for Hunger

 

Join us tomorrow for our lunch in Faulkton to support Harvest for Hunger

Our Faulkton location will be holding a lunch to support Harvest for Hunger on March 7th. A free will donation lunch of burgers and brats will be held from 11am – 2pm at the Faulkton Office/Shop. They will also be selling tickets for a drawing to be held March 26th. Drawing prizes include: a $200 beef bundle of your choice and a $100 pork bundle of your choice from Bauer’s Supervalu. Tickets are $2 each or 3 tickets for $5. All donations will go to support the local food shelf.  If you have any questions please give our office a call 605-598-4532

Winds of change in China

global agriculture

By Joe Lardy, research manager, CHS Hedging

China has had a long-standing policy to be self-sufficient in key food source production, including rice, wheat and corn. In 2004, the Chinese government made historic adjustments to its agriculture policy when it eliminated taxes on agriculture and created a new system of subsidies for key commodities. The subsidies supported seed and machinery purchases and resulted in improved infrastructure.

This set the stage for a huge buildup of acreage devoted to corn production. (more…)

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