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Secretary Lentsch, Corn, Soybean Growers Join SDSU, Plains and Howalt McDowell on Ag Business

by Bill Zortman

It's YOUR Agri Business is a part of the landscape Monday's 10-11. It's Ag News you can use whether you are a producers, a consumers, or just interested in what's trending each week.

In Monday's Show ---South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture Lucas Lentsch told listeners that the 2012 census figures indicated more farms in South Dakota but fewer acres. The report from Census and USDA is still open to your interpreting but provides some insight into interest land and population directions for the future.

  Lentsch updated the trip that he and Governor Dennis Daugaard made to California looking to interest dairy interests to consider South Dakota with its welcome mat out and tax benefits. Stay tuned for more updates as the dry west looks at friendly alternatives for herds in the next few years.

  Lisa Richardson -- Executive Director of the South Dakota Corn Growers Association explained that many producers are headed to San Antonio this week for one of the biggest farm expos in the country.

  If you'll check the podcast --- you'll hear Richardson talk about corn prices, ethanol and the next generation of farmers being courted by USDA with Google and social media.

  Dave Poppens is South Dakota's representative on the American Soybean Association. Poppens farms more than 2600 acres near Lennox. The Lennox soybean advocate explained what the American Soybean Association does as well talked about his thoughts on this year's prices and crops and whether our families are willing to stay on the farm for years to come.

 Dr. Joe Cassedy --- SDSU was working with me to prepare for an interview with Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. Vilsack talked with It's YOUR Agri Business in December and is scheduling another interview in the weeks ahead. Dr. Cassady -- via SKYPE from Brookings outlined some points he would like clarified for South Dakota by Vilsack --- the Livestock indemnity program, the Livestock Forage  Program to compensate ranchers for losses due to drought or fire, and the Hatch Funding for Land Grant Universities like SDSU. His full interview is a part of the Agri-Business podcast.

  Travis Starks -- Howalt McDowell is the next generation for our insurance carrier on It's YOUR Agri Business. Each week Travis and his dad Roger look at the interests of the farmers and those serving farmers with advise for those on coverage of their buildings and farming activities. They include updates on Howalt University.

   Rocky Boer at Plains Commerce Bank -- is our farm financial voice in town and City. Rocky's look at what's affecting Mitchell, Hoven, and other South Dakota communities represents the rural resource view of what's happening in agriculture -- including prices, land values, and a better understanding for those that rely on food for their tables. Plains Commerce has two Sioux Falls locations.

    Rick Shields -- our Mid-west Communication Farm Director provides an overview of what's important across not only the Dakotas and the Sioux Empire -- but across the mid-west.

     Oh yes --- you should know that the National Association of Farm Broadcasters have approved my membership as a Farm Broadcasters. I've covered farm news across the mid-west, Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee since 1964. Yes 50 years!!!