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AG Show Features Rail Car One-on-One

by Mark Brown

A theme in It's YOUR Agri-Business:

Railcar shortage is real and it could affect what farmers plant.

Tuesday--- the Surface Transportation Board will meet one-on-one with those in Sioux Falls about the rail delays affecting grain on the ground, ethanol production movement, and fertilizer delivery. Secretary of Agriculture Lucas Lentsch encouraged those involved to meet between 8-5 at the Country Inn and Suites -- 200 E 8th.

It was 30 days ago that the Secretary, and a South Dakota Senator attended a meeting in Washington and told railroads and those in the government how serious it is. In this show Monday--Rick Shields -- Midwest Communication Farm Director said that want South Dakota is facing goes as far west as Montana.

Lentsch also explained the 2012 census information that was released late Friday---with a 3% increase in farmers but a reduction in Farmland.

Roger and Travis Stark--Howalt McDowell and Lance Vilhaurer --Plains Commerce in Aberdeen talked about the box car shortage --- planting updates --- and the need to make sure that farm livestock, farm buildings, and crops are insured and protected.

Rock Nelson -- International Marketing Director for Sioux Falls Development Foundation and Chamber and Steve Watson of the Governor's Office of Economic Development talked about the upcoming trip for 9 SD businesses and SDSU to China. The delegation leaves Friday and will visit with the largest marketplace in the world next week.

The design is to talk South Dakota ag products and manufacturing. Just last week Raven Industries announced it had acquired a Dutch business that gives the Sioux Falls Company a headquarters in western Europe.

Audrey Rider--SDSU Extension State 4-H Specialists invited teen leadership for a June 2nd-6th conference in Pierre that talk leadership skills in Teen Leadership Conference Around the World with TLC. 110 attended last year...registrations are due by May 10th.

Scott Varilek--Kooima Kaemingk Commodities explained that planting progress picking up with some warmer weather, wheat rallying with drier weather in wheat country, and Brazilian Soybeans showing up at a faster pace.

The Ag Show will be podcast by noon Tuesday.