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South Dakota Hog Inventory Down 9 Percent

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The number of hogs and pigs in South Dakota is down 9 percent from the same time last year. That’s according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture hog inventory. The USDA says there were 1.18 million head in the state on March 1. Breeding hog inventory stood at 175,000...
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Ag Secretary Promoting Healthier Food Choices

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says it’s a misconception that fruits and vegetables are more expensive than processed food. Vilsack, speaking during a news conference Thursday at a Hy-Vee grocery store in Sioux Falls, says price comparisons that perpetuate the myth are based on calories. He says it makes...
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USDA Releases Prospective Spring Planting for SD

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Producers in South Dakota intend to plant 250,000 less acres of corn in 2013. That’s according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s prospective planting guidelines that have been released. The intentions are based on a March 1 survey of producers. Corn acres planted in South Dakota for 2013 are...
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USDA to Release First Look at 2013 Crop Estimate

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The USDA is releasing its first estimate of the 2013 crop size in its spring planting report. After a year dominated by worst drought since the 1950s, farmers are looking ahead to the next crop. Some analysts are expecting slightly more corn and soybeans to be planted than a...
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