South Dakota ranchers, farmers hit with rising property taxes based on soil type

Martin said that if all tax money stayed within the county, the system might not be so bad. But since the state gets some of the county’s tax money, and the state is shuffling money into different pots, the system seems inequitable for Fall River County ag producers. With ranchers paying corn ground rates on land being used as grassland, […]

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Drones: Hi-tech, multi-talented farm hands

When used with prudence, drones can be a potential tool to better control our agricultural productivity and to best invest our limited resources. Why Drones Are the Latest Buzz in Agriculture By virtue of their small size and easy operation, drones are cheaper and more efficient than manned aircrafts, manual scouting or satellite imaging. Credit: minhocos/Flickr, CC BY 2.0 Drones, […]

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New Zealand farmers thrive in absence of subsidies, government controls

“You had a system dictated by government programs that was thrown out the window overnight. But the farmers kind of reinvented themselves and now New Zealand is a powerhouse when it comes to agricultural production on the world stage.”  Facing a budget crisis, New Zealand’s government in 1984 repealed government subsidies for farmers. Since then, the agriculture industry has thrived. (Photo: […]

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