Many South Dakotans are dealing with flood issues following recent blizzards and record-breaking rain.
Early calving spring cow herds have wrapped up calving and are preparing for breeding season. If you are having flashbacks to breeding in the mud of 2018, try approaching this year with an open mind and review breeding season protocols with a “mud” backup plan.
Given the recent havoc endured by producers in the upper mid-west by the spring blizzard or even prior flooding we are aware that many producers have incurred losses. There are several programs available through the Farm Service Agency (FSA) and the Natural Resources Conservation Service to help provide assistance.
What do you do when your small business is hit by a disaster such as a flood, tornado, fire or other natural disaster? Many times, with the day to day work of operating a business, we sometimes forget about what we have in our disaster plan.
Whether communities are planning for, experiencing, or recovering from a disaster, checklists are helpful. View some helpful checklists created by experienced people who know what is needed during any stage of a disaster.
As snow melts, livestock producers will deal with mud at a minimum and extensive flooding as a worst-case scenario. While we can’t control the pace of melting or the possibility of more precipitation, we may be able to take a few steps to mitigate the negative impacts.
Recent flooding has wreaked havoc on livestock producers in Southeastern S.D., while blizzard conditions and feet of snow are still creating challenges for producers in the North and Western sides of the state.
Even though every producer tries their best to keep all animals born alive, there will always be death loss in livestock production systems.
The Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) is designed to provide a payment to livestock owners or contract growers who experience excess livestock deaths due to adverse weather, including winter storms, floods, extreme cold and blizzards, eligible disease and eligible attacks.
As South Dakota and our surrounding neighbors begin to deal with the consequences of spring snowmelt and the dramatic flash flooding that came about from the region’s most recent winter storm, we can only hope that conditions begin to improve quickly.