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Rodney Dale Allen

He donated his body to the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine in Vermillion SD. A private memorial for family and friends will be held at a later date. He was born in Spencer, SD. R... More Info...

Johansen Named Defensive Coordinator At USD

VERMILLION — University of South Dakota head coach Bob Nielson is pleased to announce that Travis Johansen, who has spent the last six seasons at Grand View University in Iowa, has agreed to be defens... More Info...

Obituary: Barbara Bretz Heisinger

Barbara Bretz Heisinger, 78, of Cedar Falls, Iowa, formerly of Vermillion, South Dakota, died January 2, 2019 at Western Home Communities of Alzheimer's disease. She was born April 18, 1940, in Bryan, ... More Info...

SPORTS BRIEFS: South Dakota hires new defensive coordinator

VERMILLION, S.D. | University of South Dakota head football coach Bob Nielson has announced that Travis Johansen has agreed to become the Coyotes’ defensive coordinator. Johansen had been the ... More Info...

Lennox Takes 2 at Vermillion

VERMILLION, SD… The top-ranked Lennox Orioles edged #4 Vermillion in a great girls basketball game Thursday night 63-55 in Vermillion. Madysen Vlastuin led the Orioles with 19 points and Rianna Fillip... More Info...

USD Hires Travis Johansen As Defensive Coordinator

VERMILLION, S.D. - University of South Dakota head coach Bob Nielson is pleased to announce that Travis Johansen, who has spent the last six seasons at Grand View University in Iowa, has agreed to be ... More Info...

South Dakota women top SDSU in 2 OT’s; Jackrabbit men roll

VERMILLION, SD — It was a thriller to remember as South Dakota triumphed over South Dakota State 105-98 in double-overtime Sunday afternoon inside the Sanford Coyote Sports Center in front of a ... More Info...

South Dakota Shakespeare Festival wants performers

VERMILLION — Performers are wanted for the South Dakota Shakespeare Festival, according to a news release. The event is looking for non-Equity performers for the outdoor production of A ... More Info...

South Dakota Hands Purdue Fort Wayne First Summit League Loss

VERMILLION, S.D. – - Purdue Fort Wayne saw their six-game win streak snapped on Sunday (Jan. 13) afternoon in an 87-73 loss at South Dakota. The Mastodons led 63-57 with less than 12 minutes left in t... More Info...

South Dakota hands Mastodons first Summit League loss

VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) Stanley Umude scored 26 points and South Dakota handed Purdue Fort Wayne its first Summit League loss with an 87-73 victory on Sunday. VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) Stanley Umude scored ... More Info...

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The Impact of the Federal Shutdown on U.S. Agriculture

While some USDA employees are still working on 'essential functions' on the job, a lot of services that matter to U.S. farmers are not available. These includes USDA loans, some farm program payments, most USDA reports, with more programs at risk the longer the shutdown persists. More Info...

Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices will reopen amid the partial governm

Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices will reopen amid the partial government shutdown to provide loan and payment assistance for farmers and ranchers according to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue. More Info...

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has announced many FSA offices

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has announced many FSA offices across the country will open for three days. More Info...

The nearly five-year saga of the confrontation between Nevada rancher

The nearly five-year saga of the confrontation between Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and the Bureau of Land Management has drawn to a close with the sentencing of the final defendant. More Info...

Transporting Livestock Across America Safely (TLAAS) reintroduced in C

Transporting Livestock Across America Safely (TLAAS) reintroduced in Congress to help reform Electronic Logging Device (ELD) and hours of service rules for livestock haulers. More Info...

Meteorologist Cindi Clawson has an update on the moisture map.

Meteorologist Cindi Clawson has an update on the moisture map. More Info...

More Selling to Come?

Is there more downside risk to the grain markets? More Info...

Manure application during winter months presents tough management deci

Manure application during winter months presents tough management decisions. Here's the top 10 tips to keep in mind for application. More Info...

Markets Watching Headlines Closely

Markets Watching Headlines Closely More Info...

Chilean grape production started slowly but picked up steadily this ye

Chilean grape production started slowly but picked up steadily this year. More Info...

Milk prices to start out 2019 haven’t been too encouraging for a ral

Milk prices to start out 2019 haven’t been too encouraging for a rally that dairy farmers have been needing during a multi-year down cycle, but relief might be on the way. More Info...

The amount of time required to draft a solid succession plan is differ

The amount of time required to draft a solid succession plan is different for every family. More Info...

Estate planning is complicated, and for farmers that’s especially tr

Estate planning is complicated, and for farmers that’s especially true. More Info...

Meteorologist Cindi Clawson is tracking a big storm off the West Coast

Meteorologist Cindi Clawson is tracking a big storm off the West Coast. More Info...

The California Fresh Fruit Association has prioritized issues for 2019

The California Fresh Fruit Association has prioritized issues for 2019, with federal immigration policies and their effects on the labor force as the leading issue. More Info...

Four months after Missouri agreed to regulate the term meat, one of th

Four months after Missouri agreed to regulate the term meat, one of the nation's largest cattle producers, Nebraska, is now following suit. More Info...

Animal rights activists continue to threaten animal agriculture. What

Animal rights activists continue to threaten animal agriculture. What can you do to protect your farm? More Info...

Polly Dobbs is an estate planning lawyer, who along with her team at D

Polly Dobbs is an estate planning lawyer, who along with her team at Dobbs Legal Group, has worked with hundreds of farm families. More Info...

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson (R) is on a mission to see change. He recen

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson (R) is on a mission to see change. He recently sat down with U.S. Farm Report and talked about the broadband connectivity issue, as access to rural broadband is a priority for him as Governor. More Info...

As reports continue to come in about the spread of African swine fever

As reports continue to come in about the spread of African swine fever through China’s hog herd, important lessons are emerging that U.S. producers are taking to heart. More Info...

Tyson Foods is teaming up with the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) to

Tyson Foods is teaming up with the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) to develop and employ strategies that encourage sustainability while meeting consumer demands for more sustainably grown foods. More Info...

Which came first, the chicken or the egg? What came next…chicken mi

Which came first, the chicken or the egg? What came next…chicken milk?! More Info...

Today on AgriTalk, we’re talking biodiesel with National Biodiesel B

Today on AgriTalk, we’re talking biodiesel with National Biodiesel Board CEO Donnell Rehagen and pork with Dr. Liz Wagstrom of NPPC and Jennifer Shike of Farm Journal’s PORK. More Info...

After 16 separate cattle attacks in the last few months of 2018, a wol

After 16 separate cattle attacks in the last few months of 2018, a wolf pack in Washington has killed three more cattle to start out 2019. More Info...

AFBF President says 2018 will go down in American Farm Bureau books as

AFBF President says 2018 will go down in American Farm Bureau books as one of the most productive agricultural policy years in its history. More Info...

Four-legged Woody saved the day when Joe Sheeran’s life flashed befo

Four-legged Woody saved the day when Joe Sheeran’s life flashed before his eyes. Pinned beneath a cow, he thought it was all over until his 8-month-old Australian Shepherd came to his rescue. More Info...

A wreck in southern Mexico involving a truck hauling cattle and a semi

A wreck in southern Mexico involving a truck hauling cattle and a semi carrying more than 100 undocumented Central American migrants resulted in one person dying and cattle being scattered.  More Info...

The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partners

The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership took effect Dec. 30, making Vietnam a promising but highly competitive market for U.S. beef and pork. More Info...

For the first time since December, 2017, cattle feeding margins have e

For the first time since December, 2017, cattle feeding margins have exceeded packer margins in the Sterling Beef Profit Tracker. More Info...

Through the history of the beef quality assurance (BQA) initiative, we

Through the history of the beef quality assurance (BQA) initiative, we’ve known the effort would never be “finished,” but instead would require continuous improvement and discovery of new methods or practices. More Info...

Authorities in Missouri arrested a man nearly a year after seven cattl

Authorities in Missouri arrested a man nearly a year after seven cattle went missing from a pasture in the northeast part of the state. More Info...

Pew Research asked a question about genetically. modified foods and th

Pew Research asked a question about genetically. modified foods and the impact on one's health. The answers reveal a disturbing trend that John Phipps points out in this week's John's World. More Info...

As the fight over President Donald Trump’s border wall continues, US

As the fight over President Donald Trump’s border wall continues, USDA reports are at a standstill. University of Missouri economist Scott Brown says no reports or fresh data may be bad news for the cattle markets. More Info...

Massey Ferguson 1085 Tractor Sold for Record Price Saturday

1974 Massey Ferguson 1085 tractor sold for new record high auction sale price Saturday (January 12, 2019) on west-central Illinois farm sale by Sullivan Auctioneers More Info...

Florida officials are investigating an apparent increase in cattle dea

Florida officials are investigating an apparent increase in cattle deaths across the state, with investigators focusing on one particular brand of feed.​ More Info...

A semi hauling approximately 2,400 feeder pigs crashed on the flyover

A semi hauling approximately 2,400 feeder pigs crashed on the flyover ramp from I-75 North to I-70 West in Vandalia, Ohio, on Monday afternoon. More Info...

Search on for Brexit consensus after May's crushing defeat

Prime Minister Theresa May was trying to forge consensus in parliament on a Brexit divorce agreement on Wednesday after the crushing defeat of her own deal left Britain's exit from the European Union in disarray 10 weeks before it is due to leave.
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Four U.S. troops reported among 16 dead in north Syria attack

A bomb attack claimed by Islamic State killed U.S. troops in northern Syria on Wednesday, weeks after President Donald Trump said the group was defeated there and he would pull out all American forces.
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Turkey's Erdogan says 20 killed, including five U.S. soldiers, in Syri

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said 20 people were killed in the bomb attack in northern Syria on Wednesday, including five U.S. troops.
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Factbox: UK PM May's Brexit next steps: Nothing has changed, or new ap

Prime Minister Theresa May has outlined a collaborative approach to finding a new Brexit deal after her agreement was crushed by parliament on Tuesday in the biggest defeat for a British government in modern times.
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Ford sees weaker-than-expected fourth quarter, uncertainty in 2019

Ford Motor Co forecast a weaker-than-expected fourth quarter profit and provided a cloudier 2019 outlook due to tariff costs and uncertainty over Britain's exit from the European Union, sending shares down more than 3.5 percent on Wednesday.
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Gains in Goldman, BofA send Wall Street to four-week high

Bank shares drove Wall Street's main indexes to a one-month high on Wednesday after strong earnings from Bank of America and Goldman Sachs, with a multi-billion dollar deal in the fintech sector also helping a risk-on sentiment.
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U.S. import prices fall; year-on-year drop largest since 2016

U.S. import prices fell for a second straight month in December as the cost of petroleum products tumbled and a strong dollar curbed prices of other goods, leading to the largest year-on-year drop in more than two years.
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Goldman dealmakers shine in Solomon's maiden quarter

Goldman Sachs Group Inc turned in a better-than-expected profit during David Solomon's first quarter at the helm, helped by dealmakers in the division the new chief executive once oversaw.
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World stocks rise; sterling up ahead of May vote

Major world stock indexes rose on Wednesday, with the S&P 500 supported by gains in U.S. bank stocks after strong earnings, while the pound edged up ahead of a no-confidence vote in British Prime Minister Theresa May's government.
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Trump threatens to use emergency power to build wall, end shutdown

Flanked by border agents who are going without paychecks during a government shutdown, U.S. President Donald Trump threatened on Thursday to use emergency powers to bypass Congress to pay for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.
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Trump threatens to use emergency power to build wall, end shutdown

Flanked by border agents who are going without paychecks during a government shutdown, U.S. President Donald Trump threatened on Thursday to use emergency powers to bypass Congress to pay for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.
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Trump cancels planned Davos trip as shutdown drags on

U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday canceled a planned visit later this month to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, signaling he was prepared for the political showdown over the partial federal government shutdown to stretch into late January.
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As shutdown lingers, Pelosi urges Trump to reschedule State of the Uni

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday asked President Donald Trump to reschedule the annual State of the Union address until the federal government fully reopens, as a partial shutdown stretched into its 26th day with no signs of resolution.
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USDA recalls workers to help process farm loans, tax documents: statem

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will temporarily reopen its Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices starting on Thursday to help process farm loans and tax documents, it said in a statement on Wednesday.
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Airbus spends $300 million on new Alabama plant for A220 jet

Airbus expanded its industrial presence in the United States on Wednesday, preparing to breaking ground on a new assembly plant for the A220, 18 months after agreeing to buy the Canadian jetliner in the midst of a U.S.-Ottawa trade row.
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U.S. shutdown turns Washington into ghost town during quiet travel sea

Washington hotels have cleared out entire floors. Restaurants have considered taking out loans to stay open. Phones have stopped ringing at tour companies.
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Signet Jewelers unit pays $11 million fines to end U.S., New York prob

Sterling Jewelers Inc, whose brands include Kay Jewelers and Jared, agreed to pay $11 million in fines to settle charges by U.S. and New York regulators that it signed up consumers for store credit cards and credit insurance without permission.
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Small quake shakes northern California, no immediate damage reported

A small earthquake shook buildings and roused Northern California residents from their sleep early on Wednesday, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.
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Disgraced U.S. ex-cardinal could be defrocked soon: Vatican sources

Disgraced former U.S. cardinal Theodore McCarrick is almost certain to be defrocked in the next few weeks over allegations against him, including sexual abuse of minors, two Vatican sources said.
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Shutdown bites economy, U.S. Coast Guard, as talks to end impasse stal

The U.S. economy is taking a larger-than-expected hit from the partial government shutdown, White House estimates showed on Tuesday, as contractors and even the Coast Guard go without pay and talks to end the impasse seemed stalled.
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Obituaries credit to: Hansen Funeral Home - Vermillion

William O'Connor

William “Bill” Patrick O’Connor was born in Vermillion, SD, on October 16, 1949 to parents Michael & Aileen (Ryan) O’Connor. Bill grew up in the Garryowen area, attended Walnut Grove Elementary School and graduated from Akron High School. Bill helped work his family’s farm until he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1967 and honorably served his country. After returning home, he married Paula Hubert in 1977, began his farm, and started their family. He worked days on the farm and welded at night to provide for his family. Bill was a visionary, hard worker, entrepreneur, husband, father and grandfather. He was a self-made man who believed hard work would get you anything. After years of working two jobs, Bill founded O’Connor Kiln & Dryer, Inc. in 1998. Bill fit the mold when you think of the stereotypes associated with being Irish. He was as stubborn as they come and strong willed, but also very generous. He often plowed driveways for neighbors and was known for giving people second chances, especially those that worked for him. He would be the first person to suggest and offer to take someone to an AA meeting. Bill had many hobbies; he enjoyed cutting wood, drinking coffee, playing card games such as solitaire or hearts, riding horses and a good debate. He loved spending quality time together otherwise known as “family togetherness time”, cutting and splitting wood. He was passionate about running his business, and making the impossible job, possible. With age and grandchildren, Bill’s patience grew, as did his love for his own children (but especially his grandchildren). “Gramps” was adored by his grandchildren. His favorite games to play were hide-and seek, chasing after the kids, “throwing the kids away” and of course, “tick tock.” Gramps will be deeply missed by all of his grandchildren. Bill is survived by his wife of 41 years Paula; 4 children: Will (Burbank, SD), Shane (Burbank, SD), Carolyn (Grand Forks AFB, ND) and Don (Burbank, SD) and their families. Bill is also survived by brothers Michael O’Connor, Harry O’Connor and Tony Schneider; and sisters Audrey Harris and Peggy Donnelly. Bill was preceded in death by his parents Michael and Aileen O’Connor; brother Donald O’Connor; and sisters Connie Johnson and Judy Satiroff.

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