School Officials Say Nearly a Thousand Students Are Homeless
Posted by KSJB News on 1/16/2017 5:17:00 PM.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The Sioux Falls School District has identified 965 school-aged children that lived without a home at some point in the past school year.

Lawmakers Seek to Delay Marijuana Law
Posted by KSJB News on 1/16/2017 4:53:00 PM.
ND Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota lawmakers say the state needs more time to craft rules to oversee the state's voter-approved medical marijuana law.

Cabin Fever Days in Jamestown
Posted by KSJB News on 1/12/2017 10:48:00 AM.
JAMESTOWN - The Jamestown Parks and Recreation Department has published the schedule for the upcoming Cabin Fever Days in early February.

Chicken Product Recalled
Posted by KSJB News on 1/12/2017 7:10:00 AM.
HOUSTON (AP) - Federal officials say a Houston company is recalling more than 3,500 pounds of chicken breast product due to mislabeling and undeclared allergens.

Glik's Closes Buffalo Mall Store
Posted by KSJB News on 1/11/2017 9:12:00 AM.
JAMESTOWN - On Tuesday, workers removed the sign above the entrance for the Glik's clothing store at the Buffalo Mall in Jamestown.  There was no indication they were reinstalling it somewhere else in the mall.  Wednesday, officials confirmed the retailer has pulled out of Jamestown.

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  • RRFN: Reporting Agriculture's Business
    This Friday, President-elect Donald Trump and Vice-President-elect Mike Pence will be sworn in. President Barack Obama will share that stage on Inauguration Day. The U.S. may be deeply divided on major issues, but this peaceful transition of power remains the envy of people around the world. The Red River Farm Network will continue to report on the agriculture stories coming from Capitol Hill. The only remaining cabinet position to be announced is the agriculture secretary job and RRFN is following that ongoing story. Today, RRFN is at a crop insurance meeting, a market outlook seminar, the precision agriculture summit and the North Dakota Grain Dealers Association annual meeting. In the week ahead, we will report from the Wide World of Weeds Workshop, the Precision Planting Winter Conference, a North Dakota Corn Growers Association farm bill meeting, a small grains update, Bean Day and the U.S. Custom Harvesters, Inc. convention.  You'll hear these stories on your local RRFN radio affiliate. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter for news and event updates and photos. The RRFN team, Carah, Mike, Randy, Jay and Don, are also on Twitter.  
  • A Record Soybean Crop
    U.S. soybean production totaled a record 4.3 billion bushels in 2016, down one percent from the November estimate, but ten percent more than a year-ago. According to Thursday's USDA report, the average yield was put at a record 52.1 bushels per acre. Harvested acreage is up one percent from last year to a record 85.7 million acres.
  • A Drop in Soybean Ending Stocks
    Diversified Services risk management analyst Rich Morrison says the USDA soybean stocks estimate confirmed the thoughts of many fund managers. “The government did drop the ending stocks of soybeans 60 million bushels," says Morrison. "Most of that came from a cut in production. That further solidified some of the fund ideas that this market should have continued strength in it.” South America’s crop will be the immediate focus for traders followed by acreage estimates in the U.S. “We will get a baseline set of numbers in late January or early February where USDA will put acreage numbers out. We get planting attentions at the end of March, but other than that, we’re watching South American weather here on out.” Morrison will be featured in a series of winter meetings in North Dakota, Minnesota and South Dakota in late January and early February.
  • USDA Report: Corn Outlook
    USDA says U.S. farmers produced 15.1 billion bushels of corn in 2016. That total is down one percent from the November estimate, but an increase 11 percent from one year ago. The average yield is 174.6 bushels per acre, which is down seven-tenths of a bushel from the November estimate. Harvested acreage is at 86.7 million down slightly from the November forecast, but an increase of seven percent from a year-ago. 
  • Still Lots of Wheat in the World
    USDA raised its estimate of world wheat ending stocks to 252.1 million tons in Thursday’s WASDE report. Increases are expected in spite of the lowest winter wheat seeding’s in a century. USDA chief economist Rob Johannson says the USDA wheat acreage surprised the trade. “At 32.4 million acres, down 3.8 million acres from last year, and that’s the lowest on record since 1909. It raises some questions going forward.”
  • A Decline in Winter Wheat Acres: What Does That Mean?
    The trade expected a drop in winter wheat acres in Thursday's USDA report, but not a decline to 32.38 million. That figure is ten percent less than last year. Martinson Ag Risk Management market analyst Randy Martinson says acreage is down throughout wheat country. “Kansas acres dropped by 13 percent from last year. Oklahoma was down ten percent. Texas was down ten percent and Colorado was off six percent, Montana was down 16 percent. North Dakota, which isn't a big state for winter wheat, saw a 50 percent decline in acres and South Dakota saw a 24 percent decrease. In all, we are looking at a lower crop rated as far as winter wheat and a lot less acres than anticipated.” Martinson will continue to monitor wheat conditions in the south. If drier weather conditions persist, the southern states could see a crop with not only fewer acres, but lower yielding and the potential for better quality. “If it starts to bring up their quality of wheat, it could take away our premiums."
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