King Corn’s Midwest Palace
Written by Nate Birt and Sara Brown
Since 1892, the Corn Palace in Mitchell, S.D., has hosted an ongoing celebration of corn, as well as high school basketball games and an annual fall festival.
Each year, more than 500,000 tourists visit the Corn Palace to learn about agriculture from the routinely updated murals made entirely of corn. Thirteen different colors of corn are used to decorate the facility, nailed ear by ear until designs are complete.
Inside, exhibits describe the types of corn grown in the U.S. and their usage. Visitors can purchase corn-themed memorabilia, food products and more.
The 2014 theme is "Remember When" and includes scenes such as a 1960s-style soda fountain and filling station, a farmer traversing a corn field on his tractor, a newsboy and more.
The Corn Palace is open Monday through Saturday, January to March, and daily from April to November. For information, visit www.CornPalace.com.
What a Day!
It truly was a rougher-than-expected commute when this driver lost control on an icy gravel road. The truck hit an embankment and rolled. There’s a reason Sochi didn’t call back with that Olympics invitation. If only there was a sport for that!
After more than three years of work, the farm bill is finally done.
President Obama signed the farm bill into law. The Senate passed the legislation Feb. 4 in a 68 to 32 vote. The House passed the measure Jan. 29 in a 251 to 166 vote.
Total cost of the Agricultural Act of 2014, a 959-page document, which averages about $1 billion per page.
Increase to the crop insurance program.
Allocation for the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development program.
Allocation for Extension to help educate farmers on program choices. An additional $3 million is earmarked for universities to create web-based decision tools.
Acres allowed in the Conservation Reserve Program for 2014, down from the current 32 million acres. In 2018, the cap falls to 24 million acres.