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Grants Available for Tree Planting
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) has grant funds available to communities that lost trees during storm events.

Four Reappointed to State Conservation Commission
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has reappointed Doug Hansen of Webster, Wayne Bunge of Rapid City, Charlie Moe of Rosebud and Aaron Kiesz of Aberdeen to the State Conservation Commission.

2017 Wildland Fire Academy Registration Open
Registration is open for the 2017 Wildland Fire Academy which will be held in Ft. Pierre, S.D., on March 23-26.

Caution Urged When Monitoring Burned Slash Piles
South Dakota Wildland Fire, a division of the South Dakota Department of Agriculture, is urging residents who have burned brush piles this season to ensure that the piles have been completely extinguished.

Much More Than Fighting Wildland Fires
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Wildland Fire division serves as the primary firefighting agency for state owned land, but they do more than put out fires.

Waste Pesticide Disposal Program Hits 1 Million Pounds
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s (SDDA) waste pesticide disposal program has topped the one million pound mark since the program began in 1993.

Agriculture Officials Highlight Importance of International Trade and Establish Priorities for Next Farm Bill
The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture emphasized the importance of international trade and expanded markets for U.S. agriculture at its annual Winter Policy Conference this week in Washington, D.C.

SD Ag Chat: Seize the Story Telling Opportunities
Everyone has to eat.

SD Ag Chat: When it Comes to Firewood, Shop Local
When you bring firewood home or to your campsite, you may also unknowingly be transporting harmful pests.

Legendary Southern Rock Band Lynyrd Skynyrd to Play the SD State Fair
The South Dakota State Fair, a division of the South Dakota Department of Agriculture, announces Lynyrd Skynyrd will perform at the grandstand on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017.

Connecting Agriculture: Knowing Your Financial Options
Low prices and high costs are affecting everyone involved in agriculture.

Obtain Firewood from In-State Sources
Camp fires or fire pits are becoming a common sight year round in South Dakota.

Online Option for Grain Checkoff Payments
Grain elevators in South Dakota have a new option for submitting payments to the state’s grain checkoff funds.

Big & Rich First Concert Announcement for SD State Fair
The South Dakota State Fair, a division of the South Dakota Department of Agriculture, announces Big & Rich & Cowboy Troy will perform at the state fair grandstand on Friday, Sept. 1, 2017.

SD Ag Chat: Dairy Checkoff Dollars Working Around the World
You may be eating the results of partnerships formed between various fast food restaurants and the dairy checkoff.

SD Ag Chat: FSA Programs Help Keep Farmers and Ranchers Afloat
In this SD Ag Chat, USDA Farm Service Agency administrator Val Dolcini talks about the role FSA programs play in providing financial stability for farmers and ranchers.

SD Ag Chat: Inside the SD Meat Inspection Program
Animal Industry Board inspectors in South Dakota take hundreds of samples each year from local locker plants or grocery store meat counters and send them to a lab to be tested.

SD Ag Chat: Fun Facts About Poinsettias
The poinsettia originated in Mexico, but the majority of the flowers are grown and exported from the US.

SD Ag Chat: Ice Melt Products May Harm Trees and Lawns
Ice melt products make it easier to clear off sidewalks and driveways during the winter.

SD Ag Chat: Conservation Stewardship Program Well Received in SD
The Conservation Stewardship Program is helping farmers across the US manage working pasture and crop land.

Connecting Agriculture: Reflecting on Our Blessings
I can hardly believe 2016 is coming to a close.

Burn Permits Open Within the Black Hills Fire Protection District
Winter burning season burn permits are now being issued for the Black Hills Forest Fire Protection District.

SD Ag Chat: SD FFA Developing Leaders
FFA members from across South Dakota recently came together to compete in a variety of speaking competitions at a state contest in Pierre.

SD Ag Chat: Taking Proper Care of Live Christmas Trees
Your Christmas tree doesn’t need vodka or aspirin to last longer.

SD Ag Chat: Christmas Tree Inspections
Before that live Christmas tree can go home with you, it gets examined by inspectors with the South Dakota Department of Agriculture.

Farmers and Merchants Bank Adds to Nordby Exhibit Hall Gift
Farmers and Merchants Bank, a branch of First National Bank, has provided an additional gift to the South Dakota State Fair Foundation for the Nordby Exhibit Hall for 4-H, Youth and Community.

Commercial Applicator Recertification Classes Start in January
Recertification classes for commercial pesticide applicators start next month in South Dakota.

SD Ag Chat: FSA County Committee election deadline extended
The deadline to submit ballots for the USDA Farm Service Agency 2016 County Committee Elections has been extended to ensure farmers and ranchers have sufficient time to vote.

Seriously Twisted Fun at the 2017 SD State Fair
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s State Fair Park has announced the theme for the 2017 South Dakota State Fair-- “Seriously Twisted Fun.”

SD Ag Chat: Bison industry a bright spot in the agriculture economy
In this SD Ag Chat, hear more about the growing demand for this niche market meat.

SD Ag Chat--Greenway: Proud of Being a Farmer, Proud to Tell His Story
South Dakota farmer Brad Greenway is proud of what he does for a living.

Connecting Agriculture: Thanking Our Firefighters
The weather this fall across much of South Dakota has been unseasonably warm and dry.

Tree from Huron Selected as State Capitol Tree
A 28-foot tall Colorado blue spruce from Huron has been chosen to serve as the featured tree in the South Dakota State Capitol Christmas tree display.