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Commercial Pesticide Applicator Testing Available Electronically
PIERRE, S.D.-The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) announces Commercial Pesticide Applicator testing is now available on electronic tablets at Regional South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension Centers across the state.


Burn Permits Open within the Black Hills Fire Protection District
RAPID CITY S.D. — Burn permits are now being issued for the Black Hills Forest Fire Protection District for the winter burning season.


Growing in Agriculture: Veterans in Rural America
Loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity and personal courage are all words that embody the timeless values of military service. Every Veterans Day, we honor the men and women throughout our country who have worn the uniform in military service.


Funding Available through USDA for South Dakota Honey Bee Habitat
RAPID CITY, S.D. – The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today more than $4 million in technical and financial assistance is available to Midwest farmers and ranchers to improve honey bee habitat.


Workshop on Identifying and Treating Mountain Pine Beetles in the Black Hills
PIERRE, S.D. – The 2014 mountain pine beetle (MPB) flight has ended and the time is now to identify and treat this year’s infested trees. The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) will host a free workshop on the identification and treatment of MPB in the Black Hills.


Fire Officials Urge Caution during Harvest
RAPID CITY, S.D. – The South Dakota Division of Wildland Fire is asking ranchers and farmers to take extra precautions to prevent wildfires when harvesting crops this fall.


Growing in Agriculture: Tell the Feds, States Do it Best
I'm proud of our farmers and ranchers who are committed to being good stewards of our water. Join me in sending the EPA and the Corps a clear message that the people of South Dakota know more about protecting our water than any agency in Washington, D.C.


South Dakota Tractor Collector Group Donates $50,000 to State Fair Foundation
HURON, S.D.-The International Harvester Collectors Club – South Dakota Chapter 21 has raised more than $50,000 for the new State Fairgrounds’ exhibit hall.


South Dakota Participates in International Trade Summit
South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture Lucas Lentsch last week joined other state agriculture department leaders and their counterparts from Mexico and Canada for a two-day agricultural trade summit as part of the 23rd Annual Tri-National Agricultural Accord in Chicago, Illinois.


Workshop on Identifying and Treating Mountain Pine Beetles in the Black Hills
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) will host a free workshop on the identification and treatment of mountain pine beetles (MPB) in the Black Hills. The 2014 MPB flight has passed and the time to identify and treat this year’s infested trees is now.


Growing in Agriculture: Success and Change for the SD State Fair
The final numbers have been out for a few weeks, but stating the attendance number for the SD State Fair never gets old. Attendance for the 2014 SD State Fair came in at 210,465, up 15 percent from last year’s fair.


SD Dept. of Ag Releases South Dakota Agricultural Economic Impact Study
PIERRE, S.D.- The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) presents the South Dakota Agricultural Economic Impact Study, a special collaboration with South Dakota State University Extension (SDSU), National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) and Decision Innovation Solutions (DIS).


American Bank & Trust Invests in 4-H Youth and the Huron Region
HURON, S.D.-American Bank & Trust was recently recognized for providing a gift of $50,000 to the South Dakota State Fair Foundation toward its “Building a Showcase for 4-H, Youth, and Community” capital campaign. The campaign is raising funds to build a new fairgrounds exhibit hall.


Growing in Agriculture: Rail Service Challenges and Opportunities
Over the past several months, I’ve seen firsthand the leadership and team effort between our congressional and state delegations.


2014 Soil Conservation Award Program Winners Announced
Pierre, S.D. – Six South Dakota farms and ranches have been recognized with 2014 Soil Conservation Awards. Award winners include Charles Maude of Custer County, Gregory Putnam of Douglas County, Herman Fink of Douglas County, Roger Olson of Lake County, David Mousel of Moody County and Rick Veldkamp of Moody County.


Beadle County 4-H Raises $103,000 for New Exhibit Hall
HURON, S.D.-Beadle County 4-H members have exceeded their $75,000 fundraising goal for the South Dakota State Fair Foundation’s construction of a new exhibit hall. To date, they have raised $103,000 and are still actively carrying out fundraising activities. This is in addition to the $500,000 fundraising goal set by the rest of the 4-H’ers in South Dakota.


Dept. of Ag Accepting Applications for Donated 2014 CRP Mid-Term Management Hay
PIERRE, S.D. — The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) is accepting applications for donated 2014 CRP mid-term management hay bales. Applications are being accepted until 5 p.m. CDT on Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014.


Workshop about Treating Mountain Pine Beetles in the Black Hills
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) will host a free workshop on treatment of mountain pine beetles in the Black Hills. The 2014 mountain pine beetle flight will be ending and the time to identify and treat this year’s infested trees is just around the corner.


State Fair Breaks Attendance Goal
HURON, S.D. –South Dakota State Fair officials said the goal was to hit an attendance of 200,000 this year. Today, they announce attendance for the 2014 fair was 210,465, up 15 percent from last year’s tally.


Foundation of Major Farmer-Owned Cooperative Provides $50,000
HURON, S.D. - Recognition was given Monday for a gift provided by the CHS Foundation. A check for $50,000 was presented to the South Dakota State Fair Foundation at the Watertown CHS location. The funds will go toward the capital campaign for a new exhibit hall.

Grants Available To 4-H Clubs and FFA/FCCLA
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Agriculture announces grant funding is now available through the Building Our South Dakota Rural Communities (BOSDRC) grant program.


Scholarship Prizes Available for Resource Conservation Speech Contest Winners
PIERRE, S.D. – Contestants in the 2015 State Finals of the Resource Conservation Speech contest will be eligible to win a total of $2,300 in college scholarships.

September is Honey Month in South Dakota
PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed September as Honey Month in South Dakota.

Area Turkey Processing Plant Provides $150,000 toward Nordby Exhibit Hall
HURON, S.D. – The Dakota Provisions turkey plant located in Huron was recognized Sunday for a major pledge toward the State Fair Foundation’s Capital Campaign for a new exhibit hall. A check was presented for $150,000. This gift ties with a gift given earlier this year for the second largest donation to the campaign.


Today is Prostrollo Motors Day
Friday, Aug. 29, is Prostrollo Motors Day. Make sure to stop by Prostrollo Motors on Highway 14 prior to the fair to pick up the Prostrollos Rockin’ Rollback coupon for $1 off gate admission at the State Fair.


Value Added Ag Day at the SD State Fair
Today is Value Added Ag Day at the State Fair. Stop by the Day Sponsor Tent to see what’s happening in South Dakota’s agricultural industry.


Channel Seeds Preview Day Kicks off SD State Fair
HURON, S.D. – Wednesday, Aug. 27, is Channel Seeds Preview Day at the South Dakota State Fair.

State Fair 4-H Exhibits and Activities are Strategically Located
HURON, S.D. – This year’s State Fair will see a shuffling of 4-H exhibits and activities because of the transition from Clover Hall to the Nordby Exhibit Hall for 4-H, Youth and Community.


Ways to Save Money at the State Fair
HURON, S.D. –South DakotaState Fair offers several ways to save money during the fair.