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SD State Fair Announces 2015 State Fair Theme – Sew it. Grow it. Show it.
HURON, S.D. – The South Dakota State Fair has announced its 2015 theme – “Sew It. Grow It. Show It.”

Gov. Announces South Dakota Conservation Commission Appointments
PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has reappointed David Fischbach of Faith, Alan Vedvei of Lake Preston and Thomas Glover of Burke to the State Conservation Commission.

State Forester Reminds Homeowners to Obtain Their Firewood from In-State Sources
PIERRE, S.D.-The State Forester reminds South Dakota citizens to obtain firewood from trees harvested in South Dakota to prevent transportation of unwanted insects, such as the emerald ash borer (EAB).

Gov. Announces New and Reappointed State Brand Board Members
PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has appointed Myron Williams of Wall and reappointed Bart Blum of Reliance to the State Brand Board. Williams fills the board position vacated by Curt Mortenson of Fort Pierre which expired Jan. 5, 2015. Blum has served on the board since 2004.

Private Pesticide Applicator Certification Class Schedule Released
PIERRE, S.D. - The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) and South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension staff will offer 56 classes for private pesticide applicator certification and recertification beginning Tuesday, Jan. 6, across South Dakota.

Cutting and Chunking Deadline for Mountain Pine Beetle Draws Near
PIERRE, S.D.- March 1 is the deadline to kill mountain pine beetles through the cut and chunk method, according to state forest health program specialist Brian Garbisch.

Coordinated Natural Resources Conservation Grants Awarded
PIERRE, S.D. – Twenty-nine grant projects benefitting South Dakota’s natural resources were recently approved by the State Conservation Commission. The funds were awarded to 20 conservation districts that applied for funding through the Coordinated Natural Resources Conservation Fund. The Fund is administered by the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) on behalf of the State Conservation Commission.

SD Farm Bureau and County Farm Bureau Chapters Contribute Funds for State Fairgrounds’ New Exhibit Hall
HURON, S.D.-The South Dakota Farm Bureau Federation (SDFB) and county Farm Bureau Chapters have provided a total of $35,000 toward the South Dakota State Fair Foundation for its new exhibit hall.

Peggy Woolridge Besch named South Dakota State Fair Manager
HURON, S.D. – Peggy Woolridge Besch of Huron, S.D., has been named South Dakota State Fair Manager.

SD Dept. of Ag Hosts Commercial Pesticide Applicator Recertification Classes
PIERRE, S.D. - The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) has posted the schedule for 2015 Commercial Pesticide Applicator Recertification classes.

Farm Loan Mediation Changes
PIERRE, S.D.-The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) recently made changes to its administrative rules for the Agricultural Mediation program. These rules become effective on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014.

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.