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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.

Community Forestry Program Grants Available
Grant funds are available to help preserve forest areas threatened by conversion to nonforest uses.

Burning Permits in the Black Hills May Open Later This Month
Forecasted winter conditions with snow may allow the South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Wildland Fire Division to open up the burn permit season for the Black Hills Forest Fire Protection District starting the weekend of Nov. 19.

SD Ag Chat: Crop Production Reports Have More Impact on Markets Than the Election
In this SD Ag Chat, hear from Stewart-Peterson Group senior market advisor Bryan Dougherty on why he doesn’t see this year’s Presidential election having a major impact on grain or livestock markets.

SDDA Conducting Forest Action Plan Survey
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s (SDDA) Resource Conservation & Forestry Division is updating the South Dakota Forest Action Plan.

SD Ag Chat: Connect With Consumers, Then Share Facts
Having conversations with consumers to help them understand where their food comes from can be challenging.

SD Ag Chat: Maryland Agriculture Producers Face Similar Challenges as South Dakota Producers
Maryland and South Dakota are half a country apart, but their agriculture producers face many of the same challenges.

Specialty Crop Sector in SD Receives Grant Funding
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture has awarded about $250,000 to seven specialty crop projects around the state. The funds come from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.

Prescribed Fire to be Ignited in Custer State Park
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Wildland Fire Division, Custer State Park and South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks are planning to ignite the Apple Tree prescribed fire on Wednesday, Nov. 2. Ignition will continue Thursday, Nov. 3, as conditions allow.

Aspen Restoration & Forest Health Workshop
Many areas in the Black Hills and further west have seen quaking aspen stands slowly declining and disappearing over time.

Registration Deadline Approaching-- Students Encouraged to Attend
Oct. 28 is the deadline to register for the pre-events sessions of the South Dakota Local Foods Conference in Mitchell.

Farmers Encouraged to Respond to ARMS II Survey
The US Department of Agriculture is conducting a survey targeting pest management.

Fire Hazard and Fuels Mitigation Cost-Share Program
With the season changing in the Black Hills, now is the best time to lower the risk of catastrophic fire to your property.

Celebrating National Forest Products Week, Oct. 16- 22, 2016
Oct. 16-22, 2016, is "National Forest Products Week."

Connecting Agriculture: A Rewarding Time of Year
Along with the changing of the colors, bawling calves and matured crops mean harvest is here.

Grants Available to 4-H Clubs and FFA or FCCLA Chapters
The application deadline is quickly approaching for the Building Our South Dakota Rural Communities (BOSDRC) grant program through the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA).

SD Ag Chat: SDDA Taking Input on Draft Managed Pollinator Protection Plan
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture is taking input on its draft Managed Pollinator Protection Plan.

2016 South Dakota Agriculture Common Thread Brochure Available
Some of the most up to date information about agriculture in South Dakota (SD) is available in the latest South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s (SDDA) “the common thread” brochure.

Correctly Planted Trees Can Save You Money
In the correct location, a tree or trees can look nice and save you money. Learn more in the SD Ag Chat.

Grants Available to 4-H Clubs and FFA or FCCLA Chapters
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) announces that grant funding is now available through the Building Our South Dakota Rural Communities (BOSDRC) grant program.

SD Ag Chat: Cancer Navigation Center Provides Free Service to All
A new cancer navigation center is providing free information and support for residents of South Dakota.

SD State Fair Shows Strong Numbers
A solid start to the fair, coupled with increased campers and numbers in the open class livestock programs and 4-H, laid the foundation for a strong gate attendance at the SD State Fair.

SD Ag Chat: InternViews
Getting youth involved in agriculture is a priority for the South Dakota Department of Agriculture.

Department of Agriculture Seeking Input on Pollinator Plan
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) has drafted a Managed Pollinator Protection Plan outlining efforts to protect honeybees, improve hive health, improve habitat and facilitate communications between beekeepers, landowners and crop producers.

Financial Assistance Available for Organic Certification
Organic agriculture producers and processors in South Dakota processors have until Nov. 15, 2016, to apply for a rebate of up to 75 percent of the cost of their organic certification.

SD Ag Chat: Windbreaks Need Care Too
Windbreaks can be found all across South Dakota.

South Dakota Farm & Ranch Families Honored for a Century or More on the Land
Eighty farm and ranch families who have owned their land for a century or more were honored at the 2015 South Dakota State Fair, receiving a Century Farm or Quasquicentennial Farm award from the South Dakota Farm Bureau (SDFB) and the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA).

Scholarship Prizes Available for Resource Conservation Speech Contest Winners
Contestants in the 2017 state finals of the Resource Conservation Speech contest will be eligible to win a total of $2,300 in college scholarships.

South Dakota Local Foods Conference in Mitchell, Nov. 3-5
The 2016 South Dakota Local Foods Conference (SDLFC) is scheduled for Nov. 4-5, at the Highland Conference Center in Mitchell, S.D.

SD Ag Chat: Midway Provides Thrills, Squeals and Ferris Wheel for SD State Fair
The theme for this year’s South Dakota State Fair was “Thrills, Squeals and Ferris Wheels.”

SD Ag Chat: The Courtesy Behind the Carts
What started out with fewer than a handful has grown to around two dozen.

Nordby Exhibit Hall Dedicated
A dedication ceremony for the Nordby Exhibit Hall for 4-H, Youth and Community was held Sunday, Sept. 4, during the 2016 South Dakota State Fair. Hundreds of supporters, donors, volunteers and 4-H families turned out for the event.