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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.


Buy Your SD State Fair Grandstand Tickets Early to Save on Gate Admission
The 2016 South Dakota State Fair is just around the corner. Fair goers are reminded that any grandstand tickets purchased by Wednesday, Aug. 31, will include free gate admission.

Fun and Games for the Nordby Exhibit Hall
The South Dakota State Fair Foundation invites fairgoers to take part in multiple opportunities to win prizes and cash during the State Fair in Huron, taking place Sept. 1-5.


Variety of Themes and Sponsors at SD State Fair
This year’s South Dakota State Fair, which runs Sept. 1-5, includes several themes and day sponsors.

Connecting Agriculture
It has been an exciting two months settling in as South Dakota’s Secretary of Agriculture.


Underground Research Lab to Host Activities at SD State Fair
Staff from the Sanford Underground Research Facility will host a variety of activities during this year’s South Dakota State Fair.


Dedication of the Nordby Exhibit Hall
The Nordby Exhibit Hall for 4-H, Youth and Community will be dedicated during a ceremony Sunday, Sept. 4, at 4 p.m. during the 2016 South Dakota State Fair.

“Astonishing Ag Articles” Coloring and Art Contest at State Fair
South Dakota Value Added Agriculture Development Center, South Dakota Ag in the Classroom and South Dakota Farm Bureau are holding a coloring and art contest in conjunction with the 2016 South Dakota State Fair.


Ways to Save Money at the State Fair
The South Dakota State Fair offers several ways to save money during the fair.


Rodeo and Western Events to Be Held at SD State Fair
A full schedule of rodeo and western events will be held in the Hippodrome and the North Arena during the South Dakota State Fair.

Team Penning and Ranch Rodeo Added to SD State Fair
A team penning and ranch rodeo have been added to the South Dakota State Fair’s performance horse schedule, making for a full schedule of events in the Hippodrome and North Arena.

SD Ag Chat: Helping the Bees
The bee population on the decline. In this SD Ag Chat, hear how we can help bees overcome some of the challenges they face.

Classic Car and Antique Tractor Parade Added to State Fair
A parade has been added to the classic car show and antique tractor show at this year’s South Dakota State Fair.


SD State Fair to Host Chili Challenge and Pork Butt Battle
The South Dakota State Fair is seeking entries for the Jack’s Campers Chili Challenge and the Pork Butt Battle sponsored by Advanced Bio Energy and SD Pork Producers.


Coal Canyon Fire: Remembering Five Years Later
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Wildland Fire Division is using the five-year anniversary of the fatal Coal Canyon fire in Fall River County to remind all firefighters about safety.

SD Ag Chat: USDA Rural Development Helps Build SD
USDA Rural Development offices provide financial and technical assistance aimed at encouraging growth in non-urban part of the United States.


SDDA Available to Answer Questions at Dakotafest
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture encourages farmers and ranchers to stop by the SDDA booth during Dakotafest.


Applications Available for Mountain Pine Beetle Survey and Marking
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Division of Resource Conservation and Forestry will begin accepting applications for 2016-17 Mountain Pine Beetle survey and marking services from Aug. 15, 2016, through Sept. 16, 2016.

Pay it Forward at the SD State Fair
The South Dakota State Fair is partnering with businesses and organizations to provide free admission to the fair for those in need or to random people on Monday, Sept. 5.


Gov. Daugaard Declares Aug. 7-16 Farmers Market Week in SD
To celebrate the increasing number of local food producers in the state, Gov. Dennis Daugaard has declared Aug. 7-13, 2016, Farmers Market Week in South Dakota.

SD Ag Chat: Planning is Key During a Drought
Dry conditions dominate much of South Dakota and the state’s Drought Task Force has been activated.


Cheese Sculpting Demonstration Coming to the State Fair
While common to many fairs across the Midwest, cheese sculpting is making its debut at the South Dakota State Fair this year.


Deadline for South Dakota 100 and 125 Year Farm & Ranch Recognition Coming Up Fast
The deadline is quickly approaching for South Dakota families who have owned land for 100 or 125 years, to be honored at this year’s Farm & Ranch Recognition Program at the State Fair, Thursday, Sept. 1.

State Fair to Host Dole Canned Fruit Dessert Baking Competition
The South Dakota State Fair has teamed up with Dole to find the best dessert in South Dakota using Dole canned fruit.

Aug. 5 Deadline for Urban and Community Forestry Grant
The deadline to apply for a 2016 Urban and Community Forestry Comprehensive Challenge Grant is quickly approaching.


Elite Youth Rodeo Contestants to Compete at SD Timed Event Championship at State Fair
The sixth annual South Dakota Timed Event Championship sponsored in part by Panhandle Slim, Double D Western, Producers Hybrids and Iverson Featherlite will be held Sept. 3-4 in Huron at the South Dakota State Fair.


SD Ag Chat: Trade with Taiwan
A representative from Taiwan is learning more about agriculture in South Dakota.


Become the Next Dakota Star at the South Dakota State Fair
Performers can make their voice heard at the South Dakota State Fair and become the next Dakota Star at the Dakota Star Talent Competition sponsored by Dakotaland Federal Credit Union.


SD Ag Chat--Increase Hay and Straw Value with Weed Free Forage Certification
This summer harvest season, producers can add value to their products by certifying their forages weed-free.

“Chalk it up to Ag” at the SD State Fair
As a tribute to agriculture, the South Dakota State Fair has teamed up with SD Farm Bureau (SDFB) to “Chalk it up to Ag” with an interactive chalk art contest during the fair Sept. 1-5 in Huron, S.D.


Sensitive Sites Registry
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) reminds landowners, bee keepers, organic producers, pesticide applicators and others that the department’s Sensitive Site Registry website is a tool that can be used to help prevent the harmful effects from drift during pesticide or fertilizer applications.

Over 1,100 Ways to Enter the SD State Fair
There are 1,171 ways to showcase your talents at the South Dakota State Fair by entering in the open class static exhibit divisions and the registration deadline is right around the corner.

Organic Certification Cost-Share Program Available
Organic agriculture producers and processors in South Dakota may be eligible to receive up to 75 percent reimbursement for their organic certification costs.


SD Ag Chat: FFA Ag Adventure Center
A familiar stop for many during the South Dakota State Fair is getting a new look and a new name.


Turn Your Junk into “Fair”Cycled Art at the SD State Fair
Entries are being accepted for the “Fair”Cycled Art Contest at the 2016 South Dakota State Fair.

SD Ag Chat--Cronin Farms Focuses on Diversification
Cronin Farms near Gettysburg, South Dakota takes diversification seriously as they will harvest 12 different crops this year.


Dept. of Ag Pesticide Container Recycling Collection Begins July 11
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture encourages all ag producers and businesses to take advantage of free pesticide container recycling collection from Monday, July 11, through Thursday, Sept. 8, in 37 locations around the state.

SD Ag Chat: Changes to Private Applicator Testing
The take-home exam is no longer an option for private applicator testing in South Dakota.


Changes to Private Applicator Testing Effective July 1, 2016
As of July 1, 2016, the South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Private Web Testing program will be SDDA and SDSU Extension’s primary option for private applicator certification and recertification.


Education in Spotlight at the State Fair
Every year teachers are encouraged to submit student education entries to the Education Department in the Arts & Education Building at the South Dakota State Fair. For some teachers, it’s a tradition.


Be Safe with Fire this Independence Day
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Wildland Fire Division is reminding people to use extreme caution when shooting off fireworks in areas of the state where conditions are dry.