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SD Ag Chat: FFA Agriscience Contest Encourages Researchers
Reliable scientific research is an important component of implementation and acceptance of modern agricultural practices.


South Dakota Agencies Ready if Emerald Ash Borer is Found
Emerald ash borer was accidently introduced from East Asia into the Detroit, Michigan, area sometime during the 1990s. Since that time, it has killed ash trees in 25 states and two Canadian provinces.

Noxious Weed Control Awareness Month
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has declared May as South Dakota “Noxious Weed Control Awareness Month” to highlight the importance of managing noxious weeds, which negatively affect agriculture, water quality, recreational opportunities and wildlife.

South Dakota Ag in the Classroom Announces Teacher of the Year
South Dakota Ag in the Classroom has named Michael Burke, a fourth grade teacher at Valley View Elementary in Rapid City, South Dakota, as its 2016 Teacher of the Year.


Emerald Ash Borer Readiness Training Works Through Response Plan
Federal, state and city officials held a field training exercise Thursday, April 28, to practice how the agencies will respond if emerald ash borer is found in South Dakota.

Volunteer Fire Assistance Grants Open May 1
Grant applications for the Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) program will be accepted from May 1 to June 1, 2016.

Wildfire Awareness Month Coloring Contest Winners Announced
Two youth from Rapid City are the winners of this year’s South Dakota Wildfire Awareness Month coloring contest.

Speech Contest Winners Announced
The 55th annual State Finals of the Resource Conservation Speech Contest were held at the State Capitol in Pierre on Saturday, April 23, 2016. The theme of this year’s contest was “Why Manage Water for Conservation.”


South Dakota Observes Wildfire Awareness Month During May
Governor Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed May as Wildfire Awareness Month in South Dakota.

SD State Fair Seeks SD Talent for Sherwin Linton’s AARP Centennial Stage Show
The South Dakota State Fair and entertainer Sherwin Linton are looking for South Dakota entertainers of all genres and styles to be included in the 2016 State Fair AARP Centennial Stage Shows.

Wildfire Awareness Month Celebration to be held in Rapid City
The public is invited to join local fire protection agencies for an afternoon of fun-filled events to be held at Rapid City’s Main Street Square on Sunday, May 1, from 1–3 p.m.


Michelle Rook to Receive 2016 Governor’s Ag Ambassador Award
Michelle Rook of Yankton, S.D. will be recognized as the 2016 Governor’s Ag Ambassador on Thursday, June 2, at the annual Governor’s Agricultural Summit in Brookings.

Emerald Ash Borer Readiness Training to Take Place in Sioux Falls
Emerald ash borer, an exotic insect responsible for the loss of more than 100 million ash trees in the United States over the past two decades, is getting closer to South Dakota.


Cronin Appointed to Wheat Commission
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has appointed Tregg Cronin of Gettysburg to the South Dakota Wheat Utilization Research and Marketing Development Commission. Cronin fills the vacant East River position resulting from the retirement of Darrel Davis, Ipswich.

2016 Arbor Day Essay Contest Winners Selected
Tyrel Mansfield of Kadoka, Seth Schoon of White River and Jensine Matson of Ramona are the winners of the 2016 Arbor Day essay contest.


Farmers Market Grower Grants Available
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) has grant funds available to support local farmers markets.

John Kay & Steppenwolf and Foghat Complete SD State Fair Grandstand Line-Up
The South Dakota State Fair, along with C&B Operations, LLC, are proud to welcome John Kay & Steppenwolf and Foghat to the State Fair Grandstand on Sunday, Sept. 4, completing the fair’s grandstand line-up.


Mediation Services Available for Farmers and Ranchers
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Mediation Program is available for farmers and ranchers in financial distress.

Swint Well Prescribed Fire to Continue at Custer State Park
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Wildland Fire Division, South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks, and Custer State Park will continue the Swint Well prescribed burn in Custer State Park.


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


Two Prescribed Fires Planned At Custer State Park
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Wildland Fire Division, South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks and Custer State Park will be conducting two prescribed burns in Custer State Park this week.


SD State Forester Joins Council of Western State Foresters’ Executive Committee
Greg Josten, South Dakota state forester, has been selected to serve on the Council of Western State Foresters’ (CWSF) executive committee.


Governor’s Agricultural Summit to be Held June 1 & 2 in Brookings
The seventh annual Governor’s Agricultural Summit hosted by the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) will be held on June 1 and 2 at the Swiftel Center in Brookings.


Huron to Host National Junior High Finals Rodeo
The South Dakota State Fairgrounds in Huron, S.D., has been selected to host the 2018 and 2019 National Junior High Finals Rodeo (NJHFR) by the National High School Rodeo Association.


SD Ag Chat: Spring Weather Outlook for South Dakota
What does the weakening El Nino weather pattern mean for South Dakota this spring and summer?


Avoid Pesticide Drift During Spraying Season
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) would like to remind pesticide applicators of drift risk during this spraying season.


Trees in Windbreaks
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) Division of Resource Conservation and Forestry (RCF) encourages landowners in South Dakota to consider planting trees in late April through May to help protect crops, wildlife, fields, roads and farmsteads.


Weed-free Forage Market Growing
Hay and straw producers can add value to their products by achieving weed-free forage certification through the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA).


Preventative Spraying & Forest Management Workshops to be Held in the Black Hills
Two mountain pine beetle (MPB) spraying workshops will be held in the Black Hills in the later part of April.

SD Ag Chat--Wildland Fire Academy Provides Crucial Training
Having proper training and keeping up on the latest methods used to fight fire are two important factors to the success of any firefighter.


Growing in Agriculture: It’s Been an Honor
The old adage that “time flies when you’re having fun” rings especially true as I reflect on my time with the South Dakota Department of Agriculture.


SD Ag Chat: Wildland Fire Academy Provides Training to Multiple Agencies
Members of the Wildland Fire Division of the South Dakota Department of Agriculture recently hosted the annual Wildland Fire Academy.

SD Ag Chat: Wet, Warm Winter in South Dakota
This winter was eleventh warmest on record for South Dakota.


South Dakota Hops Conference
A conference aimed at sharing information about hops will be held next month in Rapid City.


SD Ag Chat--South Dakota Agricultural Foundation
The South Dakota Community Foundation has launched a fund that can help fund the needs of agriculture.


Dwight Yoakam and Blackhawk Added to State Fair Line Up
The South Dakota State Fair announces Dwight Yoakam and Blackhawk will perform at the grandstand on Friday, Sept. 2, 2016.


AUDIO: SD Ag Chat--National Ag Week
In this SD Ag Chat, South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture Lucas Lentsch talks about the state agency that works to promote, protect and preserve SD agriculture for today and tomorrow.


Tabor Rec Area Fire
A large wildfire in Bon Homme County, S.D., has burned approximately 350 acres according incident commander Ken Carda (SAHR-da).


Celebrate National Agriculture Week
Joining states across the country, Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed March 13-19 as National Ag Week in South Dakota.


Pleasant Valley Prescribed Fire
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture Wildland Fire Division and the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Wildlife Division will be conducting a prescribed burn on the Pleasant Valley Game Production Area on Thursday, March 10, 2016.

SD Ag Chat: Former SD Ag Secretary Says Science is Needed for GMO Acceptance
Consumers are asking more and more questions about where their food comes from.


Kip Moore and Reckless Kelly to Play the State Fair
The South Dakota State Fair, along with Legend Seeds, is excited to announce their first concert for the 2016 SD State Fair.


Funds Available for Specialty Crop Advancement
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) announces that funds are available for Specialty Crop Block Grants.


The Final Brick Countdown: 500 to Go
The capital campaign for the Nordby Exhibit Hall for 4-H, Youth and Community is nearing the finish line.


Growing in Agriculture: A Decrease in Tillage
South Dakota’s farmers and ranchers are among our state’s top conservationists.


SD Ag Chat--Fighting Invasive Species
Invasive species cost farmers and ranchers billions of dollars each year because of decreased production, limited access to markets or costs for control and restoration.


Schmidt Appointed to Value-Added Finance Authority Board
Jim Schmidt of Sioux Falls has been appointed to the South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s (SDDA) Value Added Finance Authority board (VAFA).

SD Ag Chat--Winning the Fight Against the Mountain Pine Beetle
Efforts to eliminate the mountain pine beetle from the Black Hills National Forest and surrounding areas are working, but the fight isn’t over.


High Fire Danger in South Dakota Thursday and Friday
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Wildland Fire Division says very high fire danger conditions exist in certain areas of the state today and tomorrow.

Financing Beginning Farmers
Bond purchasers can potentially save thousands of dollars in federal taxes by investing in a beginning farmer.


SD Ag Chat--Explaining the Veterinary Feed Directive
The Veterinary Feed Directive takes effect at the beginning of next year.


Habitat Pays: Connecting Landowners to Resources
The rural areas of South Dakota have a lot to offer both residents and visitors from other states and around the world.

National Invasive Species Awareness Week
Invasive species cause over 100 billion in economic losses annually in the United States.


2016 Wildfire Awareness Month Poster Coloring Contest
In preparation for Wildfire Awareness Month in May, the South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Wildland Fire Division is holding a coloring contest.

Nordby Exhibit Hall Takes Shape
As you look to the western side of the South Dakota State Fairgrounds in Huron, the skyline has a noticeable addition to it, the Nordby Exhibit Hall for 4-H, Youth and Community.