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Judge Delays Implementation of WOTUS in 13 States, Including South Dakota
On Aug. 27, 2015, the District Court of North Dakota granted a preliminary injunction temporarily delaying implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers’ (Corps) rule redefining the “Waters of the U.S.” (WOTUS).


Growing in Agriculture
This year marks the 130th annual South Dakota State Fair.


South Dakota State Fair Salutes Veterans
The South Dakota State Fair salutes veterans and active military personnel.

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


Hanson Named Policy Advisor for Dept. of Ag
Secretary of Agriculture Lucas Lentsch has named Dani Hanson as the policy advisor for the South Dakota Department of Agriculture.


“Astonishing Ag Articles” Art Contest at State Fair
South Dakota Value Added Agriculture and South Dakota Ag in the Classroom are holding an art contest in conjunction with the 2015 South Dakota State Fair.


Financing Agriculture in South Dakota
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture has financial programs available for agricultural producers and agricultural related businesses.


Buy Your SD State Fair Grandstand Tickets Early to Save on Gate Admission
The 2015 South Dakota State Fair is just around the corner.


Growing in Agriculture- Fallen, Not Forgotten
As we enjoy the August weather and all of our summer activities, let us also remember the individuals who face the dangers of nature that hot and dry conditions can create.


State Fair to Host 3 Food Competitions
The South Dakota State Fair will host three separate food competitions at the 2015 State Fair- Jack’s Campers Chili Challenge, the Pork Butt Battle and the Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance Heirloom Recipe Contest.

Nels and Dorothy Olsen Invest in Future of Huron
The South Dakota State Fair Foundation is pleased to announce that Huron couple Nels and Dorothy Olsen have provided a gift of $20,000 for the new exhibit hall on the South Dakota State Fairgrounds.


Heemstra Named Public Affairs Manager
Jody Heemstra has been named the public affairs manager for the South Dakota Department of Agriculture.

Construction Begins on Nordby Exhibit Hall!
Construction has commenced on the Nordby Exhibit Hall for 4-H, Youth, and Community on the southwest corner of the State Fairgrounds in Huron. Dirt is being turned as the first phases of construction take place.


Application Deadline for South Dakota Farm & Ranch Recognition Program Approaching
The deadline is quickly approaching to apply for the South Dakota Farm & Ranch Recognition Program. The South Dakota Farm & Ranch Recognition Program recognizes families who have run operations for 100 or 125 consecutive years.


Gov. Daugaard Declares Aug. 2-8 Farmers Market Week in South Dakota
Much of the fresh produce in South Dakota is at its peak for the season and farmers markets are in full swing providing the freshest food around.

State Fair to host Build A Bird Contest
The South Dakota State Fair will host its first ever Build A Bird contest at this year’s fair and we want you to participate!


Growing in Agriculture: “Technology is Not the Enemy, Hunger is”
At the 2015 Governor’s Ag Summit held recently, speaker Brian Klippenstein of Protect the Harvest made a statement that truly resonated with many in attendance: “Technology is not the enemy, hunger is.”

USDA Offers Crop Insurance Coverage for Winter Wheat in All South Dakota Counties
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) recently decided it would offer crop insurance coverage for winter wheat in all South Dakota counties for the 2016 crop. Producers wishing to insure their 2016 crop should sign up before Sept. 30, 2015.


Become the Next “Dacotah Star” at the South Dakota State Fair
Make your voice heard at the South Dakota State Fair! Become the next “Dacotah Star” at the Dacotah Star Talent Competition presented by Dacotah Bank. More than $2,000 in cash prizes will be awarded to Dacotah Star division winners.


BNSF Railway Provides Major Gift to State Fair Foundation
The Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway Foundation recently presented the South Dakota State Fair Foundation with a $50,000 gift toward the fairgrounds’ Nordby Exhibit Hall for 4-H, Youth, and Community.


Growing In Agriculture: Wrapping Up This Year’s Governor’s Ag Summit
Every summer for the past six years, the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) has helped to host the Governor’s Agricultural Summit.


Deadlines Approaching for SD State Fair Entries
Deadlines for all South Dakota State Fair open class entries are right around the corner. The static entry deadline is Friday, July 31.

Hazardous Fuels Mitigation Work Taking Place At Cabot Hill
A hazardous fuels reduction project has begun in the Laurel Heights Subdivision, north of Interstate 90 on Cabot Hill.


Secretary Lucas Lentsch speaks at Aberdeen Farmers’ Market
South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture Lucas Lentsch spoke to producers and consumers at the Aberdeen Farmer’s Market on Thursday afternoon about the importance of local foods and the impact farmers’ markets have on South Dakota agriculture.

Dept. of Ag Pesticide Container Recycling Collection Begins July 13
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) encourages all ag producers and businesses to take advantage of the free pesticide container recycling collection from Monday, July 13, through Wednesday, Sept. 9, in 37 locations around the state.


Despite Recent Moisture, Be Safe with Fire this Independence Day Weekend
South Dakota Wildland Fire Division wishes everyone a safe and enjoyable Independence Day weekend.

Deadline for Governor’s Ag Summit Registration Quickly Approaching
Registration for the sixth annual South Dakota Governor’s Agricultural Summit will close on July 6. Those wanting to attend can register at www.sdagsummit.com. The Summit will be held on July 9 and 10 at the Lodge in Deadwood.


Huron’s Bob Glanzer Prints Book Proceeds Benefit State Fair Foundation’s Exhibit Hall Campaign
Longtime Huron area resident and former State Fair manager Bob Glanzer has assembled a collection of articles he has written over the years for the Huron region’s monthly “Prairie Tracks” publication.


Let Your Creativity and Skills Shine at the SD State Fair
Sew it. Grow it. Show it. Create it. Enter it! The Women’s Building has two fun competitions for South Dakotans to show their skills at.


Economists to Share Market Outlook at Governor’s Ag Summit
Two agricultural economists will participate in a discussion panel regarding market outlooks for a variety of agricultural commodities during Session 4 of the Governor’s Agricultural Summit on Friday, July 10, from 3:15 – 4:30 p.m. in Pine Crest Rooms C and D at the Lodge in Deadwood.


Growing In Agriculture: Honoring Fathers
This past weekend we paused in the midst of the hustle and bustle of summer to recognize and celebrate Father’s Day. It is the one day of the year we set aside specifically to thank the men in our lives who work hard to give us so much

Producers to Highlight Opportunities in South Dakota Agriculture at the Governor’s Ag Summit
Four South Dakota agricultural operations will be represented on a producer panel during Session 3 of the Governor’s Agricultural Summit on Friday, July 10, from 1:15 – 2:45 p.m. in Pine Crest Rooms C and D at the Lodge in Deadwood.


Sen. John Thune to speak at Governor’s Ag Summit in Deadwood
Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), Nebraska Director of Agriculture Greg Ibach and Dr. Dermont Hayes of Iowa State University will speak to audiences during Session 2 of the Governor’s Agricultural Summit on Friday, July 10, from 10:30 11:45 a.m. in Pine Crest Rooms C and D at the Lodge in Deadwood.


Summer Truck and Trailer Raffles to Benefit Exhibit Hall
Iverson Chrysler of Huron and Mitchell has donated a 2015 Ram 1500 Crew Express pick-up and a 2015 Featherlite Stock Combo trailer to the South Dakota State Fair Foundation for two summer raffles to raise funds for the Nordby Exhibit Hall for 4-H, Youth, and Community.


Rising Country Star to Open for The Band Perry
The South Dakota State Fair and Legend Seeds welcome Logan Mize as opener for The Band Perry at the SD State Fair Grandstand on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015.

Growing In Agriculture: Celebrating June Dairy Month
Like many South Dakotans, dairy was a part of my life growing up. The milk cows helped provide us a living that allowed our family to move home to South Dakota from Waterloo, Iowa where my father had worked for John Deere.

How To Obtain A Campfire Permit for the Black Hills Forest Fire Protection District
Is your campfire on private land permitted? To obtain a permanent residential campfire permit, please contact South Dakota Wildland Fire Division at 605.393.8011. Specify what county you are requesting the permit for and you will be directed to the respective field office.


World Wildlife Fund and Protect the Harvest at Governor’s Ag Summit in Deadwood
Speakers from World Wildlife Fund and Protect the Harvest will address political, scientific and social challenges during the first session of the Governor’s Agricultural Summit on July 9 at the Lodge in Deadwood.


Crowd Gathers to Celebrate Groundbreaking for New State Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall
A groundbreaking ceremony for the Nordby Exhibit Hall for 4-H, Youth, and Community took place on Wednesday, May 27, at the State Fairgrounds in Huron, S.D. Lt. Gov. Matt Michels was among those who addressed the group, which included campaign volunteers, donors, 4-H families and agricultural leaders from throughout the state.