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Connecting Agriculture: Knowing Your Financial Options
Low prices and high costs are affecting everyone involved in agriculture.

Obtain Firewood from In-State Sources
Camp fires or fire pits are becoming a common sight year round in South Dakota.

Online Option for Grain Checkoff Payments
Grain elevators in South Dakota have a new option for submitting payments to the state’s grain checkoff funds.

Big & Rich First Concert Announcement for SD State Fair
The South Dakota State Fair, a division of the South Dakota Department of Agriculture, announces Big & Rich & Cowboy Troy will perform at the state fair grandstand on Friday, Sept. 1, 2017.

SD Ag Chat: Dairy Checkoff Dollars Working Around the World
You may be eating the results of partnerships formed between various fast food restaurants and the dairy checkoff.

SD Ag Chat: FSA Programs Help Keep Farmers and Ranchers Afloat
In this SD Ag Chat, USDA Farm Service Agency administrator Val Dolcini talks about the role FSA programs play in providing financial stability for farmers and ranchers.

SD Ag Chat: Inside the SD Meat Inspection Program
Animal Industry Board inspectors in South Dakota take hundreds of samples each year from local locker plants or grocery store meat counters and send them to a lab to be tested.

SD Ag Chat: Fun Facts About Poinsettias
The poinsettia originated in Mexico, but the majority of the flowers are grown and exported from the US.

SD Ag Chat: Ice Melt Products May Harm Trees and Lawns
Ice melt products make it easier to clear off sidewalks and driveways during the winter.

SD Ag Chat: Conservation Stewardship Program Well Received in SD
The Conservation Stewardship Program is helping farmers across the US manage working pasture and crop land.

Connecting Agriculture: Reflecting on Our Blessings
I can hardly believe 2016 is coming to a close.

Burn Permits Open Within the Black Hills Fire Protection District
Winter burning season burn permits are now being issued for the Black Hills Forest Fire Protection District.

SD Ag Chat: SD FFA Developing Leaders
FFA members from across South Dakota recently came together to compete in a variety of speaking competitions at a state contest in Pierre.

SD Ag Chat: Taking Proper Care of Live Christmas Trees
Your Christmas tree doesn’t need vodka or aspirin to last longer.

SD Ag Chat: Christmas Tree Inspections
Before that live Christmas tree can go home with you, it gets examined by inspectors with the South Dakota Department of Agriculture.

Farmers and Merchants Bank Adds to Nordby Exhibit Hall Gift
Farmers and Merchants Bank, a branch of First National Bank, has provided an additional gift to the South Dakota State Fair Foundation for the Nordby Exhibit Hall for 4-H, Youth and Community.

Commercial Applicator Recertification Classes Start in January
Recertification classes for commercial pesticide applicators start next month in South Dakota.

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.