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Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) Proposed Rule
Excitement surrounds the potential use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in our state’s agricultural industry. This technology could be used to fly over pastures and check cows or to take aerial surveys of crops and spray pesticide accordingly.


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


Thanking our Farmers, Ranchers and Consumers
This week marks National Ag Week with National Ag Day celebrated on March 18. We celebrate the farm and ranch families who supply our world with safe and affordable food. We also appreciate the consumers who place their confidence in our American feed, fuel, fiber, and food system.


Weyrich Named Ag Development Representative
PIERRE, S.D.- Robert Weyrich has been hired as an agricultural development representative for the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA).


2015 Wildland Fire Academy Extends Deadline for Registration
RAPID CITY, S.D. – The 2015 Wildland Fire Academy, which will be hosted in Ft. Pierre, S.D., on March 25-29, 2015, has extended its registration deadline. Registration will be open March 16-20 for interested parties.


Wildfire Awareness Month “Tame the Flame” Poster Coloring Contest
RAPID CITY, S.D. –To kick off the South Dakota Wildfire Awareness Month, South Dakota Wildland Fire is calling all kids, ages 3-12, to showcase their artistic abilities in this year’s Wildfire Awareness Month Poster Coloring Contest.

Governor’s Ag Ambassador Nominations Sought
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) is seeking nominations for the 2015 South Dakota Governor’s Ag Ambassador Award.


Kenny Rogers and the John Conlee Show Coming to the SD State Fair
HURON, S.D. –The South Dakota State Fair announces Kenny Rogers and the John Conlee Show will perform at the Fair Grandstand on Friday, Sept. 4, 2015.


Very High Fire Danger in the Black Hills and Grasslands
RAPID CITY, S.D. — Current weather conditions have led to very high fire danger in the Black Hills and grasslands. State officials remind area residents the increased potential for wildfires necessitates fire prevention precautions for all.


SD Ag in the Classroom and SD Farm Families Host Essay Contest
MILLER, S.D.-South Dakota Ag in the Classroom (SDAIC) and South Dakota Farm Families are sponsoring an essay contest for all South Dakota third- and fourth-graders and high school seniors in South Dakota.

Deadline for South Dakota 100 and 125 Year Farm & Ranch Recognition is Aug. 13
HURON, S.D. – Farm and ranch families who have enjoyed ownership of their South Dakota farm or ranch for 100 or 125 years have the opportunity to be honored on Thursday, Sept. 3, during the South Dakota State Fair in Huron.


South Dakota Prescribed Fire Training Exchange Announcement
EASTERN S.D. — US Fish and Wildlife Service in conjunction with South Dakota Wildland Fire Division, the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Nature Conservancy will be hosting prescribed fire training in the mixed grass prairies of eastern South Dakota. Two sessions will be held April 27-May 6 and May 11-20, 2015.


Increased Trade Means Increased Opportunity for South Dakota Producers
In 2013, South Dakota exported almost $1.6 billion worth of goods to countries around the world. International trade has an incredible impact on the agricultural economy of our state. Soybeans, corn, wheat, and livestock, including pork and cattle are among the top 25 goods shipped from South Dakota overseas.


South Dakota Legislators Donate to State Fair Foundation Capital Campaign
HURON, S.D. – The 2015 House Agriculture and Natural Resource Committee recently purchased a brick for $1,000 showing their support for the State Fair Foundation’s Nordby Exhibit Hall for 4-H, Youth and Community Capital Campaign.


South Dakota State Fair Presents The Band Perry
HURON, S.D. –The South Dakota State Fair announces The Band Perry will perform at the Fair Grandstand on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015.

Financing Beginning Farmers
PIERRE, S.D. - The South Dakota Value Added Finance Authority (VAFA) announces tax-exempt bonds are available for qualifying beginning farmers. Bond purchasers can potentially save thousands of dollars in federal taxes by investing in a beginning farmer.


Aero Road Fire Final Size 16.02 Acres
RAPID CITY, S.D.— The Aero Road Fire located near Rockerville in the area of Neck Yoke Road and Aero Road was called controlled on Monday afternoon and reached a size of 16.02 acres. The update in acreage is due to more accurate mapping abilities, not additional fire growth.

Jerry and Sandra Mencke Invest in New State Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall with $10,000 Gift
HURON, S.D. - Jerry and Sandra Mencke of Huron have provided a $10,000 gift toward the capital campaign to construct the Nordby Exhibit Hall on the South Dakota State Fairgrounds.

Funds Available for Specialty Crop Projects
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) announces federal funds are available for specialty crop projects.


BBQ Competition Judging School Coming to Huron
HURON, S.D. - Organizers of the Original South Dakota BBQ Championships will be hosting a Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) Certified BBQ Judging School on Saturday, April 25, at the Huron Country Club in Huron.

2015 Wildland Fire Academy Announcement
RAPID CITY, S.D. – South Dakota Wildland Fire in conjunction with the Black Hills National Forest, Nebraska National Forest and Grasslands, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Indian Affairs, US Fish and Wildlife Services and the State Fire Marshalls office will be hosting a wildfire academy in Fort Pierre, S.D. Classes will be held March 25-29, 2015.


South Dakota Participates in Policy Meeting of National State Departments of Ag
Pierre, S.D. – South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture Lucas Lentsch this week joined other state agriculture department leaders for the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) organization’s Winter Policy Conference in Washington, D.C. As chair of the Rural Development and Financial Security Committee, Lentsch also led that committee’s discussion of important issues on transportation infrastructure and initiatives for military veterans in agriculture.


SD State Fair Announces 2015 State Fair Theme – Sew it. Grow it. Show it.
HURON, S.D. – The South Dakota State Fair has announced its 2015 theme – “Sew It. Grow It. Show It.”


Gov. Announces South Dakota Conservation Commission Appointments
PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has reappointed David Fischbach of Faith, Alan Vedvei of Lake Preston and Thomas Glover of Burke to the State Conservation Commission.


State Forester Reminds Homeowners to Obtain Their Firewood from In-State Sources
PIERRE, S.D.-The State Forester reminds South Dakota citizens to obtain firewood from trees harvested in South Dakota to prevent transportation of unwanted insects, such as the emerald ash borer (EAB).

Gov. Announces New and Reappointed State Brand Board Members
PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has appointed Myron Williams of Wall and reappointed Bart Blum of Reliance to the State Brand Board. Williams fills the board position vacated by Curt Mortenson of Fort Pierre which expired Jan. 5, 2015. Blum has served on the board since 2004.


Private Pesticide Applicator Certification Class Schedule Released
PIERRE, S.D. - The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) and South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension staff will offer 56 classes for private pesticide applicator certification and recertification beginning Tuesday, Jan. 6, across South Dakota.


Cutting and Chunking Deadline for Mountain Pine Beetle Draws Near
PIERRE, S.D.- March 1 is the deadline to kill mountain pine beetles through the cut and chunk method, according to state forest health program specialist Brian Garbisch.