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Dietary Guidelines Should be Focused on Nutrition, not Sustainability
Every five years, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) revise and update the national dietary guidelines. Since 1985, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, a group of nutritionists, doctors and other experts, has submitted recommended changes to the Dietary Guidelines before HHS and USDA set the official guidelines. In February, the committee released its recommended revisions to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines.

SD State Fair Seeks SD Talent for Linton’s AARP Centennial Stage Show
HURON, S.D. – The South Dakota State Fair and South Dakota entertainer Sherwin Linton is looking for South Dakota entertainers of all genres and styles to be included in the 2014 State Fair Centennial Stage Shows.


Resource Conservation and Forestry Division Provides Tree Planting Assistance after Tornado Damage
WESSINGTON SPRINGS, S.D.- In June 2014, Wessington Springs had significant tornado damage to many homes and businesses in their area as well as many of the town’s trees.


Governor Proclaims May as Noxious Weed Control Awareness Month
PIERRE, S.D.-Gov. Dennis Daugaard declared May as South Dakota Noxious Weed Awareness Month to highlight the importance of managing noxious weeds, which negatively affect agriculture, water quality, recreational opportunities and wildlife.

Mountain Pine Beetle Spraying Workshops Held In the Black Hills
PIERRE, S.D. - Three mountain pine beetle spraying workshops will be held in the Black Hills through April and May.


Top Monster Trucks to Appear at SD State Fair
HURON, S.D.- Four of the nation’s top monster trucks will roar into the South Dakota State Fair in Huron on Labor Day afternoon, Sept. 7, according to Dakota State Fair Speedway track promoter Orville Chenoweth. Chenoweth is in his 20th year as promoter of the Dakota State Fair Speedway and wants to make 2015 special and memorable.


Three Statewide Organizations Donate to the State Fair Nordby Exhibit Hall 
HURON, S.D.-Three statewide organizations have made an investment in the future of South Dakota 4-H. South Dakota State University’s (SDSU) College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences, the SD 4-H Foundation and the state 4-H Leaders Association have joined forces to provide a total of $40,000 toward the Nordby Exhibit Hall for 4-H, Youth, and Community on the State Fairgrounds in Huron, S.D.

2015 Arbor Day Essay Contest Winners Selected
PIERRE, S.D.-Matea Gordon of Whitewood, Madison Hofer of Dolton and Kennedy Mayelin of Mount Vernon are the winning essayists selected from the 1,563 entries in the 2015 Arbor Day Essay Contest.


Prescribed Fire at Coolidge Creek
CUSTER S.D. —The South Dakota Wildland Fire Division in collaboration with South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks and the Black Hills National Forest will be performing a prescribed fire along Coolidge Creek, adjacent to Highway 16A in Custer State Park.


Black Hills Fire Protection District Brush Pile Burning Closed for the Season
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Officials from the South Dakota Department of Agriculture Wildland Fire Division closed the brush pile burning database on March 31. Permits will not be issued until next November.

Start Planning your Gardens to Exhibit at the SD State Fair
HURON, S.D.- Whether you plant early and protect your plants or wait until there will surely be no more frost, consider planning and planting to enter your vegetables in this year’s horticulture exhibit classes at the State Fair. There are new categories to consider.


State Urges Residents to be Cautious with Fire
RAPID CITY, S.D. --- Vegetation is extraordinarily dry this spring season and fire danger is very high in the Black Hills and surrounding areas.

Growing in Agriculture: Governor's Ag Ambassador Nominations
For the last six years, the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) has hosted the Governor’s Agricultural Summit every summer at locations across South Dakota. This event brings together leaders in business, finance, education, government and production agriculture to discuss ways to harness the industry’s potential and learn more about the current challenges and opportunities happening for agriculture at local, regional and national levels.


Huey Lewis and the News Joins SD State Fair Concert Lineup
HURON, S.D. –The South Dakota State Fair announces Huey Lewis and the News will perform at the Fair Grandstand on Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015.


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.