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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.


Growing In Agriculture column: Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI)
While Memorial Day marks the beginning of summer grilling season, recent news may have some worried about the cost of eggs or the Thanksgiving turkey. Avian influenza has been devastating to many of our poultry producers, but be assured that our nation’s food supply remains safe and abundant.

S.D. Poultry Exhibitions Suspended
Pierre, S.D. — The South Dakota Animal Industry Board issued a Board Order suspending all South Dakota bird exhibitions effective immediately and until further notice.


Dr. Bob Thaler to Receive 2015 Governor’s Ag Ambassador Award
PIERRE, S.D.-Dr. Bob Thaler of Brookings, S.D. will be awarded the 2015 Governor’s Ag Ambassador on Friday, July 10, at the annual Governor’s Agricultural Summit in Deadwood.


Groundbreaking for State Fairgrounds’ New 4-H Exhibit Hall on Wednesday, May 27
A groundbreaking ceremony for the Nordby Exhibit Hall for 4-H, Youth, and Community will take place at 9 a.m. CDT on Wednesday, May 27, at the State Fairgrounds in Huron at the National Guard Armory located at 1030 3rd St. SW, next to the new building’s site. Lt. Gov. Matt Michels will be among those addressing the attendees. The public is invited to attend.


Kick off the School Year with South Dakota’s Largest Classroom
HURON, S.D. – Teachers, registration forms are now available for South Dakota’s Largest Classroom at the South Dakota State Fair. Teachers and students from across the state are invited to kick off the 2015-2016 school year by participating on Thursday, Sept. 3 and Friday, Sept. 4.


Speech Contest Winners Announced
PIERRE, S.D.-The 54th annual State Finals of the Resource Conservation Speech Contest was held on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at the State Capitol in Pierre.


Gov. Daugaard Proclaims May as Beef Month
PIERRE, S.D – Gov. Dennis Daugaard recently signed a proclamation declaring May “Beef Month” in South Dakota.


Burn Permits Not Being Issued
RAPID CITY S.D. — Burn permits are not being issued within the Black Hills Forest Fire Protection District. Although areas in western South Dakota received snow cover, the forecasted temperatures are quickly melting the required moisture.


Smokey Bear Hot Air Balloon EVENT CHANGES
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Due to the forecasted inclement weather, the Smokey Bear Hot Air Balloon visit scheduled for Sunday, May 10, in Custer State Park has been rescheduled for tomorrow, Friday, May 8,from 6:30 to 9 a.m. MDT at the Central States Fairgrounds located at 800 San Francisco St. in Rapid City. Please note this is a change in location from the original site.

Philip Fifth Grader Wins South Dakota Arbor Day Poster Contest
PIERRE, S.D.-McCoy Peterson, a fifth grade student at Philip Elementary School is the winner of the 2015 South Dakota Arbor Day Poster Contest.


Smokey Bear Balloon Coming to the Black Hills
RAPID CITY, S.D.-The Smokey Bear Hot Air Balloon is coming to the Black Hills to celebrate Wildfire Awareness Month! The Friends of the Smokey Bear Balloon will be available from 6:30 to 9 a.m. MDT on Saturday, May 9,at the soccer fields on Campbell Street in Rapid City.


Governor’s Agricultural Summit to be Held July 9 & 10 in Deadwood
PIERRE, S.D. – The sixth annual South Dakota Governor’s Agricultural Summit hosted by the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) will be held on July 9 and 10 at the Lodge in Deadwood. Pre-registration is required at www.sdagsummit.com.


Applications Now Being Accepted for the South Dakota Farm & Ranch Recognition Program
HURON, S.D. – Applications are currently being accepted for the South Dakota Farm & Ranch Recognition program. Farm and ranch families who have enjoyed ownership of their South Dakota farm or ranch for 100 or 125 years have the opportunity to apply and be honored on Thursday, Sept. 3, during the South Dakota State Fair in Huron.