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Become the Next “Dacotah Star” at the South Dakota State Fair
HURON, S.D. – 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 division winners.


Smith Named Director of Resource Conservation and Forestry Division
PIERRE, S.D.-William “Bill” Smith has been named director of the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) Resource Conservation and Forestry division.


Josten Named State Forester
PIERRE, S.D.-Gregory J. Josten has been named South Dakota state forester.


Help Keep Cattle Comfortable in High Heat
PIERRE, S.D.–Recent high temperatures and above-average humidity have created unfavorable conditions for South Dakota livestock. Livestock owners are encouraged to continue efforts to keep cattle and other livestock comfortable using all available resources. Cattle with dark hides, fat cattle, and ill animals are all at greater risk of heat stress. Once heat stress sets in, preventative measures are less effective.


First Dakota Supporting Growth and Development of Youth through Capital Campaign Donation
HURON, S.D. – The South Dakota State Fair Foundation announced today that First Dakota National Bank has given a $100,000 gift to the Capital Campaign for the building of a new exhibit hall on the South Dakota State Fairgrounds.


National Red Power Show Attendance Number Announced
HURON, S.D. – The 2014 National Red Power Round Up was held at the SD State Fairgrounds in Huron, SD on June 26-28. Attendance for the show was 18,626.

Dept. of Ag Pesticide Container Recycling Collection Begins July 14
PIERRE, S.D. – 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 14, through Wednesday, Sept. 10, in 37 locations around the state.


South Dakota Bank Puts Community First through Capital Campaign Donation
HURON, S.D. – The South Dakota State Fair Foundation announced today First National Bank has given a $50,000 gift to the Capital Campaign for the building of a new exhibit hall on the South Dakota State Fairgrounds.


South Dakota State Fair Launches New Website
HURON, S.D. – The South Dakota State Fair launched a new website, www.sdstatefair.com, on Wednesday, July 2.


Ag Social Media Contest Begins Today
PIERRE, S.D.- The South Dakota Department of Agriculture is hosting a social media photo contest to celebrate South Dakota’s 125th year of statehood Thursday, July 3 through Friday, Aug. 8.


Family Bricks Available for the SD State Fair’s New Exhibit Hall
HURON, S.D.-Richard and Sharon Beitelspacher of Bowdle, S.D., have stepped up to purchase the first Family Brick being offered as part of the fundraising campaign for construction of the Nordby Exhibit Hall for 4-H, Youth and Community on the State Fairgrounds.


Communities Receive Funds for Planting Trees
PIERRE, S.D. – Several communities and organizations in South Dakota received over $11,000 in grants to assist with tree planting projects in their area. These projects benefit the general public by solving a specific urban and community forestry problem and demonstrating the importance of trees in our communities.


Dept. of Ag Celebrates South Dakota’s 125 Years of Statehood with Ag Instagram Contest
PIERRE, S.D.-Get your ag photos ready! The South Dakota Department of Agriculture will be hosting an Instagram agricultural photo contest to celebrate South Dakota’s 125th year of statehood starting this Thursday, July 3.


Live Feed of the Governor’s Agricultural Summit June 27
PIERRE, S.D. – A live web feed of the Governor’s Agricultural Summit on Friday, June 27, in Deadwood will be available starting at 8 a.m. MDT at www.sdpb.org/live. The fifth annual Summit will be held June 26 and 27 at the Lodge in Deadwood.

SDDA Ribbon Cutting at the new West Side Office
RAPID CITY, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Agriculture along with officials involved in the planning process will gather to celebrate the ribbon cutting of the West Side Office at 11 a.m. MDT on Wednesday, June 25, located at 3305 W. South St. in Rapid City.

Applications Being Accepted for Trip to Russia
PIERRE, S.D. – Applications are being accepted for a beef genetics trade mission to the Russian Federation. The trade mission is hosted by the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) and the South Dakota Beef Breeds Council, and interested beef producers and industry representatives are encouraged to apply.


SD State Fairgrounds to Host National Red Power Show Next Week
HURON, S.D. – South Dakota Red Power Chapter 21 welcomes all International Harvester collectors, vendors and the general public to the 2014 National Red Power Round Up on June 26-28 at the SD State Fairgrounds in Huron.


Electric Cooperatives Band Together to Support New Exhibit Hall on State Fairgrounds
HURON, S.D. – The South Dakota State Fair Foundation announced today that South Dakota Rural Electric Cooperatives along with Basin Electric, National Rural Utility Cooperative Finance Corporation (NRUCFC) and CoBank have given a $116,500 gift to the Capital Campaign for the building of a new exhibit hall on the South Dakota State Fairgrounds.


South Dakota State Fair Grandstand tickets to go on sale June 16
HURON, S.D. – Tickets to the 2014 South Dakota State Fair Grandstand will go on sale to the general public on Monday, June 16, at 9 a.m. CDT.


Growing in Agriculture: A National Show in our Backyard
Summer allows friends and family to reminisce about the past, build on traditions and create lasting memories. A remarkable and rare opportunity is coming to our backyard. The 25th Annual National Red Power Round Up will be held on June 26-28 at the South Dakota State Fairgrounds in Huron.


State Department of Agriculture Offering Free Leafy Spurge Control Agents
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) is offering free leafy spurge biological control agents to landowners who qualify.


Leading Ag Financial Institution Developing Leaders of Tomorrow Through Contribution
HURON, S.D. – The South Dakota State Fair Foundation announced today that Farm Credit Services of America (FCSAmerica) has given a $150,000 gift to the Capital Campaign for the building of a new exhibit hall on the South Dakota State Fairgrounds.


Championship Bull Riding, Monster Trucks and Chancey Williams and the Younger Brothers Band Rounds at the SD State Fair
HURON, S.D. – Kicking off the State Fair at 8 p.m. CDT on Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 27-28, Channel Seeds Preview Day, will be the Red Wilk Championship Bull Riding (CBR) Bull Bash.


South Dakota Bank Provides Significant Gift toward State Fair's New Exhibit Hall
HURON, S.D. – The South Dakota State Fair Foundation announced today that BankWest has given a $50,000 gift to the Capital Campaign for the building of a new exhibit hall on the South Dakota State Fairgrounds.


South Dakota State Fair Announces the Josh Abbott Band
HURON, S.D. – The South Dakota State Fair announces Josh Abbott Band will perform at the South Dakota State Fair on Saturday, Aug. 30.


Stacy Revels Named Policy Advisor for Dept. of Ag
PIERRE, S.D. – Secretary of Agriculture Lucas Lentsch announced today Stacy Revels has been hired as the new policy advisor for the South Dakota Department of Agriculture.

Brad Greenway to Receive 2014 Governor’s Ag Ambassador Award
PIERRE, S.D. – Brad Greenway of Mitchell, S.D., will be awarded the 2014 Governor’s Ag Ambassador Award on Friday, June 27, at the annual Governor’s Agricultural Summit in Deadwood.


Helicopter Exercise at Angostura Lake
RAPID CITY, S.D.— The South Dakota Wildland Fire Division will be administering an annual fire aviation certification to the South Dakota National Guard Aviation Unit at Angostura Lake on Friday, May 16.


USDA Under Secretary Scuse to Speak at 2014 SD Governor’s Ag Summit
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) announces U.S. Department of Agriculture Under Secretary Michael Scuse will speak at this year’s South Dakota Governor’s Agricultural Summit June 26 and 27 at the Lodge in Deadwood.

Seed Companies Join Together to Provide Bright Future for Youth
HURON, S.D. – The South Dakota State Fair Foundation announced today Monsanto Brands Channel, DeKalb, Asgrow and Rea Hybrids have given $100,000 to the Capital Campaign for the building of a new exhibit hall on the South Dakota State Fairgrounds.


Cow to Cup 5K to be held June 7
MILLER, S.D. – South Dakota Agriculture in the Classroom and the South Dakota State University (SDSU) Dairy Club will host the Cow to Cup 5K to raise money for two ag groups.


Department of Ag Launches New Log Finder Website
PIERRE, S.D.-The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) has launched a new Log Finder website to connect those wanting to remove trees on their property with those looking for wood. The website can be found at http://sdda.sd.gov/conservation-forestry/biomass-utilization/.


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.