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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

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.

Wildfire Awareness Month Coloring Contest Winners Announced
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Announcing the South Dakota Wildfire Awareness Month’s Coloring Contest winners! Congratulations to Bree Canfield of Spearfish for winning the three to seven age group and Aspen Dorr of Canistota for winning the eight to 12 age group. They each will be awarded a plush Smokey Bear toy.

Wildfire Awareness Month Celebration at Main Street Square on May 3
Rapid City, S.D. – The public is invited to join local fire protection agencies for an afternoon of fun-filled events to be held from 1-3 p.m. MDT on Sunday, May 3, at Rapid City’s Main Street Square.

South Dakota Observes Wildfire Awareness Month in May
RAPID CITY, S.D.—Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed May as Wildfire Awareness Month in South Dakota. South Dakota has joined six other western states in a separate multi-state proclamation.

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.