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2016 Wildland Fire Academy Registration Open
Registration is open for the 2016 Wildland Fire Academy that will be held in Ft. Pierre, S.D., March 17-20.

Gov. Announces South Dakota Conservation Commission Appointments
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has reappointed Gerald Thaden of Marvin and Thomas Wolles of Colton to the State Conservation Commission.

SD Ag Chat: Rejuvenating the SD FFA Alumni Association
In this SD Ag Chat, hear about the South Dakota FFA Alumni Association and how you can become a part of it.

Hazardous Fuels Mitigation Work Taking Place in Custer
A hazardous fuels reduction project will soon begin at Big Rock Park on Pageant Hill in Custer.

SDAITC Seeks 2016 Agriculture Teacher of the Year Nominations
Do you know an elementary or middle school teacher who does a good job incorporating agricultural information into his or her every day classroom activities?

Hazardous Fuels Mitigation Work Taking Place at Giraffic Park
A hazardous fuels reduction project will soon begin at the YMCA Giraffic Park Day Camp on U.S. Highway 385 near Silver City.

Governor’s Ag Ambassador Nominations Sought
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) is seeking nominations for the 2016 South Dakota Governor’s Ag Ambassador Award.

Growing in Agriculture: Succession Planning
Agriculture is a risky business. From the whims of weather to the often unpredictable nature of the commodity and livestock markets to the cost of inputs, there is much in agriculture we can’t control.

AUDIO: SD Ag Chat--District FFA Officers Learn Leadership in Pierre
FFA members from across South Dakota had the opportunity to learn about leadership and the legislative process while participating in the organization’s annual district officer training and legislative breakfast event in Pierre.

Stout and Hansen Named Agriculture Development Representatives
Ben Stout and Bill Hansen have been hired as agricultural development representatives for the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA).

Thrills, Squeals and Ferris Wheels at the 2016 SD State Fair
The South Dakota State Fair has announced its 2016 State Fair theme – “Thrills, Squeals and Ferris Wheels.”

SD Ag Chat--More SD Farmers Are Using No-Till
county-level inventory of the types of cropping systems South Dakota farmers are using shows almost half are utilizing no-till.

Quick Start to South Dakota’s 2015 Fire Season
Extremely dry conditions got South Dakota’s Wildland Fire season started early in 2015, but it slowed as wetter conditions persevered.

AUDIO: SD Ag Chat--SD NRCS 2015 Cropping Systems Inventory
A county-level inventory of the types of cropping systems South Dakota farmers are using less tillage than they did ten years ago.

SD Ag in the Classroom Looking for Vegetable Seed Donations
If you have vegetable seed packets laying around that you won’t use, South Dakota’s Ag in the Classroom program would like to have them.

SD Ag Chat--Wrapping up 2015 Agriculture Financials and Looking Ahead to 2016
This year showed extreme volatility in both the crop and livestock sectors of agriculture.

AUDIO: SD Ag Chat--What an El Nino winter means for South Dakota
South Dakota State University Extension Climate Specialist and State Climatologist Dr. Dennis Todey explains what an El Nino winter means for the state.

Visible Smoke in the Black Hills Due to Slash Pile Burning
Favorable snow cover has prompted fire crews to begin burning slash piles created from fuel reduction projects at multiple locations across the Black Hills region of South Dakota.

AUDIO: SD Ag Chat--USDA NASS Fall Surveys
It’s survey time again for some South Dakota farmers and ranchers. USDA NASS state statistician Erik Gerlach says the information gathered is used several different ways.

AUDIO: SD Ag Chat--Christmas Tree Inspections
Trees brought into South Dakota from other parts of the country are inspected before they’re allowed to come inside to be a Christmas tree.

Growing in Agriculture: The Forest and the Trees
It’s a festive time of year. Christmas decorations are everywhere and often, the displays center around a tree.

AUDIO: SD Ag Chat--Highmore Wins State FFA Parliamentary Procedure Contest
The Highmore FFA Chapter officer team knows how to properly conduct their meetings. The team won first place in the State FFA Parliamentary Procedure contest this month.

Don’t Move Mountain Pine Beetle Infested Wood in the Black Hills
People stocking up on firewood in the Black Hills should use caution in cutting or buying pine firewood so that they are not also moving mountain pine beetles.

AUDIO: SD Ag Chat--National Corn Growers and National Farmers Union groups differ on TPP
National Corn Growers Association president Chip Bowling and National Farmers Union Senior Vice President of Programs Chandler Goule have differing opinions as to whether or not the Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement will be good for American agriculture.

Growing in Agriculture--More Than Thankful
This time of year, especially, makes me reflect on the many things I have to be thankful for in my life, in particular family.

AUDIO: SD Ag Chat--SD Senator Mike Rounds on crop insurance
South Dakota Senator Mike Rounds says the federal government actually pays a lower percentage of the cost of crop insurance than it does other types of disaster programs.

AUDIO: SD Ag Chat--USMEF Sr. VP of Marketing Dan Halstrom on TPP and exports
Dan Halstrom with USMEF talks about the impact TPP would have on US beef, pork and lamb meat exports.

AUDIO: SD Ag Chat--SDDA’s Resource Conservation and Forestry Division picks featured Christmas tree for Capitol display
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Resource Conservation and Forestry Division selected the featured tree for the South Dakota State Capitol Christmas tree display this year.

Tree from Baltic Selected as State Capitol Tree
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s (SDDA) Resource Conservation and Forestry Division has chosen a 29-foot tall Colorado blue spruce from Baltic to serve as the featured tree in the South Dakota State Capitol Christmas tree display.

Jepson, Gross, Hendrickson and Hull Re-Appointed to Value-Added Finance Authority Board
Chuck Jepson of Fort Pierre, Mark Gross of Sioux Falls, Marcia Hendrickson of Chancellor and Bob Hull of Sisseton were re-appointed to the South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s (SDDA) Value Added Finance Authority board (VAFA).

AUDIO: SD Ag Chat--SD agriculture groups come together to support meat exports
Whether meat exports have a direct or indirect impact on their organization, several state agriculture groups are taking an active role in that area.

AUDIO: SD Ag Chat--Leader of USDA FAS Talks TPP
US Department of Agriculture Foreign Ag Service Administrator Phil Karsting talks about how the details in Trans Pacific Partnership affects agriculture.

AUDIO: SD Ag Chat--Andriessen Chairs USMEF
South Dakota businessman Roel Andriessen is serving as chairman of a meat export organization.