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Cover Crops – Another Tool in the Conservation Toolbox
Sustainability—it’s a word many people in and around the agricultural world have been hearing a lot lately.

Experience the Magic at the 2018 SD State Fair
The South Dakota State Fair has announced its 2018 State Fair theme, Experience the Magic.

Burn Permits Open within the Black Hills Fire Protection District
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Wildland Fire Division is now issuing burn permits within the Black Hills Forest Fire Protection District for the winter burning season.

Land Owners Urged to Ensure Recently Burned Brush Piles are Extinguished
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Wildland Fire Division is urging landowners, who have recently burned slash piles, to be vigilant about monitoring them to ensure that they have been completely extinguished.

Freking and Sanderson Named Directors of Agricultural Development Division
Jeremy Freking has been named outreach and operations director and Bryan Sanderson has been named business development director of the South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s (SDDA) Agricultural Development Division.

NAFTA Is Good for Us All
As the South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture, I have had opportunities to expand my knowledge of agriculture on a global scale to help further South Dakota’s agricultural opportunities.

Governor Reappoints Members to Value Added Finance Authority Board
Nathan Jensen of Beresford, Jim Doolittle of Belle Fourche and Jim Schmidt of Sioux Falls were reappointed to the South Dakota Value-Added Finance Authority (VAFA) board by Gov. Dennis Daugaard this month.

Prescribed Fire at Stockade Lake
Later today, the South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Wildland Fire Division and the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks will issue a prescribed burn at Stockade Lake inside Custer State Park.

October is Firewood Awareness Month
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) is celebrating Firewood Awareness Month in the month of October.

Nov. 20 Deadline for Urban and Community Forestry Grant
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture is encouraging South Dakota communities to apply for a 2017 Urban and Community Forestry Comprehensive Challenge Grant.

SD State Fair Sees Increased Attendance
The 2017 South Dakota State Fair saw increased numbers with 211,843 attending the five-day event.

Specialty Crop Sector in South Dakota Receives Grant Funding Support
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture has awarded around $290,000 to six specialty crop projects around the state. The funds come from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.

Reflections from the Combine
Sometimes I find myself asking, “What did I get myself into?” The question usually comes at 2 AM when I’m dragging myself out of bed to check the cows who are ready to give birth or when the fall rains finally dissipate, the ground dries out and we can finally get into the field to harvest, only to find the combine just decided to break down.

Scholarship Prizes Available for Resource Conservation Speech Contest Winners
Contestants in the 2018 State Finals of the Resource Conservation Speech contest will be eligible to win college scholarships, totaling $2,300.

Another Tool to Enhance Water Quality
In South Dakota, we have a long legacy of working together to both produce food for the world and protect and enhance our natural resources, from the soil we use for crops and grass to the water we fish in, swim in and drink.