Oct 09, 2015SD Poultry Exhibitions Suspension Rescinded
The South Dakota Animal Industry Board has rescinded an order that suspended all poultry exhibitions statewide.Resource Conservation Speech Contest
Over $2,000 will be awarded to the South Dakota high school students named the winners of the 2016 Resource Conservation Speech Contest.
Oct 07, 2015State Fair Attendance Exceeds Expectations
Attendance at the 2015 South Dakota State Fair exceeded organizer expectations and showed a slight increase over 2014.This year 210,893 people came to the fair, just over 400 more than last year.
Sep 28, 2015Fire Hazard and Fuels Mitigation Cost-Share Program
South Dakota Wildland Fire (SDWF) has funding available through the 50-Percent Cost Share Fire Hazard and Fuels Reduction Program for eligible homeowners to lower the risk of catastrophic fire.
Sep 24, 2015Growing in Agriculture
It seems like every week, we see new reports about how information on everything from soil conditions to crop yields is impacting agriculture. Having accurate data allows farmers and ranchers to be more efficient than ever.
Sep 23, 2015Workshop for Healthy Forests and Mountain Pine Beetles in the Black Hills
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) will host a free workshop to promote forest health.Holt Named Deputy Secretary of Agriculture
Secretary of Agriculture Lucas Lentsch has named Kyle Holt as the deputy secretary for the South Dakota Department of Agriculture.
Sep 21, 2015South Dakota Beef Industry Council Invests in the Future of Agriculture
The South Dakota State Fair Foundation has recently received an investment of $30,000 for permanent educational display space in the new Nordby Exhibit Hall on the South Dakota State Fairgrounds.
Sep 17, 2015State Mediation Program Gets Recertification
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Mediation Program has just received recertification from USDA’s Farm Service Agency.
Sep 15, 2015RESCHEDULED--Saskatchewan Air Tankers to Visit Pierre Regional Airport
Because of a delay by fog in North Dakota, a stop by Canadian firefighting planes to Pierre Tuesday, Sept. 15 has been rescheduled to Wednesday, Sept. 16 from 9 a.m. to noon.State Fair Survey Available for Feedback
South Dakota State Fair officials want to know what those attending this year’s event thought about the fair.
Sep 10, 2015Dept. of Ag Accepting Applications for Donated 2015 CRP Mid-Term Management Hay
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) is accepting applications for donated 2015 CRP mid-term management hay bales.
Sep 09, 2015South Dakota Farm & Ranch Families Honored for a Century or More on the Land
More than 100 farm and ranch families who have owned their land for a century or more were honored at the 2015 South Dakota State Fair, receiving a Century Farm or Quasquicentennial Farm award from the South Dakota Farm Bureau and the South Dakota Department of Agriculture.
Sep 04, 2015Fires Burn Over 200 Acres
The South Dakota Division of Wildland Fire continues to warn of a high fire danger in the western part of the state.
Sep 02, 2015Hot, Dry Conditions Create High Fire Danger in SD
Abundant summer rainfall has created heavy grass fuel loadings across the state and these grass fuels are starting to cure with hotter weather.State Fair Offers Special Days
The South Dakota State Fair offers a variety of activities each day, thanks to several different day sponsors.
Sep 01, 2015Ways to Save Money at the State Fair
The State Fair offers a wide variety of events and exhibits over its five day run and there are several ways for fairgoers to save money.2015 South Dakota Agriculture Bulletin is Available
The latest information about agriculture in South Dakota will be available in the South Dakota Department of Agriculture booth at the South Dakota State Fair in Huron Sept. 3-7.
Aug 31, 2015Horses Coming to State Fair Need Health Papers Issued Within 48 Hours of Arrival
Vesicular Stomatitis Virus (VSV) has been found at 29 locations in five counties in Western South Dakota since July 28, 2015.
Aug 28, 2015Judge Delays Implementation of WOTUS in 13 States, Including South Dakota
On Aug. 27, 2015, the District Court of North Dakota granted a preliminary injunction temporarily delaying implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers’ (Corps) rule redefining the “Waters of the U.S.” (WOTUS).
Aug 27, 2015Growing in Agriculture
This year marks the 130th annual South Dakota State Fair.
Aug 26, 2015South Dakota State Fair Salutes Veterans
The South Dakota State Fair salutes veterans and active military personnel.Grants Available To 4-H Clubs and FFA/FCCLA
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture announces that grant funding is now available through the Building Our South Dakota Rural Communities (BOSDRC) grant program.
Aug 25, 2015Hanson Named Policy Advisor for Dept. of Ag
Secretary of Agriculture Lucas Lentsch has named Dani Hanson as the policy advisor for the South Dakota Department of Agriculture.
Aug 24, 2015“Astonishing Ag Articles” Art Contest at State Fair
South Dakota Value Added Agriculture and South Dakota Ag in the Classroom are holding an art contest in conjunction with the 2015 South Dakota State Fair.
Aug 21, 2015Financing Agriculture in South Dakota
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture has financial programs available for agricultural producers and agricultural related businesses.
Aug 14, 2015Buy Your SD State Fair Grandstand Tickets Early to Save on Gate Admission
The 2015 South Dakota State Fair is just around the corner.
Aug 12, 2015Growing in Agriculture- Fallen, Not Forgotten
As we enjoy the August weather and all of our summer activities, let us also remember the individuals who face the dangers of nature that hot and dry conditions can create.
Aug 10, 2015State Fair to Host 3 Food Competitions
The South Dakota State Fair will host three separate food competitions at the 2015 State Fair- Jack’s Campers Chili Challenge, the Pork Butt Battle and the Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance Heirloom Recipe Contest.Nels and Dorothy Olsen Invest in Future of Huron
The South Dakota State Fair Foundation is pleased to announce that Huron couple Nels and Dorothy Olsen have provided a gift of $20,000 for the new exhibit hall on the South Dakota State Fairgrounds.
Aug 05, 2015Heemstra Named Public Affairs Manager
Jody Heemstra has been named the public affairs manager for the South Dakota Department of Agriculture.Construction Begins on Nordby Exhibit Hall!
Construction has commenced on the Nordby Exhibit Hall for 4-H, Youth, and Community on the southwest corner of the State Fairgrounds in Huron. Dirt is being turned as the first phases of construction take place.
Aug 04, 2015Application Deadline for South Dakota Farm & Ranch Recognition Program Approaching
The deadline is quickly approaching to apply for the South Dakota Farm & Ranch Recognition Program. The South Dakota Farm & Ranch Recognition Program recognizes families who have run operations for 100 or 125 consecutive years.
Aug 03, 2015Gov. Daugaard Declares Aug. 2-8 Farmers Market Week in South Dakota
Much of the fresh produce in South Dakota is at its peak for the season and farmers markets are in full swing providing the freshest food around.State Fair to host Build A Bird Contest
The South Dakota State Fair will host its first ever Build A Bird contest at this year’s fair and we want you to participate!
Jul 30, 2015Growing 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.
Jul 27, 2015Become 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.
Jul 23, 2015BNSF 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.
Jul 21, 2015Growing 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.
Jul 13, 2015Deadlines 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.