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Peggy Woolridge Besch named South Dakota State Fair Manager
HURON, S.D. – Peggy Woolridge Besch of Huron, S.D., has been named South Dakota State Fair Manager.


SD Dept. of Ag Hosts Commercial Pesticide Applicator Recertification Classes
PIERRE, S.D. - The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) has posted the schedule for 2015 Commercial Pesticide Applicator Recertification classes.


Farm Loan Mediation Changes
PIERRE, S.D.-The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) recently made changes to its administrative rules for the Agricultural Mediation program. These rules become effective on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014.


Commercial Pesticide Applicator Testing Available Electronically
PIERRE, S.D.-The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) announces Commercial Pesticide Applicator testing is now available on electronic tablets at Regional South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension Centers across the state.


Burn Permits Open within the Black Hills Fire Protection District
RAPID CITY S.D. — Burn permits are now being issued for the Black Hills Forest Fire Protection District for the winter burning season.


Growing in Agriculture: Veterans in Rural America
Loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity and personal courage are all words that embody the timeless values of military service. Every Veterans Day, we honor the men and women throughout our country who have worn the uniform in military service.


Funding Available through USDA for South Dakota Honey Bee Habitat
RAPID CITY, S.D. – The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today more than $4 million in technical and financial assistance is available to Midwest farmers and ranchers to improve honey bee habitat.


Workshop on Identifying and Treating Mountain Pine Beetles in the Black Hills
PIERRE, S.D. – The 2014 mountain pine beetle (MPB) flight has ended and the time is now to identify and treat this year’s infested trees. The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) will host a free workshop on the identification and treatment of MPB in the Black Hills.


Fire Officials Urge Caution during Harvest
RAPID CITY, S.D. – The South Dakota Division of Wildland Fire is asking ranchers and farmers to take extra precautions to prevent wildfires when harvesting crops this fall.


Growing in Agriculture: Tell the Feds, States Do it Best
I'm proud of our farmers and ranchers who are committed to being good stewards of our water. Join me in sending the EPA and the Corps a clear message that the people of South Dakota know more about protecting our water than any agency in Washington, D.C.


South Dakota Tractor Collector Group Donates $50,000 to State Fair Foundation
HURON, S.D.-The International Harvester Collectors Club – South Dakota Chapter 21 has raised more than $50,000 for the new State Fairgrounds’ exhibit hall.


South Dakota Participates in International Trade Summit
South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture Lucas Lentsch last week joined other state agriculture department leaders and their counterparts from Mexico and Canada for a two-day agricultural trade summit as part of the 23rd Annual Tri-National Agricultural Accord in Chicago, Illinois.


Workshop on Identifying and Treating Mountain Pine Beetles in the Black Hills
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) will host a free workshop on the identification and treatment of mountain pine beetles (MPB) in the Black Hills. The 2014 MPB flight has passed and the time to identify and treat this year’s infested trees is now.


Growing in Agriculture: Success and Change for the SD State Fair
The final numbers have been out for a few weeks, but stating the attendance number for the SD State Fair never gets old. Attendance for the 2014 SD State Fair came in at 210,465, up 15 percent from last year’s fair.


SD Dept. of Ag Releases South Dakota Agricultural Economic Impact Study
PIERRE, S.D.- The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) presents the South Dakota Agricultural Economic Impact Study, a special collaboration with South Dakota State University Extension (SDSU), National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) and Decision Innovation Solutions (DIS).


American Bank & Trust Invests in 4-H Youth and the Huron Region
HURON, S.D.-American Bank & Trust was recently recognized for providing a gift of $50,000 to the South Dakota State Fair Foundation toward its “Building a Showcase for 4-H, Youth, and Community” capital campaign. The campaign is raising funds to build a new fairgrounds exhibit hall.


Growing in Agriculture: Rail Service Challenges and Opportunities
Over the past several months, I’ve seen firsthand the leadership and team effort between our congressional and state delegations.