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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.

AUDIO: SD Ag Chat--Details of TPP Released
Details of the Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement have been released.

Growing in Ag--Veterans Day
South Dakota is known for agriculture. It’s a major contributor to the state’s economy thanks to the hard work, dedication, and pride of the people who reside here.

Burn Permits Open within the Black Hills Fire Protection District
Burn permits are now being issued in the Black Hills Forest Fire Protection District for the winter burning season.

AUDIO: SD Ag Chat--Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza, Lessons Learned and Current Surveillance
Ed Curlett is the Director of Public Affairs for the US Dept. of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

AUDIO: SD Ag Chat--Ag Horizons Conference
The annual Ag Horizon’s Conference is Dec. 1st and 2nd in Pierre.

Organic Producers Reminded of Certification Reimbursement Deadline
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) reminds the state’s organic producers that funds are available to reimburse them for their certification cost. The application deadline is Nov. 15, 2015 for fees incurred before the end of September of this year.

Public Invited to Tour New Offices of SDSU Extension & SD Dept. of Agriculture
are welcome to attend an open house and tour the new offices of South Dakota State University Extension Rapid City Regional Center and South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) Western Ag Development Office.

Grant Deadline Approaching for 4-H Clubs and FFA/FCCLA Chapters
The application deadline for the Building Our South Dakota Rural Communities (BOSDRC) grant program through the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) is Oct. 31, 2015.

Growing in Agriculture: Harvest Time of Year
In South Dakota, we know how rewarding it is to be involved in agriculture.

SD 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.

State 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.

Fire 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.

Growing 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.

Workshop 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.

South 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.

State Mediation Program Gets Recertification
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Mediation Program has just received recertification from USDA’s Farm Service Agency.

RESCHEDULED--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.

Dept. 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.

South 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.

Fires 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.

Hot, 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.

Ways 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.

Horses 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.