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Hoven Fifth Grader Wins South Dakota Arbor Day Poster Contest
PIERRE, S.D. - Kendra Kaiser, a fifth grade student at Hoven Elementary School, in Hoven is the winner of the 2014 South Dakota Arbor Day Poster Contest.


Secretary Lentsch Applauds STB on Decision to Ensure Adequate Fertilizer Shipments
PIERRE, S.D.-South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture Lucas Lentsch released the following statement after hearing the Surface Transportation Board’s (STB) decision to direct the railways to report their plans ensuring delivery of fertilizer shipments.


Speech Contest Winners Announced
PIERRE, S.D.-The 53rd annual State Finals of the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) Resource Conservation Speech Contest were held on Saturday, April 5, 2014, at the State Capitol in Pierre.

Major Gift Donor Announced for New State Fair Exhibit Hall
HURON, S.D. – The South Dakota State Fair Foundation announced today that Earl Nordby from Huron has given a gift of $1 million to the Capital Campaign for the building of a new exhibit hall on the South Dakota State Fairgrounds.


Littau Named Ag Development Representative
PIERRE, S.D.-Ty Littau has been hired as the new Agricultural Development Representative for the South Dakota Department of Agriculture.


2014 Arbor Day Essay Contest Winners Selected
PIERRE, S.D.- Garrett Mitzel of Tyndall, Brandon Bosworth of Plankinton and Danika Gordon of Whitewood are the winning essayists selected from the 1,399 entries in the 2014 Arbor Day Essay Contest.


Horse owners encouraged to prevent Equine Herpesvirus (EHV) infection
PIERRE, S.D. – As spring rapidly approaches, Dr. Dustin Oedekoven, South Dakota state veterinarian, reminds horse owners to prevent the spread of equine herpesvirus (EHV).


Major Gift Donor to be Announced for New State Fair Exhibit Hall
HURON, S.D. – The South Dakota State Fair Foundation plans to announce the donor of a major gift of $1 million to the Capital Campaign for the building of a new exhibit hall on the South Dakota State Fairgrounds.


Announcing the Wildfire Awareness Week Poster Contest
Rapid City, S.D. – To celebrate Wildfire Awareness Week May 2-10, the South Dakota Department of Agriculture Wildland Fire Division is calling all kids to showcase their artistic talents in this year’s Wildfire Awareness Week Poster Contest.


Mountain Pine Beetle Workshops Held In the Black Hills
PIERRE, S.D.-Three mountain pine beetle treatment workshops will be held in the Black Hills during April.


Governor’s Ag Ambassador Nominations Sought
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) is seeking nominations for the 2014 South Dakota Governor’s Ag Ambassador Award.


South Dakota State Fair Announces BOSTON
The South Dakota State Fair announces a performance by BOSTON on Sunday, Aug. 31.


BBQ Competition Class at South Dakota State Fairgrounds
HURON, S.D. – “The Art and Science of Competition BBQ,” a BBQ Competition Class, will be held 3-10 p.m. CDT on Friday, April 25, and 6:30 a.m.-2 p.m. CDT on Saturday, April 26, at the SD State Fairgrounds.


Financing Beginning Farmers and Ranchers
PIERRE, S.D.- The South Dakota Value Added Finance Authority (VAFA) approved three Beginning Farmer Bond applications totaling almost $1.5 million at a meeting on Thursday, Feb. 27, in Brookings.


Cutting and Chunking Deadline Draws Near
PIERRE, S.D.- March 1 is the deadline to kill mountain pine beetles through the cut and chunk method, according to state forest health program specialist Brian Garbisch.


Ranchers Encouraged to Apply for Donated CRP Hay
PIERRE, S.D. — The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) encourages ranchers from blizzard disaster declared counties to apply for donated 2013 Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) mid-term management hay bales. Applications are being accepted until 5 p.m. CDT on Friday, March 21, 2014.

Governor Announces South Dakota Conservation Commission Appointments
Pierre, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has reappointed Aaron Kiesz of Aberdeen, Charlie Moe of Rosebud, Wayne Bunge of Rapid City and Douglas Hansen of Webster to the State Conservation Commission.


“What Does the Fair Say?”
HURON, S.D. – The South Dakota State Fair has announced their 2014 theme, “What Does the Fair Say?”


Gov. Daugaard Promotes South Dakota Dairy Industry in California
PIERRE, S.D. – Governor Dennis Daugaard, for the third year, highlighted South Dakota’s dairy industry in his recent visit to the World Ag Expo.


South Dakota State Fair Presents ALABAMA
HURON, S.D. –The South Dakota State Fair and Legend Seeds announce a performance by ALABAMA as a part of their All American Tour 2014 on Friday, Aug. 29.


Land Owners Urged to Ensure Burned Brush Piles are Extinguished
RAPID CITY, S.D. – The South Dakota Wildland Fire Division (SDWF) is urging landowners who have recently burned brush piles to be vigilant about monitoring them to ensure that they are completely extinguished.


SD Ag in the Classroom and SD Farm Families Host Essay Contest
PIERRE, S.D.-South Dakota Ag in the Classroom (SDAC) and South Dakota Farm Families (SDFF) are partnering together to host an essay contest for third- and fourth-grade students across South Dakota.


Funds Available for Specialty Crop Projects
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) announces federal funds are available for specialty crop projects.


Jerseydale Farms’ Resumes Distribution of Bottled Raw Milk
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Agriculture announces Jerseydale Farms of Brookings, South Dakota, has resumed distribution of bottled raw milk.


Enhanced Livestock Loan Participation Program for Ranchers
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) announces a rate reduction on the existing Livestock Loan Participation Program for producers located in a South Dakota federally disaster designated county due to the Atlas Blizzard.


Jensen Appointed, Doolittle and Hansen Re-Appointed to Value-Added Finance Authority Board
PIERRE, S.D. – Nathan Jensen of Beresford, South Dakota, was appointed to the South Dakota Value Added Finance Authority (VAFA) board by Gov. Dennis Daugaard this month.


Listeria Found In Bottled Raw Milk Produced By Jerseydale Farms
PIERRE, S.D.-The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) is reporting listeria in a sampling of bottled raw (unpasteurized) milk from Jerseydale Farms near Brookings, S.D.