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Emerald Ash Borer Information Forum Scheduled
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) is hosting an emerald ash borer (EAB) informational forum on Thursday, July 12, at 7 p.m. MDT at the Game, Fish and Parks Outdoor Campus West located at 4130 Adventure Trail in Rapid City, SD.


Roger Scheibe Receives 2018 Governor’s Ag Ambassador Award
Roger Scheibe of Brookings has been named the 2018 Governor’s Ag Ambassador Award recipient.


South Dakota Fire Departments Awarded Almost $250,000 in Grant Funding
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture's Wildland Fire Division has awarded almost $250,000 in grant funds to volunteer fire departments across the state for the state's 2018 fiscal year.


Come “Experience the Magic” at the South Dakota State Fairgrounds
Whether you want to “Experience the Magic” at the South Dakota State Fair or wrangle in some memories at the National Junior High Finals Rodeo (NJHFR), the State Fair Park is the place for you and your family this summer.


SD Century Farm & Ranch Recognition Deadline is Aug. 10
The South Dakota Farm Bureau (SDFB) and the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) will again recognize and honor longstanding South Dakota families at the 2018 South Dakota State Fair.


SDDA Reminds Producers of Dicamba Label Instructions
Throughout the spring season, the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) reminds farmers to read and follow all label instructions when applying agricultural products, including dicamba products.


SD State Fair Grandstand Tickets to go on Sale June 11
Tickets to the 2018 South Dakota State Fair Grandstand will go on sale to the general public on Monday, June 11, at 8 a.m. CDT.


Emerald Ash Borer Workshop: What can tree owners do?
Ash tree owners in the Sioux Falls area are encouraged to attend an emerald ash borer (EAB) workshop on Monday, June 11, to learn about the insect and effective treatments.


Fire Hazard and Fuels Mitigation Cost-Share Program
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Wildland Fire Division reminds citizens that there is funding available through the 50 Percent Cost Share Fire Hazard and Fuels Reduction Program.


Wheel Jam Packed with Events
The 15th Annual Wheel Jam will be held May 31 – June 3 at the South Dakota State Fairgrounds in Huron.


Wildfire Awareness Month Coloring Contest Winners Announced
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture Wildland Fire division announced the winners of their Wildfire Awareness Month Coloring Contest.


State Fair Centennial Stage Seeks South Dakota Talent
The South Dakota State Fair and entertainer Sherwin Linton are in search of guest entertainers for one of Linton’s fifteen shows on the AARP Centennial Stage during the 2018 South Dakota State Fair, which runs Aug. 30 through Sept. 3.


Campfire Permits Required on Private Land
South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Wildland Fire Division is reminding the public that a campfire on private land within the Black Hills Forest Fire Protection District requires a permit.


Emerald Ash Borer Information Forum Scheduled
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) is hosting an informational forum on Thursday, May 17, at 6:30 p.m. at the Game, Fish and Parks Outdoor Campus located at 4500 S. Oxbow Ave. in Sioux Falls.


Registration Open for South Dakota’s Largest Classroom Held during the South Dakota State Fair
Registration is now open for South Dakota’s Largest Classroom at the 2018 South Dakota State Fair. The Largest Classroom event will take place on Thursday, Aug. 30, and Friday, Aug. 31, 2018.


VAFA Offers Low Interest Rates for Livestock Development Projects
Producers and bankers can benefit by utilizing tax-exempt bond programs for livestock development projects through the Value Added Finance Authority (VAFA).


SDDA Offers Weed-Free Forage Certification
Hay producers can add value to their product by having it certified noxious weed-free forage through the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA).


Emerald Ash Borer Confirmed in South Dakota
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) has confirmed that an infestation of emerald ash borer (EAB) has been discovered in northern Sioux Falls.


#EveryFieldEveryTime
Technology is changing the way farmers manage their operations. This is particularly apparent to anyone who’s stuck their head inside a tractor lately. Cabs are now filled with wires, monitors, and buttons. This equipment gives us the ability to evaluate the soil, pick the precise place a seed should be planted, gauge exactly how much fertilizer the plant needs and so much more.


Governor’s Agricultural Summit Registration Open
Pre-registration is open for the ninth annual South Dakota Governor’s Agricultural Summit to be held July 11 and 12 in Rapid City.


May is Wildfire Awareness Month in South Dakota
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed May 2018 as Wildfire Awareness Month in the State of South Dakota. South Dakota has joined ten other western states in a separate multi-state proclamation.


Helicopter Exercise in Custer State Park at Stockade Lake
The South Dakota Wildland Fire Division will be administering an annual fire aviation certification to the South Dakota National Guard Aviation Unit in Custer State Park at Stockade Lake on Friday, May 4.


Kadoka Fifth Grader Wins South Dakota Arbor Day Poster Contest
Jai Shawn Quick Bear, a fifth grade student at Kadoka Elementary School, is the winner of the 2018 South Dakota Arbor Day Poster Contest. Jai Shawn’s poster was chosen out of 725 entries from fifth graders all over the state.


2018 Arbor Day Essay Contest Winners Selected
Larissa Stahl of Tabor, Sophie Dowling of Murdo and Connor Torkelson of Wanblee have been selected as the winning essayists in the 2018 Arbor Day Essay Contest.


Prescribed Fire to be Ignited at Angostura State Park
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Wildland Fire Division and South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks are planning to ignite the Angostura State Park prescribed fire on Wednesday, April 24. Mop up and monitoring will continue the following days.


SDDA Classifies Dicamba Products as Restricted Use Pesticides
As of April 30, 2018, all pesticide products containing only dicamba, and having agricultural use labels, sold in South Dakota are classified as restricted use pesticides (RUPs).


Red Wilk Construction Tuff Hedeman Bull Bash Joins State Fair Grandstand Lineup
The Red Wilk Construction Tuff Hedeman Bull Bash is the latest addition to the SD State Fair grandstand lineup.