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SD Ag Chat: Tourism Industry Taking Note of Vacationer Interest in Agri-Tourism
Agriculture and tourism are both important industries in South Dakota.

SD Ag Chat: Young SD Couple Building Cattle Herd from Square One
In this SD Ag Chat, hear about one young couple whose love for cattle makes the challenges they face to build their herd worth the risk.


SD Ag Chat: Agriculture and Game Fish and Parks, Blazing a Trail Together
In this SD Ag Chat, hear the head of the state’s Game, Fish and Parks Department talk about the important relationship between landowners and sportsmen and women.

SD Ag Chat: What Happens in Agriculture, Doesn’t Stay in Agriculture
In this SD Ag Chat, hear how what happens to the ag economy has an effect on the entire state.

SD Ag Chat: Be Counted, Answer NASS Surveys
In this SD Ag Chat, South Dakota’s state statistician tells how answering USDA NASS surveys has a direct effect on farmers and ranchers.


SD Ag Chat: Former Stockyards Area Turned Into Agriculture Education Opportunity
A new agricultural education exhibit has opened in South Dakota’s largest town.

SD Ag Chat: Providing Services to Strengthen SD’s Ag Industry
Listen to this SD Ag Chat, to hear the head of the state’s department of agriculture share information on the make-up of the department and some of the services they provide.

SD Ag Chat: SD Had Warmer Than Normal Winter- Wetter April Expected
The latest weather maps show a wetter than average April is in store for South Dakota.

Volunteer Fire Assistance Grants Now Open
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Wildland Fire Division (SDWF) is accepting grant applications for the Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) program through April 30, 2017.

Connecting Agriculture: Celebrating Those Who Feed Us
March Madness - South Dakota style:

SD Ag Chat: Agriculture Tops the List for Economic Development in SD
The head of economic development for the state of SD talks about the connection between those agricultural jobs and economic development in the state in this SD Ag Chat.


SD Ag Chat: SD student wins national agriculture essay contest
This week (March 19-25, 2017) is National Ag Week.

Celebrate National Ag Week
Joining states across the country, Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed March 19-25 as National Ag Week in South Dakota. March 21 is National Ag Day.


Funds Available for Specialty Crop Advancement
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture announces that funds are available for Specialty Crop Block Grants.


SD Ag Chat: Fighting the Wildfires
Wildfires have burned thousands of acres so far in a handful of southern states.


Feb. 27-March 3 is National Invasive Species Awareness Week
Invasive species cause over $100 billion in economic losses annually in the United States.


SD Ag Chat: Biofuels Can Help Turn Ag Economy Around
A South Dakota based ethanol producer thinks increasing the use of biofuels in the U.S. will have a positive impact on the farm economy.

South Dakota Department of Revenue hosting agriculture tax seminars
The South Dakota Department of Revenue will introduce its agriculture tax seminars this spring.


Grants Available for Tree Planting
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) has grant funds available to communities that lost trees during storm events.

Four Reappointed to State Conservation Commission
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has reappointed Doug Hansen of Webster, Wayne Bunge of Rapid City, Charlie Moe of Rosebud and Aaron Kiesz of Aberdeen to the State Conservation Commission.


2017 Wildland Fire Academy Registration Open
Registration is open for the 2017 Wildland Fire Academy which will be held in Ft. Pierre, S.D., on March 23-26.

Caution Urged When Monitoring Burned Slash Piles
South Dakota Wildland Fire, a division of the South Dakota Department of Agriculture, is urging residents who have burned brush piles this season to ensure that the piles have been completely extinguished.

Much More Than Fighting Wildland Fires
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Wildland Fire division serves as the primary firefighting agency for state owned land, but they do more than put out fires.


Waste Pesticide Disposal Program Hits 1 Million Pounds
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s (SDDA) waste pesticide disposal program has topped the one million pound mark since the program began in 1993.


Agriculture Officials Highlight Importance of International Trade and Establish Priorities for Next Farm Bill
The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture emphasized the importance of international trade and expanded markets for U.S. agriculture at its annual Winter Policy Conference this week in Washington, D.C.


SD Ag Chat: Seize the Story Telling Opportunities
Everyone has to eat.


SD Ag Chat: When it Comes to Firewood, Shop Local
When you bring firewood home or to your campsite, you may also unknowingly be transporting harmful pests.

Legendary Southern Rock Band Lynyrd Skynyrd to Play the SD State Fair
The South Dakota State Fair, a division of the South Dakota Department of Agriculture, announces Lynyrd Skynyrd will perform at the grandstand on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017.


Connecting Agriculture: Knowing Your Financial Options
Low prices and high costs are affecting everyone involved in agriculture.


Obtain Firewood from In-State Sources
Camp fires or fire pits are becoming a common sight year round in South Dakota.

Online Option for Grain Checkoff Payments
Grain elevators in South Dakota have a new option for submitting payments to the state’s grain checkoff funds.


Big & Rich First Concert Announcement for SD State Fair
The South Dakota State Fair, a division of the South Dakota Department of Agriculture, announces Big & Rich & Cowboy Troy will perform at the state fair grandstand on Friday, Sept. 1, 2017.


SD Ag Chat: Dairy Checkoff Dollars Working Around the World
You may be eating the results of partnerships formed between various fast food restaurants and the dairy checkoff.


SD Ag Chat: FSA Programs Help Keep Farmers and Ranchers Afloat
In this SD Ag Chat, USDA Farm Service Agency administrator Val Dolcini talks about the role FSA programs play in providing financial stability for farmers and ranchers.

SD Ag Chat: Inside the SD Meat Inspection Program
Animal Industry Board inspectors in South Dakota take hundreds of samples each year from local locker plants or grocery store meat counters and send them to a lab to be tested.