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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.


2014 Soil Conservation Award Program Winners Announced
Pierre, S.D. – Six South Dakota farms and ranches have been recognized with 2014 Soil Conservation Awards. Award winners include Charles Maude of Custer County, Gregory Putnam of Douglas County, Herman Fink of Douglas County, Roger Olson of Lake County, David Mousel of Moody County and Rick Veldkamp of Moody County.


Beadle County 4-H Raises $103,000 for New Exhibit Hall
HURON, S.D.-Beadle County 4-H members have exceeded their $75,000 fundraising goal for the South Dakota State Fair Foundation’s construction of a new exhibit hall. To date, they have raised $103,000 and are still actively carrying out fundraising activities. This is in addition to the $500,000 fundraising goal set by the rest of the 4-H’ers in South Dakota.


Dept. of Ag Accepting Applications for Donated 2014 CRP Mid-Term Management Hay
PIERRE, S.D. — The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) is accepting applications for donated 2014 CRP mid-term management hay bales. Applications are being accepted until 5 p.m. CDT on Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014.


Workshop about Treating Mountain Pine Beetles in the Black Hills
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) will host a free workshop on treatment of mountain pine beetles in the Black Hills. The 2014 mountain pine beetle flight will be ending and the time to identify and treat this year’s infested trees is just around the corner.


State Fair Breaks Attendance Goal
HURON, S.D. –South Dakota State Fair officials said the goal was to hit an attendance of 200,000 this year. Today, they announce attendance for the 2014 fair was 210,465, up 15 percent from last year’s tally.


Foundation of Major Farmer-Owned Cooperative Provides $50,000
HURON, S.D. - Recognition was given Monday for a gift provided by the CHS Foundation. A check for $50,000 was presented to the South Dakota State Fair Foundation at the Watertown CHS location. The funds will go toward the capital campaign for a new exhibit hall.

Grants Available To 4-H Clubs and FFA/FCCLA
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Agriculture announces grant funding is now available through the Building Our South Dakota Rural Communities (BOSDRC) grant program.


Scholarship Prizes Available for Resource Conservation Speech Contest Winners
PIERRE, S.D. – Contestants in the 2015 State Finals of the Resource Conservation Speech contest will be eligible to win a total of $2,300 in college scholarships.

September is Honey Month in South Dakota
PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed September as Honey Month in South Dakota.

Area Turkey Processing Plant Provides $150,000 toward Nordby Exhibit Hall
HURON, S.D. – The Dakota Provisions turkey plant located in Huron was recognized Sunday for a major pledge toward the State Fair Foundation’s Capital Campaign for a new exhibit hall. A check was presented for $150,000. This gift ties with a gift given earlier this year for the second largest donation to the campaign.


Today is Prostrollo Motors Day
Friday, Aug. 29, is Prostrollo Motors Day. Make sure to stop by Prostrollo Motors on Highway 14 prior to the fair to pick up the Prostrollos Rockin’ Rollback coupon for $1 off gate admission at the State Fair.


Value Added Ag Day at the SD State Fair
Today is Value Added Ag Day at the State Fair. Stop by the Day Sponsor Tent to see what’s happening in South Dakota’s agricultural industry.


Channel Seeds Preview Day Kicks off SD State Fair
HURON, S.D. – Wednesday, Aug. 27, is Channel Seeds Preview Day at the South Dakota State Fair.

State Fair 4-H Exhibits and Activities are Strategically Located
HURON, S.D. – This year’s State Fair will see a shuffling of 4-H exhibits and activities because of the transition from Clover Hall to the Nordby Exhibit Hall for 4-H, Youth and Community.


Ways to Save Money at the State Fair
HURON, S.D. –South DakotaState Fair offers several ways to save money during the fair.


State Fair to Host Free Concerts and Entertainment
HURON, S.D. – Each year the State Fair hosts a variety of free entertainment. During the five day run, attendees can find six stages of various events around the fairgrounds free with paid gate admission.

SD Dept. of Ag Presents the 2014 South Dakota Agriculture Bulletin No. 74
PIERRE, S.D.-The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) presents the 2014 South Dakota Agriculture Bulletin No. 74 with assistance from the South Dakota National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Decision Innovation Solutions (DIS) and South Dakota State University Extension (SDSU).

Beshears Named Director of Agricultural Services Division
PIERRE, S.D. - Brandon Beshears has been named director of the Agricultural Services division for the South Dakota Department of Agriculture.


Beef Genetics Trade Mission to Russia Cancelled
PIERRE, S.D.-Due to uncertainties in the Russian market, the beef genetics trade mission hosted by the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) and South Dakota Beef Breeds Council planned for October has been cancelled.


Buy Your SD State Fair Grandstand Tickets Early to Save on Gate Admission!
HURON, S.D. – The 2014 South Dakota State Fair is just around the corner. Fair goers are reminded that any grandstand tickets purchased by Wednesday, Aug. 27 will include free gate admission. Tickets purchased on or after Aug. 28 will not include gate admission.


South Dakota State Fair Salutes Veterans
HURON, S.D.- To show appreciation for their service, the South Dakota State Fair will give all veterans and active military personnel free gate admission on Thursday, Aug. 28.


Nordby Will Match 4-H Members Raising Funds for State Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall
HURON, S.D. – Philanthropist Earl Nordby of Huron has issued a challenge to 4-H members and families throughout the state. He has pledged to match the 4-H’ers’ $500,000 statewide fundraising goal for the capital campaign to build a new fairgrounds’ exhibit hall.


Pork Butt Battle and Chili Challenge to be hosted at SD State Fair
HURON, S.D. – Free events at the 2014 South Dakota State Fair will include the Pork Butt Battle sponsored by SD Pork Producers, Advanced BioEnergy and 1st Financial Bank USA, as well as Jack’s Campers Chili Challenge.


Kick off the School Year with South Dakota’s Largest Classroom
HURON, S.D. – Teachers, kick off your school year with South Dakota’s Largest Classroom. The South Dakota State Fair is inviting teachers and students from across the state to participate in South Dakota’s Largest Classroom on Thursday, Aug. 28, and Friday, Aug. 29.


Become the Next “Dacotah Star” at the South Dakota State Fair
HURON, S.D. – Make your voice heard at the South Dakota State Fair! Become the next “Dacotah Star” at the Dacotah Star Talent Competition presented by Dacotah Bank. More than $2,000 in cash prizes will be awarded to division winners.


Smith Named Director of Resource Conservation and Forestry Division
PIERRE, S.D.-William “Bill” Smith has been named director of the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) Resource Conservation and Forestry division.


Josten Named State Forester
PIERRE, S.D.-Gregory J. Josten has been named South Dakota state forester.


Help Keep Cattle Comfortable in High Heat
PIERRE, S.D.–Recent high temperatures and above-average humidity have created unfavorable conditions for South Dakota livestock. Livestock owners are encouraged to continue efforts to keep cattle and other livestock comfortable using all available resources. Cattle with dark hides, fat cattle, and ill animals are all at greater risk of heat stress. Once heat stress sets in, preventative measures are less effective.


First Dakota Supporting Growth and Development of Youth through Capital Campaign Donation
HURON, S.D. – The South Dakota State Fair Foundation announced today that First Dakota National Bank has given a $100,000 gift to the Capital Campaign for the building of a new exhibit hall on the South Dakota State Fairgrounds.


Dept. of Ag Pesticide Container Recycling Collection Begins July 14
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) encourages all ag producers and businesses to take advantage of the free pesticide container recycling collection from Monday, July 14, through Wednesday, Sept. 10, in 37 locations around the state.

National Red Power Show Attendance Number Announced
HURON, S.D. – The 2014 National Red Power Round Up was held at the SD State Fairgrounds in Huron, SD on June 26-28. Attendance for the show was 18,626.


South Dakota Bank Puts Community First through Capital Campaign Donation
HURON, S.D. – The South Dakota State Fair Foundation announced today First National Bank has given a $50,000 gift to the Capital Campaign for the building of a new exhibit hall on the South Dakota State Fairgrounds.


South Dakota State Fair Launches New Website
HURON, S.D. – The South Dakota State Fair launched a new website, www.sdstatefair.com, on Wednesday, July 2.


Ag Social Media Contest Begins Today
PIERRE, S.D.- The South Dakota Department of Agriculture is hosting a social media photo contest to celebrate South Dakota’s 125th year of statehood Thursday, July 3 through Friday, Aug. 8.