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Presenters Announced for 2017 Governor's Agricultural Summit
The 2017 Governor’s Agricultural Summit will feature discussions on animal health, the current and future agricultural economy, succession planning and innovative South Dakota agriculture businesses.

SD Ag Chat: Honey Bees Do Their Part to Help Feed the World
Worldwide, approximately 1,000 plants grown for food, beverages, fibers, spices and medicines need to be pollinated by animals in order to produce the products people depend on.


Pollinator Week is June 19-25 in South Dakota
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed June 19-25, 2017, as Pollinator Week in South Dakota.


Connecting Agriculture: Finding a Solution to Nonmeandered Water
Growing up in northeast South Dakota, I’ve witnessed the struggle over the non-meandered water issue first hand.


“Thunder at the Fair” Caps Off SD State Fair Grandstand Lineup
The South Dakota State Fair, a division of the South Dakota Department of Agriculture, announces “Thunder at the Fair” Outlaw Truck & Tractor Pull presented by Lankota and Kibble Equipment on Monday, Sept. 4, 2017, at 1 p.m.

SD Ag Chat: Grant Funds Help SD Volunteer Fire Departments Do More
In this SD Ag Chat, hear how federal grant funds help these departments protect their service areas.


Lake Area Technical Institute Receives 2017 Governor’s Ag Ambassador Award
Lake Area Technical Institute (LATI) of Watertown has been named the 2017 Governor’s Ag Ambassador Award recipient.


Preventing Wildfires on the Farm and Ranch
Because of dry conditions across much of the state, the South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Wildland Fire Division (SDWF) urges farmers and ranchers to be prepared in case a wildfire starts while they are baling.


Governor’s Ag Summit Tour Locations Announced
The eighth annual South Dakota Governor’s Agricultural Summit will take place July 12-13, 2017, at the Dakota Event Center in Aberdeen.


June is Dairy Month in South Dakota
The South Dakota dairy industry contributes to the economy both locally and statewide. In recognition of those contributions, Gov. Dennis Daugaard has declared June as “Dairy Month” in South Dakota.


Static Entry Premium Book May Spark Entry Ideas
People have until July 31, 2017 to submit entry forms for the static exhibits contest areas during the South Dakota State Fair.


Connecting Agriculture: Noxious Weeds, Obnoxious to Control
Anyone who has had a garden, a lawn or a corn field knows that weeds are a constant challenge.


SD Ag Chat: SD Beef Producers Send Positive Beef Message to New York
May is Beef Month. In this SD Ag Chat, hear why South Dakota beef checkoff dollars are being used to target consumers in New York.

SD Ag Chat: USDA NASS and Partners Gauge Crop Conditions Each Week
In this SD Ag Chat, hear South Dakota’s state statistician talk about how the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service gathers intel for the weekly crop progress reports.


Wheel Jam Packed with Events
The 14th Annual Wheel Jam will be held June 2-4 at the South Dakota State Fairgrounds in Huron.

SD Ag Chat-- Noxious Weeds, Obnoxious to Control
May is Noxious Weed Control Awareness Month. In this SD Ag Chat, hear the state weed and pest supervisor talk about what noxious weeds are and what effect they can have on the land.


SD Fire Departments Awarded Almost $300,000 in Grant Funding
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s (SDDA) Wildland Fire Division has awarded almost $300,000 in grant funds to volunteer fire departments across the state for the state’s 2018 fiscal year.

Original SD BBQ Championships to be Held During Wheel Jam
Over $14,000 in prize money will be given away during the Original SD BBQ Championships June 2-3 on the South Dakota State Fairgrounds in Huron.

SD Ag Chat: Firewood Will Be the Most Likely Transporter of EAB to SD
In this SD Ag Chat, hear why firewood is the most likely way the harmful insect will get to South Dakota.


Governor’s Agricultural Summit to be Held July 12 & 13 in Aberdeen
Pre-registration is open for the eighth annual South Dakota Governor’s Agricultural Summit to be held July 12 and 13 in Aberdeen.


Increase Diversity, Plant Trees to Prepare for Emerald Ash Borer
Spring is the best time of year to plant new trees to get them established. With that in mind, the South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s (SDDA) Resource Conservation and Forestry Division (RCF) encourages South Dakotans to plant different varieties of trees.


SD Ag Chat: Don’t Need Drought Conditions For Wildland Fires to Start
In 2016, almost 4.9 million acres of land in South Dakota were protected from wildfires.

Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week is May 21-27 in South Dakota
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed May 21-27, 2016 as Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week in South Dakota.


Wildland Fire Division Reminds Public About Campfire Permits
The Division of Wildland Fire is reminding the public that campfires on private land within the Black Hills Forest Fire Protection District need a permit.


South Dakota’s Largest Classroom Held During the SD State Fair
This school year might be winding down but the South Dakota State Fair is looking ahead to the 2017-2018 school year.

SD Ag Chat: USDA NASS Surveys—Quantifying Ag in SD
South Dakota ranks among the top ten states in over 30 crop and livestock production categories, but where does that information come from?

Wildfire Awareness Month Coloring Contest Winners Announced
The Division of Wildland Fire is announcing the South Dakota Wildfire Awareness Month’s Coloring Contest winners Layla Norrie of Box Elder, from the three to seven age group, and Paden Belkham of Blundt, for the eight to twelve age group.


Avoid Pesticide Drift During Spraying Season
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) would like to remind pesticide applicators of drift risk during this spraying season.


Weed-free Forage Market Growing
Hay and straw producers can add value to their products by achieving weed-free forage certification through the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA).


Connecting Agriculture: Celebrating Wildfire Awareness Month
I spent some time this past weekend at the parts store picking up a new battery for my lawnmower.

Easton Corbin Added to SD State Fair Line-Up
The South Dakota State Fair and Legend Seeds welcome Easton Corbin to the SD State Fair Grandstand on Friday, Sept.1.


May is Noxious Weed Control Awareness Month
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has declared May as South Dakota “Noxious Weed Control Awareness Month.”

Speech Contest Winners Announced
The 56th annual State Finals of the Resource Conservation Speech Contest was held at the Capitol Lake Visitor Center in Pierre on Saturday, April 22, 2017.


Gov. Daugaard Proclaims May as Beef Month
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed a proclamation declaring May as “Beef Month” once again this year in South Dakota.

Helicopter Exercise at Angostura Lake
South Dakota Wildland Fire, a division of the South Dakota Department of Agriculture, will be administering the annual fire aviation certification to the South Dakota National Guard Aviation Unit at Angostura Lake on Friday, May 5, 2017.


Wildfire Awareness Month Celebration at Main Street Square
The public is invited to join local fire protection agencies for an afternoon of events to be held at Rapid City’s Main Street Square on Sunday, May 7, from 1–3 p.m.

South Dakota State Fair and Sherwin Linton Seek Talent
The South Dakota State Fair and entertainer Sherwin Linton are looking for South Dakota entertainers of all genres and styles to be included in the 2017 State Fair AARP Centennial Stage Shows.


Faith Fifth Grader Wins South Dakota Arbor Day Poster Contest
Elora Gould, a fifth grade student at Faith Elementary School, is the winner of the 2017 South Dakota Arbor Day Poster Contest.

April 30-May 7 is Soil and Water Stewardship Week in SD
April 30-May 7, 2017, is “Soil and Water Stewardship Week” in South Dakota. The 2017 theme is “Healthy Soils Are Full of Life!”

South Dakota Observes Wildfire Awareness Month During May
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed May, 2017, as Wildfire Awareness Month in South Dakota.


Statement from Sec. of Ag Jaspers on Perdue Confirmation
South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture Mike Jaspers issued the following statement in response to the U. S. Senate’s confirmation of former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue as the next U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.

Justin Moore and Ned LeDoux Added to SD State Fair Grandstand Line Up
The South Dakota State Fair, a division of the South Dakota Department of Agriculture, announces Justin Moore with opening act Ned LeDoux will perform at the grandstand on Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017.


Connecting Agriculture: Celebrating Earth Day by Doing Our Part
Spring is upon us here in South Dakota!


SD Ag Chat: 2017 Fire Season May be Quieter Than Last Year
Temperature and moisture are two main factors in determining the level of fire danger an area may face.


2017 Arbor Day Essay Contest Winners Selected
Kalissa Mayclin of Mt. Vernon, Lariss Stahl of Tabor and Maxwell Quinn of Faulkton are the winning essayists selected from the 1,423 entries in the 2017 Arbor Day Essay Contest.


It Only Takes One Person to Spread Harmful Invasive Pests
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has designated April as Invasive Plant Pest and Disease Awareness Month.

Mediation Services Available for Farmers and Ranchers
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Mediation Program is available for farmers and ranchers in financial distress.


Deadline Approaching for Specialty Crop Grants
The application deadline for the 2017 Specialty Crop Grants is less than one month away.

Fire Hazard and Fuels Mitigation Cost-Share Program
South Dakota Wildland Fire (SDWF) reminds citizens that there is funding available through the 50 Percent Cost Share Fire Hazard and Fuels Reduction Program.

Financing Beginning Farmers
Bond purchasers can potentially save thousands of dollars in federal taxes by investing in a beginning farmer.


Giving Consumers a Place to Find Accurate Information About How Their Food is Grown and Raised
There are hundreds of websites on the internet aimed at providing accurate information about today’s agriculture practices in the U.S.


Prescribed Fire to be Ignited in Custer State Park
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Wildland Fire Division and the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks are planning to ignite the Coolidge Creek prescribed fire on Thursday, April 6.


May 1 Deadline for Brand Rerecording or Registration
Brand owners in South Dakota whose brand or brands were cancelled in May of 2015, have until May 1, 2017 to rerecord their brands.


2017 Wildfire Awareness Month Poster Coloring Contest
May is Wildfire Awareness Month in South Dakota.


Governor’s Ag Ambassador Nominations Sought
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) is seeking nominations for the 2017 South Dakota Governor’s Ag Ambassador Award.