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Education in Spotlight at the State Fair
Every year teachers are encouraged to submit student education entries to the Education Department in the Arts & Education Building at the South Dakota State Fair. For some teachers, it’s a tradition.


Be Safe with Fire this Independence Day
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Wildland Fire Division is reminding people to use extreme caution when shooting off fireworks in areas of the state where conditions are dry.


South Dakota Ag in the Classroom Seeks Donations of Ear Tags
South Dakota Ag in the Classroom (SDAITC) is looking for donations of animal ear tags from livestock producers for a hands-on activity for FFA chapters to use in elementary classrooms.


Preventing Wildfires While Baling
Because of dry conditions in the western part of the state, the South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Wildland Fire Division (SDWF) has seen an increase in fires that have been started while producers are baling hay.


SD Ag Chat: Pollinator Week with Apiary Specialist Bob Reiners
People love garden fresh fruits and vegetables, but they don’t often think about the pollinators that help them grow.


Not Time to Treat Ash Trees for EAB—Yet
The recent find of the emerald ash borer (EAB) in Omaha, Neb., has renewed interest in the invasive insect.


Pollinator Week is June 20-26 in South Dakota
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed June 20-26, 2016 as Pollinator Week in South Dakota.


SD Ag Chat: Good Timing for Thistle and Leafy Spurge Control
Agricultural crops are growing in South Dakota right now….but so are the weeds.


SD Ag Chat: Increased Fire Potential in the Black Hills
Lack of rain in the Black Hills in May and the early part of June has created an increased risk for wildfires.

SD Ag Chat: More Growing Degree Days in SD
The growing season in South Dakota is lengthening.


Emerald Ash Borer Found in Omaha, Still Not in South Dakota
Emerald ash borer has been found in Omaha, Neb., but it still has not been found in South Dakota.


Financing Agriculture in South Dakota
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture has financial programs available for agricultural producers and agricultural related businesses.


June is Dairy Month in South Dakota
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has declared June as “Dairy Month” in South Dakota.


Wildland Fire Deputy Director Retires
The deputy division director for the South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Wildland Fire Division is retiring.


Trichomoniasis in South Dakota
Thirteen South Dakota beef herds have been diagnosed with Tritrichomonas foetus (trich) infection since December,

SD Ag Chat: New Executive Secretary for SD FFA
There’s a new leader for one of South Dakota’s student organizations.


“Cow to Cup” 5K Fun Run/Walk to be Held June 4
The “Cow to Cup” 5K Fun Run/Walk will be held Saturday, June 4, 2016 in conjunction with Dairy Fest.

SD Ag Chat: Registration Deadline for Governor’s Ag Summit is May 31
A variety of topics will be featured at this year’s Governor’s Ag Summit.


Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week is May 22-28 in South Dakota
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed May 22-28, 2016 as Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week in South Dakota.

Governor’s Agricultural Summit Features Panels on Policy, Weather and Conservation
The 2016 Governor’s Agricultural Summit features panel discussions on agricultural policy, the weather’s impact on agriculture, water quality and how some producers implement stewardship and conservation practices on their operations.


SD Ag Chat: Raising Cattle in SD
May is Beef Month in South Dakota.


Helicopter Exercise at Angostura Lake
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Wildland Fire Division will be administering an annual fire aviation certification to the South Dakota National Guard Aviation Unit at Angostura Lake on Friday, May 20


Deadline for South Dakota 100 and 125 Year Farm & Ranch Recognition is Aug. 11
Agriculture has long been the foundation of South Dakota history. 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 2016 South Dakota State Fair.


SD Ag Chat--June Surveys Ask What Crops SD Farmers Planted
Next month (June), farmers will be asked to answer surveys that ask how many acres of what crops farmers were able to plant.


Deadline for Governor’s Ag Summit Registration Quickly Approaching
Registration for the seventh annual South Dakota Governor’s Agricultural Summit will close on May 31.


Aberdeen Fifth Grader Wins South Dakota Arbor Day Poster Contest
Summer Ryan, a fifth grade student at O.M. Tiffany Elementary School in Aberdeen is the winner of the 2016 South Dakota Arbor Day Poster Contest.


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.

SD Beef Industry Council Celebrating May Beef Month
May has been designated as Beef Month in South Dakota again this year.


SD Ag Chat: FFA Agriscience Contest Encourages Researchers
Reliable scientific research is an important component of implementation and acceptance of modern agricultural practices.


South Dakota Agencies Ready if Emerald Ash Borer is Found
Emerald ash borer was accidently introduced from East Asia into the Detroit, Michigan, area sometime during the 1990s. Since that time, it has killed ash trees in 25 states and two Canadian provinces.

Noxious Weed Control Awareness Month
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has declared May as South Dakota “Noxious Weed Control Awareness Month” to highlight the importance of managing noxious weeds, which negatively affect agriculture, water quality, recreational opportunities and wildlife.

South Dakota Ag in the Classroom Announces Teacher of the Year
South Dakota Ag in the Classroom has named Michael Burke, a fourth grade teacher at Valley View Elementary in Rapid City, South Dakota, as its 2016 Teacher of the Year.


Emerald Ash Borer Readiness Training Works Through Response Plan
Federal, state and city officials held a field training exercise Thursday, April 28, to practice how the agencies will respond if emerald ash borer is found in South Dakota.

Volunteer Fire Assistance Grants Open May 1
Grant applications for the Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) program will be accepted from May 1 to June 1, 2016.

Wildfire Awareness Month Coloring Contest Winners Announced
Two youth from Rapid City are the winners of this year’s South Dakota Wildfire Awareness Month coloring contest.

Speech Contest Winners Announced
The 55th annual State Finals of the Resource Conservation Speech Contest were held at the State Capitol in Pierre on Saturday, April 23, 2016. The theme of this year’s contest was “Why Manage Water for Conservation.”


South Dakota Observes Wildfire Awareness Month During May
Governor Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed May as Wildfire Awareness Month in South Dakota.

SD State Fair Seeks SD Talent for Sherwin Linton’s AARP Centennial Stage Show
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 2016 State Fair AARP Centennial Stage Shows.

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


Michelle Rook to Receive 2016 Governor’s Ag Ambassador Award
Michelle Rook of Yankton, S.D. will be recognized as the 2016 Governor’s Ag Ambassador on Thursday, June 2, at the annual Governor’s Agricultural Summit in Brookings.

Emerald Ash Borer Readiness Training to Take Place in Sioux Falls
Emerald ash borer, an exotic insect responsible for the loss of more than 100 million ash trees in the United States over the past two decades, is getting closer to South Dakota.


Cronin Appointed to Wheat Commission
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has appointed Tregg Cronin of Gettysburg to the South Dakota Wheat Utilization Research and Marketing Development Commission. Cronin fills the vacant East River position resulting from the retirement of Darrel Davis, Ipswich.

2016 Arbor Day Essay Contest Winners Selected
Tyrel Mansfield of Kadoka, Seth Schoon of White River and Jensine Matson of Ramona are the winners of the 2016 Arbor Day essay contest.


Farmers Market Grower Grants Available
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) has grant funds available to support local farmers markets.

John Kay & Steppenwolf and Foghat Complete SD State Fair Grandstand Line-Up
The South Dakota State Fair, along with C&B Operations, LLC, are proud to welcome John Kay & Steppenwolf and Foghat to the State Fair Grandstand on Sunday, Sept. 4, completing the fair’s grandstand line-up.


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.

Swint Well Prescribed Fire to Continue at Custer State Park
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Wildland Fire Division, South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks, and Custer State Park will continue the Swint Well prescribed burn in Custer State Park.


Fire Hazard and Fuels Mitigation Cost-Share Program
With the recent fire activity in the Black Hills, now is the best time to mitigate the fire threat and lower the risk of catastrophic fire to your property.


Two Prescribed Fires Planned At Custer State Park
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Wildland Fire Division, South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks and Custer State Park will be conducting two prescribed burns in Custer State Park this week.


SD State Forester Joins Council of Western State Foresters’ Executive Committee
Greg Josten, South Dakota state forester, has been selected to serve on the Council of Western State Foresters’ (CWSF) executive committee.


Governor’s Agricultural Summit to be Held June 1 & 2 in Brookings
The seventh annual Governor’s Agricultural Summit hosted by the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) will be held on June 1 and 2 at the Swiftel Center in Brookings.


Huron to Host National Junior High Finals Rodeo
The South Dakota State Fairgrounds in Huron, S.D., has been selected to host the 2018 and 2019 National Junior High Finals Rodeo (NJHFR) by the National High School Rodeo Association.


SD Ag Chat: Spring Weather Outlook for South Dakota
What does the weakening El Nino weather pattern mean for South Dakota this spring and summer?


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.