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Elite Youth Rodeo Contestants to Compete at SD Timed Event Championship at State Fair
The sixth annual South Dakota Timed Event Championship sponsored in part by Panhandle Slim, Double D Western, Producers Hybrids and Iverson Featherlite will be held Sept. 3-4 in Huron at the South Dakota State Fair.


SD Ag Chat: Trade with Taiwan
A representative from Taiwan is learning more about agriculture in South Dakota.


Become the Next Dakota Star at the South Dakota State Fair
Performers can make their voice heard at the South Dakota State Fair and become the next Dakota Star at the Dakota Star Talent Competition sponsored by Dakotaland Federal Credit Union.


SD Ag Chat--Increase Hay and Straw Value with Weed Free Forage Certification
This summer harvest season, producers can add value to their products by certifying their forages weed-free.

“Chalk it up to Ag” at the SD State Fair
As a tribute to agriculture, the South Dakota State Fair has teamed up with SD Farm Bureau (SDFB) to “Chalk it up to Ag” with an interactive chalk art contest during the fair Sept. 1-5 in Huron, S.D.


Sensitive Sites Registry
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) reminds landowners, bee keepers, organic producers, pesticide applicators and others that the department’s Sensitive Site Registry website is a tool that can be used to help prevent the harmful effects from drift during pesticide or fertilizer applications.

Over 1,100 Ways to Enter the SD State Fair
There are 1,171 ways to showcase your talents at the South Dakota State Fair by entering in the open class static exhibit divisions and the registration deadline is right around the corner.

Organic Certification Cost-Share Program Available
Organic agriculture producers and processors in South Dakota may be eligible to receive up to 75 percent reimbursement for their organic certification costs.


SD Ag Chat: FFA Ag Adventure Center
A familiar stop for many during the South Dakota State Fair is getting a new look and a new name.


Turn Your Junk into “Fair”Cycled Art at the SD State Fair
Entries are being accepted for the “Fair”Cycled Art Contest at the 2016 South Dakota State Fair.

SD Ag Chat--Cronin Farms Focuses on Diversification
Cronin Farms near Gettysburg, South Dakota takes diversification seriously as they will harvest 12 different crops this year.


Dept. of Ag Pesticide Container Recycling Collection Begins July 11
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture encourages all ag producers and businesses to take advantage of free pesticide container recycling collection from Monday, July 11, through Thursday, Sept. 8, in 37 locations around the state.

SD Ag Chat: Changes to Private Applicator Testing
The take-home exam is no longer an option for private applicator testing in South Dakota.


Changes to Private Applicator Testing Effective July 1, 2016
As of July 1, 2016, the South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Private Web Testing program will be SDDA and SDSU Extension’s primary option for private applicator certification and recertification.


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.”