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State Fair Centennial Stage Seeks South Dakota Talent
The South Dakota State Fair and entertainer Sherwin Linton are in search of guest entertainers for one of Linton’s fifteen shows on the AARP Centennial Stage during the 2018 South Dakota State Fair, which runs Aug. 30 through Sept. 3.


Campfire Permits Required on Private Land
South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Wildland Fire Division is reminding the public that a campfire on private land within the Black Hills Forest Fire Protection District requires a permit.


Emerald Ash Borer Information Forum Scheduled
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) is hosting an informational forum on Thursday, May 17, at 6:30 p.m. at the Game, Fish and Parks Outdoor Campus located at 4500 S. Oxbow Ave. in Sioux Falls.


Registration Open for South Dakota’s Largest Classroom Held during the South Dakota State Fair
Registration is now open for South Dakota’s Largest Classroom at the 2018 South Dakota State Fair. The Largest Classroom event will take place on Thursday, Aug. 30, and Friday, Aug. 31, 2018.


VAFA Offers Low Interest Rates for Livestock Development Projects
Producers and bankers can benefit by utilizing tax-exempt bond programs for livestock development projects through the Value Added Finance Authority (VAFA).


SDDA Offers Weed-Free Forage Certification
Hay producers can add value to their product by having it certified noxious weed-free forage through the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA).


Emerald Ash Borer Confirmed in South Dakota
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) has confirmed that an infestation of emerald ash borer (EAB) has been discovered in northern Sioux Falls.


#EveryFieldEveryTime
Technology is changing the way farmers manage their operations. This is particularly apparent to anyone who’s stuck their head inside a tractor lately. Cabs are now filled with wires, monitors, and buttons. This equipment gives us the ability to evaluate the soil, pick the precise place a seed should be planted, gauge exactly how much fertilizer the plant needs and so much more.


Governor’s Agricultural Summit Registration Open
Pre-registration is open for the ninth annual South Dakota Governor’s Agricultural Summit to be held July 11 and 12 in Rapid City.


May is Wildfire Awareness Month in South Dakota
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed May 2018 as Wildfire Awareness Month in the State of South Dakota. South Dakota has joined ten other western states in a separate multi-state proclamation.


Helicopter Exercise in Custer State Park at Stockade Lake
The South Dakota Wildland Fire Division will be administering an annual fire aviation certification to the South Dakota National Guard Aviation Unit in Custer State Park at Stockade Lake on Friday, May 4.


Kadoka Fifth Grader Wins South Dakota Arbor Day Poster Contest
Jai Shawn Quick Bear, a fifth grade student at Kadoka Elementary School, is the winner of the 2018 South Dakota Arbor Day Poster Contest. Jai Shawn’s poster was chosen out of 725 entries from fifth graders all over the state.


2018 Arbor Day Essay Contest Winners Selected
Larissa Stahl of Tabor, Sophie Dowling of Murdo and Connor Torkelson of Wanblee have been selected as the winning essayists in the 2018 Arbor Day Essay Contest.


Prescribed Fire to be Ignited at Angostura State Park
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Wildland Fire Division and South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks are planning to ignite the Angostura State Park prescribed fire on Wednesday, April 24. Mop up and monitoring will continue the following days.


SDDA Classifies Dicamba Products as Restricted Use Pesticides
As of April 30, 2018, all pesticide products containing only dicamba, and having agricultural use labels, sold in South Dakota are classified as restricted use pesticides (RUPs).


Red Wilk Construction Tuff Hedeman Bull Bash Joins State Fair Grandstand Lineup
The Red Wilk Construction Tuff Hedeman Bull Bash is the latest addition to the SD State Fair grandstand lineup.


Governor’s Ag Ambassador Nominations Sought
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) is seeking nominations for the 2018 South Dakota Governor’s Ag Ambassador Award.


Supporting our Rural Communities
If you’ve spent much time in South Dakota, you understand the important partnership between agriculture and rural communities.


Wildland Fire Academy - A Successful Event
South Dakota Wildland Fire Division, in conjunction with the Black Hills National Forest, Nebraska National Forest and Grasslands, and the Bureau of Land Management hosted a Wildland Fire Academy March 22-25, 2018 in Ft. Pierre, SD.


Governor Announces SD Conservation Commission Appointments
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has appointed Gene Williams of Interior, Michael Konechne of White Lake and Thomas Glover of Burke to the State Conservation Commission.


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


Gary Allan and Sawyer Brown added to SD State Fair Grandstand Line Up
The South Dakota State Fair is proud to announce Gary Allan with Sawyer Brown will join the grandstand concert line up on Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018.


Volunteer Fire Assistance Grants Now Open
Grant applications for the Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) program will be accepted from March 12 to April 30, 2018.


2018 Wildfire Awareness Month Poster Coloring Contest
May is Wildfire Awareness Month in the State of South Dakota.


Value-Added Finance Authority Board Approves Beginning Farmer Bond Issues
The South Dakota Value Added Finance Authority (VAFA) board approved the issuance of two beginning farmer bonds at their regularly scheduled monthly meeting.


How to Prepare for Emerald Ash Borer
Emerald ash borer is coming.


Toby Keith Should’ve Been A Cowboy Tour Coming to the SD State Fair
The South Dakota State Fair and Legend Seeds are proud to announce that the Toby Keith Should’ve Been A Cowboy Tour XXV presented by Ford F-Series will be coming to the SD State Fair grandstand on Friday, Aug. 31, 2018.