Dec 03, 2013Growing in Agriculture: Taking Inventory and Making a Plan
Another South Dakota autumn is drawing to an end with farmers and ranchers taking inventory of the year’s harvest. Agriculture folks know that sometimes fall brings an abundant harvest—and other times that crop of calves or corn comes short of our goals.
Nov 26, 2013South Dakota Oilseeds Council Reorganizes
PIERRE, S.D.- Lance Hourigan from the Lemmon area and Shannon DePoy from the Lantry area have been appointed to the South Dakota Oilseeds Council by South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture Lucas Lentsch.
Nov 25, 2013State Fairgrounds’ Clover Hall is Demolished to Make Way for New Exhibit Hall
HURON, S.D. – Clover Hall, the largest non-animal building on the South Dakota State Fairgrounds, is currently in the process of being demolished.
Nov 14, 2013SD Ag Dept. & SDSU to Host Beginning Farmer & Rancher Symposium
PIERRE, S.D.-For the second year, the Beginning Farmer & Rancher Symposium, hosted by the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) and South Dakota State University (SDSU) will be held on the SDSU Campus.
Nov 13, 2013Black Hills Forest Landowners Reporting Sprayed Trees Lost To Mountain Pine Beetles
PIERRE, S.D. – Landowners who had their pine trees sprayed this year to protect them from mountain pine beetle may be finding small masses of pitch along the trunks of these trees-evidence of a successful attack.
Nov 12, 2013Beef Genetics Trade Mission to Russia a Success
PIERRE, S.D. – As follow-up to an October 2012 trip, the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) partnered with the Montana and Kansas Departments of Agriculture to send a delegation focusing on beef genetics to the Russian Federation on Oct. 23– Nov. 2.
Nov 06, 2013Bridging the Gap – Dept. of Ag Program Takes Off
PIERRE, S.D.- The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s (SDDA) Bridge Loan program is available for U.S. Department of Agriculture approved borrowers.
Nov 01, 2013Dept. of Ag Accepting Applications for Donated 2012 CRP Mid-Term Management Hay
PIERRE, S.D. — The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) is accepting applications for approximately 580 donated 2012 CRP mid-term management hay bales.Ag Mediators and Finance Counselors Wanted
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) Mediation Program is seeking individuals interested in contracting with the state for mediation services.
Oct 31, 2013SD Dept. of Ag Encourages Producers in Need of Help to Reach Out
PIERRE, S.D. – Resources and information about possible federal government compensation are available to help livestock producers remove cattle carcasses left after the early October blizzard.
Oct 28, 2013Fire Hazard and Fuels Mitigation Cost-Share Program
RAPID CITY, S.D. - The South Dakota Wildland Fire (SDWF) division is reminding landowners that the 50% Cost Share Fire Hazard and Fuels Reduction Program is available for eligible participants to lower the risk of catastrophic fire.
Oct 21, 2013Farm Transition and Tax-Exempt Bond Financing
PIERRE, S.D.- The Beginning Farmer Bond program through the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) is available for eligible beginning farmers to purchase agricultural land at lower interest rates.Growing in Agriculture-The Blizzard and Lessons Learned
Life and death are intertwined with animal agriculture. It’s a harsh reality, but as the old saying goes, “those who do not lose any livestock are the ones who do not have any livestock.”
Oct 18, 2013South Dakota Local Foods Conference Slated for Rapid City
PIERRE, S.D. – Registration is open for the South Dakota Local Foods Conference in Rapid City on Nov. 15-16. Registration for both days of the conference is $65. Single day registration is $35 per day.
Oct 17, 2013Tree Maintenance and Recovery from the Recent Storm Damage
PIERRE, S.D. – The SD Dept. of Ag and SD Cooperative Extension Service will sponsor two free workshops on tree maintenance and recovery from the recent storm.
Oct 11, 2013SDDA Breaks Ground On New West Side Office
RAPID CITY, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Agriculture will commemorate the ground breaking of the West Side Office on Tuesday, Oct. 15. in Rapid City.SD Wildland Fire Personnel Assist with Winter Storm Atlas Clean-Up
RAPID CITY, S.D. - As Western South Dakota continues to recover from the backlash of Winter Storm Atlas, South Dakota Wildland Fire Division has been aiding in clean-up efforts.Western SD Blizzard Relief Help Line Available For Assistance or To Volunteer
PIERRE, S.D. – Those affected by the western South Dakota blizzard and those willing to volunteer for relief efforts should call 2-1-1 or 877.708.4357.
Oct 10, 2013Help Line Available To Producers And Others Affected By Western S.D. Snow Storm
PIERRE, S.D. - Anyone impacted by the recent western South Dakota snow storm can call
2-1-1 or 877.708.4357 for any storm-related concerns.
Oct 09, 2013Burn Permits for the Black Hills Forest Fire Protection District are Now Available
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Burn permits are now being issued for the Black Hills Forest Fire Protection District. Weather conditions are being monitored daily to allow for burn permit availability.LIVESTOCK CARCASS REMOVAL
PIERRE, S.D. – Last week’s winter storm has caused considerable death loss of livestock in western South Dakota. The SD Animal Industry Board (SDAIB), in partnership with the SD Office of Emergency Management, has contracted with a rendering service to begin clearing carcasses from state highways, ditches and right-of-ways.
Oct 08, 2013SD Ag Dept. Reminds Producers to Document Livestock Losses
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) reminds producers who have lost livestock during the recent blizzard to document losses. Proper documentation is critical to ensure processing of potential claims.
Sep 30, 2013State Fair Attendance Numbers Much Better Than Expected
HURON, S.D. – Despite the heat wave that affected the first three days of the State Fair, attendance numbers for this year reached the third highest ever. , Total gate attendance was 183,005, down only five percent from last year’s record and much better than expected.
Sep 20, 2013South Dakota State Fair Scholarship Pageant Awardees
HURON, S.D. - Jade Possail of Tyler, Minn. was awarded the title Miss South Dakota State Fair on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013 during the State Fair in Huron.
Sep 19, 2013Gary Sharp Appointed to SD State Fair Commission
PIERRE, S.D. – Gary Sharp of Bath, South Dakota was appointed to the South Dakota State Fair Commission by Gov. Dennis Daugaard on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013.2013 South Dakota Timed Event Youth Rodeo Championship Results
HURON, S.D. – The South Dakota Timed Event Youth Rodeo Championships were held Saturday, Aug. 31, and Sunday, Sept. 1, at the South Dakota State Fair.
Sep 18, 2013Food Manufacturers Can Prepare for Export Success
PIERRE, S.D. – The public is invited to join the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) at 8 a.m. CDT on Tuesday, Oct. 8, at the Ramkota Hotel/Watertown Events Center in Watertown for a “Prepare for Export Success Seminar.”