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Specialty Crop Sector in South Dakota Receives Grant Funding Support
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture has awarded around $290,000 to six specialty crop projects around the state. The funds come from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.


Reflections from the Combine
Sometimes I find myself asking, “What did I get myself into?” The question usually comes at 2 AM when I’m dragging myself out of bed to check the cows who are ready to give birth or when the fall rains finally dissipate, the ground dries out and we can finally get into the field to harvest, only to find the combine just decided to break down.


Scholarship Prizes Available for Resource Conservation Speech Contest Winners
Contestants in the 2018 State Finals of the Resource Conservation Speech contest will be eligible to win college scholarships, totaling $2,300.


Another Tool to Enhance Water Quality
In South Dakota, we have a long legacy of working together to both produce food for the world and protect and enhance our natural resources, from the soil we use for crops and grass to the water we fish in, swim in and drink.


SDDA Recommends Obtaining Firewood from In-State Sources
Following confirmation of emerald ash borer near the state, the South Dakota Department of Agriculture is reminding residents and visitors to obtain firewood from in-state sources.


South Dakota Department of Agriculture Picks Hay Lottery Winners
This week the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) picked two South Dakota producers to receive hay donated through the tri-state hay lottery.


Day Sponsors Offer Special Activities at the SD State Fair
With the help of sponsors, the State Fair is able to offer special days at the 2017 South Dakota State Fair.


Youth Rodeo Action Planned for State Fair
The seventh annual South Dakota Timed Event Championship (SDTEC) sponsored in part by Panhandle Slim, Double D Western, Producers Hybrids and Iverson Featherlite will be held Saturday, Sept. 2, and Sunday, Sept. 3, in Huron at the South Dakota State Fair.


Ways to Save Money at the State Fair
The South Dakota State Fair offers several ways to save money during the fair.


Creative Pieces Wanted for the “Fair”Cycled Art Contest
Fairgoers can show off their creative side in the “Fair”Cycled Art Contest. Entries are currently being accepted for the “Fair”Cycled Art Contest at the 2017 South Dakota State Fair.


Exciting Things Are Happening at the South Dakota State Fairgrounds
Every year, it seems like summer flies by faster than the one before.

Car and Tractor Show planned for SD State Fair
The South Dakota State Fair invites participants to take place in the classic car show and antique tractor show sponsored by Stan’s Inc. on Saturday, Sept. 2 and Sunday, Sept. 3 during the State Fair.


Dicamba Survey Available on the South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Website
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) encourages producers that believe they may have experienced damage due to dicamba this year to complete a survey on the department’s website, www.sdda.sd.gov.


Heirloom Recipes Sought
Fairgoers will have the chance to enter a favorite family recipe in the Greater Midwest Foodways Heirloom Recipe Competition at the South Dakota State Fair in the Women’s Building on Sunday, Sept. 3.


SD State Fair to Host Chili Challenge and Pork Butt Battle
The South Dakota State Fair is seeking entries for the Jack’s Campers Chili Challenge and the Pork Butt Battle sponsored by Advanced BioEnergy and South Dakota Pork Producers.


Make Your Voice Heard at the SD State Fair
Local singers can make their voices heard this September at the Dakota Star Talent Competition sponsored by Dakotaland Federal Credit Union at the South Dakota State Fair.


Pay it Forward Day Planned
The South Dakota State Fair is making plans for the second annual Pay It Forward Day.


Deadline for South Dakota 100, 125 and 150 Year Farm & Ranch Recognition is Aug. 11
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 2017 South Dakota State Fair.