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South Dakota Beef Industry Council Invests in the Future of Agriculture





SOUTH DAKOTA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

NEWS RELEASE

 

 

For Immediate Release: September 21, 2015

State Fair Foundation Media Contact: Kathryn Henning, 605-553-4251

South Dakota Department of Agriculture Media Contact: Jody Heemstra 605-773-4073

 

 

South Dakota Beef Industry Council Invests in the Future of Agriculture


HURON, S.D. – The South Dakota State Fair Foundation has recently received an investment of $30,000 for permanent educational display space in the new Nordby Exhibit Hall on the South Dakota State Fairgrounds. This came from the South Dakota Beef Industry Council (SDBIC), the state’s beef check-off organization.  A check presentation was made during the State Fair in Huron.

 

"Agriculture is the number one industry in this state. The opportunity for the South Dakota Beef Industry Council to utilize the Nordby Exhibit Hall as an opportunity to educate consumers, young and old, about the benefits and value of beef in a healthful diet is outstanding," said Mary Ellen Cammack, SDBIC director.

 

“We are very excited to have the Beef Industry Council join the ranks of our donors.  We look forward to providing them the opportunity to share their story within the new exhibit hall,” stated Peggy Besch, State Fair manager.

 

The South Dakota Beef Industry Council joins five additional statewide agricultural organizations in providing substantial support for the new building, including the South Dakota Pork Producers Council, South Dakota Wheat, Inc., the South Dakota Corn Utilization Council, the South Dakota Farm Bureau and the South Dakota Farmers Union.  The South Dakota Beef Industry Council engages in opportunities for promotion, education, and research of beef and manages the beef checkoff investments of beef producers.

 

Over the past several months, the South Dakota State Fair Foundation has been carrying out a capital campaign for the exhibit hall, which will be a statewide home for South Dakota 4-H; something not currently available for 4-H members.  The building will be located on the site that once featured Clover Hall.

 

The exhibit hall’s construction began in late July 2015. When finished, the 48,000 square-foot Nordby Exhibit Hall for 4-H, Youth and Community will feature more than 30,000 square feet of exhibit space, multiple classrooms, a performance stage and a large kitchen for 4-H Special Foods competitions.  The building will host multiple 4-H activities and community and regional events year-round.

 

To date, the South Dakota State Fair Foundation has raised approximately $4.13 million of its $4.7 million goal.  Those interested in supporting the Capital Campaign are invited to contact the State Fair Foundation at 605-553-4251 or visit www.sdstatefairfoundation.com. For more information about the SD Beef Industry Council, visit www.sdbeef.org or find them on Facebook.

 

Agriculture is South Dakota's No. 1 industry, generating over $25.6 billion in annual economic activity and employing more than 115,000 South Dakotans. The South Dakota Department of Agriculture's mission is to promote, protect, preserve and improve this industry for today and tomorrow. Visit us online at http://sdda.sd.gov or find us on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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Attached photo (left to right): Erin Yost, State Fair Foundation Board Member and SDBIC board member l, Vea Bea Thomas and Mary Ellen Cammack, SDBIC board members.