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Specialty Crop Sector in South Dakota Receives Grant Funding Support




For Immediate Release: October 29, 2018

Media Contact: Maggie Stensaas, 605.773.4073   



Specialty Crop Sector in South Dakota Receives Grant Funding Support


PIERRE, S.D. - The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) has awarded around $326,000 to eight specialty crop projects around the state. The funds come from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.


Specialty crops can include everything from fruits and veggies to honey and hops. This year’s projects include brewing freeze dried hops, incubator hub sites, year round production, mobile classrooms, marketing, education and increased sales of specialty crops.


Some of the specialty crops grown in South Dakota include hydroponic tomatoes, lettuce, grapes, fruits for juices, jellies and wines, confectionary sunflowers, honey, as well as lentils and chickpeas.


Grant recipients include:

  • South Dakota Specialty Producers from Yankton
  • Edmunds Central School District from Roscoe
  • Rebel Earth Farms from Martin
  • South Dakota State University from Rapid City
  • Dakota Hops, LLC from Spearfish
  • Southern Hills Economic Development Corporation from Hot Springs
  • South Dakota State University from Brookings
  • South Dakota State Fair, a Division of SDDA, from Huron


“We have a wide variety of projects this year that are impacting the specialty crop industry. We have mobile classrooms educating our youth about the importance of specialty crops, as well as projects focusing on educating our tribal communities about high tunnel production, food safety and handling. This is a very exciting year for the industry,” said SDDA grant and loan specialist, Kimberly Sturm.


Agriculture is a major contributor to South Dakota’s economy, generating $25.6 billion in annual economic activity and employing over 115,000 South Dakotans. The South Dakota Department of Agriculture's mission is to promote, protect and preserve this industry for today and tomorrow. Visit us online at http://sdda.sd.gov or find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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