Producers Invited to S.D. Specialty Producers 2023 Annual Meeting

Specialty Ag Producers Invited for Industry Updates and Education

The S.D. Specialty Producers Association (SDSPA) is hosting its Annual Membership Meeting Tues., March 21, 2023 from 9:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m. in Ft. Pierre, SD.  SDSPA is a statewide group that works to promote and support South Dakota’s specialty crop production and local foods industry.

Members as well as non-member producers, farmers market managers and vendors, chefs and retailers, value-added businesses, local foods enthusiasts, and agencies are encouraged to attend. The event is at Drifters Bar & Grill in Ft. Pierre.

This event will include a one-hour business meeting to provide participants with an overview of SDSPA’s projects and accomplishments from this past year. The morning will also include time for producers, consumers & local food supporters from across the state to network. 

Participants will get caught up on relevant policy & agency updates, and learn how to utilize available programs from state agencies. City Commons CSA, out of Detroit, MI, will share how they set up and run their multi-farm CSA. 

Visit Eventbrite for more details and to register. Attendees are asked to pay $20 at event check-in for their meal cost. Drifters Bar & Grill, a restaurant committed to including local ingredients in their meals, will provide lunch. 

Those present are encouraged to stay until 5:30 p.m. for the early sessions of the Upper Midwest Urban & Rural Ag Innovation Conference (UMURAI). Sessions will include Anthony Bly, SDSU Extension- Soil Sampling: How to complete and read the results; Serendipity Farmstead Growing tropical fruits in a geothermal greenhouse; branding; urban agriculture; and round table discussions. 

Those that intend to stay Tuesday evening through Wednesday for the entire UMURAI conference should register separately for the 2nd event on Eventbrite

If interested in SDSPA membership, complete the application here. Dues are $30 annually. Producers and local foods enthusiasts can stay up-to-date on relevant issues and educational opportunities by following SDSPA on Facebook or Instagram.

For more information on this event or membership contact Laura.