The 2024 Upper Midwest Urban and Rural Ag Innovation Conference

Bringing together knowledgeable leaders to share latest trends, innovations, and best practices in soil health, specialty crops, and more!


The 2024 Upper Midwest Urban and Rural Agriculture Innovation (UMURAI) Conference is fast approaching! The conference dates are set for Thurs.-Fri., Feb. 8-9, 2024.

Join the S.D. Specialty Producers Association (SDSPA) and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) for a two day, multi-state conference focused on producer education and small production operations at Arrowwood Resort & Conference Center at Cedar Shore in Oacoma, SD.

The UMURAI Conference is a premier gathering of agricultural professionals, researchers, and enthusiasts from across the region. The conference brings together experts and knowledgeable leaders to discuss the latest trends, innovations, and best practices in soil health, specialty crop production, livestock management, and rural and urban agriculture. Choose from a selection of sessions to attend, led by industry professionals. 

Three tracks are held to help educate enthusiasts, producers, and farmers on innovative agriculture practices and resources. They include Urban Ag, Business Development, and Advanced Practices for Producers. 

Meals will be served both days and are included in ticket pricing.

Tickets, lodging information, and speaker list can all be found on Eventbrite

Register Here


Vendor Details: 

SDSPA welcomes vendors and sponsors for our upcoming UMURAI Conference. Your participation could help elevate our networking and business opportunities. Share your business, operation, or product at the event! 

Vendor / Exhibitor Admission grants you: 1 exhibitor booth, 1 full conference general admission (2 days with meals included), social media and printed logo promotions for your business. Please share any questions or interests you may have by emailing SDSPA.

There are only 20 vendor spots available, space is limited.  To secure your spot, please complete payment by selecting “Vendor / Exhibitor Admission” on our Eventbrite page

Sponsor and Vendor Information can be found here.


View the 2023 UMURAI conference videos and gallery photos here.  


More information about our partnership with NRCS: 

Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the South Dakota Specialty Producers Association (SDSPA) have formed a partnership to build the capacity of local partners’ knowledge to develop and implement effective strategies in supporting producers in the building of a sustainable local food system. The partnership will incorporate conservation and wise use and management of natural resources that are sustainable both for producers and the environment.