South Dakota Specialty Producers Association (SDSPA)
SDSPA is a nonprofit comprised of a diverse, geographically dispered group of specialty producers in the state. SDSPA’s members are growers, processors, chefs, marketers, consumers, resource providers and others interested producing, marketing and consuming specialty crops and local products. The organization represents non-commodity products that include fruits and vegetables, specialty meats and grains, wine and beer, organic products, honey, agritourism businesses and more.
South Dakota Specialty Producers Association (SDSPA) provides education, promotion and connections for specialty foods and products.
In addition to promoting its member’s products SDSPA and history of efforts including:
- Developing cooperative marketing opportunities.
- Serving as a venue for networking and information gathering.
- Marketing agritourism.
- Promoting South Dakota product identity.
- Offering educational programs.
- Supporting research.
- Working with legislators and policymarkers.
- Partnering with other organizations on common goals.
SDSPA membership run from Jan. 1- Dec. 31 of each calendar year. Annual dues are $25, and membership must be renewed annually to maintain benefits and voting rights.
Member engagement is necessary to move efforts forward. The SDSPA committees and projects provide a wide range of options for participation. Members can notify the designated contact to participate or select committees during our annual membership enrollment period in January of each year.
SDSPA’s official stance on issues.
About Our Website
We’ve designed our site to be a hub of resources for specialty producers, as well as a means of showcasing our member’s products to the public. Whether you’re a producers, wholesale buyer or consumer, you’ll find lots of helpful information here.
Have an idea for us? We welcome your feedback (contact us here), and we look forward to serving you.
Tom Bodensteiner, Country Road Gardens, President
Peggy Martin, Cedar Creek Gardens, Vice-President
Charles Riggins, Riggins Homegrown Foods, Treasurer
Cindy Tolle, Evergreen Ranching and Livestock, Secretary
Rhoda Burrows, SDSU Extension Horticulture Specialist, Advisor
Barbara Cromwell, Black Hills Farmers Market Manager, Board Member
Anne Fennel, Professor, SDSU, Advisor
Angela Jackson, Producer, Prairiesun Organic Farm, Board Member
Jason Schoch, SDSU Extension Tribal Local Foods Associate, Advisor
Jeff Stewart, Producer, Stewart’s Aronia Acres, Board Member