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Local Foods Partnership Event Rescheduled for April 5-6

Local Foods Partnership Event Rescheduled for April 5-6

The Annual S.D. Local Foods Partnership Meeting & Educational Sessions hosted by the S.D. Specialty Producers Association (SDSPA) are rescheduled for April 5 – 6, 2019 in Mitchell, SD. These statewide events work to promote and support the growing local foods movement. The meeting was postponed from

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Locally Sourced: Community Cultivating Change

Locally Sourced: Community Cultivating Change

Communities have the power to cultivate change. The proof is in a culinary dining experience held on November 29th in Custer with Chef Joseph Raney (Skogen Kitchen) who utilized 26 different local ingredients to create six courses each paired with a South Dakota wine. Mount Rushmore Brewing

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Local Foods Showcase Features Area Chefs & Producers

Local Foods Showcase Features Area Chefs & Producers

Delicious samples were served at the Local Foods Showcase Social Event featuring area chef & producer food pairings & drinks. This event was held Nov. 2 in Brookings, SD as part of the South Dakota Local Foods Conference, an annual conference with educational sessions, vendors, networking opportunities

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Conference Creates Experiences to Enhance South Dakota Local Food Industry

Conference Creates Experiences to Enhance South Dakota Local Food Industry

The S.D. Local Foods Conference (SDLFC), held Nov. 1-3 in Brookings, SD, provided educational sessions and experiences that benefited producers, chefs, consumers, resource providers and other local food enthusiasts. Those involved in the industry came together for the annual conference to learn, network, and celebrate South Dakota

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Agritourism Featured at Cherry Rock Farms Tour

Agritourism Featured at Cherry Rock Farms Tour

The Agritourism tour at Cherry Rock Farms highlighted fall entertainment that can be offered at a farm destination. Approximately 30 people, including families and children, attended the tou. Cherry Rock Farms has been family owned and operated since 1925. Laura and Marco Patzer are now the 4th

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Value Added Ag Day 2018 Features Specialty Producers

Value Added Ag Day 2018 Features Specialty Producers

Value Added Agriculture Center Day was held Aug. 30 at the South Dakota State Fair in Huron, SD. This event, hosted by the Value Added Agriculture Development Center (VAADC) provided an opportunity for producers of specialty and niche foods to showcase their products to over 500 fair

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Goat Producers Attend 1st Annual Production Workshop

Goat Producers Attend 1st Annual Production Workshop

South Dakota’s 1st annual Meat and Dairy Goat Workshop was held in Brookings in July. Eighty-three participants from South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, Nebraska and Iowa attended the event featuring industry expert presentations and hands-on training. The Value Added Agriculture Development Center (VAADC) along with collaborators South Dakota Specialty

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Local Foods Fair Held in Sioux Falls

Local Foods Fair Held in Sioux Falls

Fresh local foods & locally-fermented beverages were sampled by over 500 participants while bluegrass music from the Hard Travelin’ band and delicious aromas wafted through the Local Foods Fair recently in Sioux Falls. Centered around the historic Stockyards Ag Experience Barn in Falls Park, the July 25th

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New Sensitive Site Registry Available for Producers

New Sensitive Site Registry Available for Producers

DriftWatch and BeeCheck are new on-line sensitive site registry programs for South Dakota available through FieldWatch. This national registry is a voluntary communication tool that enables crop producers, beekeepers, and pesticide applicators to work together to protect specialty crops and apiaries through use of mapping programs. This

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SD Local Foods Coalition Re-Energizes Efforts

SD Local Foods Coalition Re-Energizes Efforts

SD Local Foods Coalition Re-Energizes Efforts On March 1 –2 in Oacoma at the Arrowwood Resort, producers and agency representatives met to collaborate and re-energize efforts to grow the local foods system in the state where all stakeholders are heard and solutions are developed. These efforts were

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