Archive for the Education Category

Agroforesty, Egg & Vegetable Tours Aug. 17 on Pine Ridge

Agroforesty, Egg & Vegetable Tours Aug. 17 on Pine Ridge

The South Dakota Specialty Producers Association (SDSPA) has coordinated upcoming tours highlighting the specialty crop and local foods industry on Aug. 17, 2019. The first tour will feature the production area at Thunder Valley CDC, 290 Empowerment Drive, Porcupine, SD from 12:30-2:30 p.m. MDT. Thunder Valley CDC will provide lunch

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Nursery and Growing for Health Tours Aug. 9 in Custer

Nursery and Growing for Health Tours Aug. 9 in Custer

The South Dakota Specialty Producers Association (SDSPA) has coordinated upcoming tours highlighting ornamental plant production and the healthcare industry on Aug. 9, 2019. The first tour will feature nursery and ornamental production and greenhouse tomatoes at Dakota Greens, 25086 Shamrock Road, Custer SD, from 12:15-2:00 p.m. MDT. The

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Hydroponics and Grass Fed Beef Tours July 28 near Chamberlain

Hydroponics and Grass Fed Beef Tours July 28 near Chamberlain

The South Dakota Specialty Producers Association (SDSPA) has coordinated upcoming farm tours highlighting the specialty crop and local foods industry on July 28, 2019. The first tour will feature growing with hydroponics at Happy Hydros, 631 David Drive, Pukwana, SD, from 12:00-2:00 p.m. CDT. The second tour focuses

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Produce & Hops Farm Tours July 21 near Sioux Falls

Produce & Hops Farm Tours July 21 near Sioux Falls

The South Dakota Specialty Producers Association (SDSPA) has coordinated upcoming farm tours highlighting the specialty crop industry on July 21, 2019. The first tour will feature small-scale vegetable and microgreen production at Tillford Rye Farm, 25530 481st Ave., Garretson, SD, from 12:30-3:00 p.m. CDT. The second tour focuses

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VESTA- Wine Sensory Analysis Workshop May 15-16

VESTA- Wine Sensory Analysis Workshop May 15-16

**The rescheduled workshop date is May 15-16. This event was rescheduled from April 11-12 due to the blizzard. ** Viticulture Enology Science and Technology Alliance (VESTA) and South Dakota State University are hosting a Wine Sensory Analysis Workshop in cooperation with the SD Specialty Producers Association and

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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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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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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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Upcoming Events

  1. Value Added Ag Day at the Fair

    August 29 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  2. Geothermal Greenhouse & High Tunnel Tours

    September 7 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
  3. Organic Grains & Pumpkin Patch Agritourism Tours

    September 13