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Producer Feature: Belle Valley Ancient Grains

Producer Feature: Belle Valley Ancient Grains

In 2015, Brian Stambaugh was looking for some type of value-added crop. His family farms 200 acres near Newell on the Belle Fourche Irrigation project. He needed to rotate some alfalfa ground into something else and was trying to decide which conventional grain to grow. He realized

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Sensitive Site Registry

Sensitive Site Registry

DriftWatch® Specialty Crop Site and BeeCheck® Apiary Registry 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

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Producer Feature: Cedar Creek Gardens

Producer Feature: Cedar Creek Gardens

South Dakota Specialty Producers Association was pleased to announce the addition of Peggy Martin to our Board of Directors in 2018. She has brought a great deal of expertise to the table in the areas of production and technology applications through her business, Cedar Creek Gardens, south

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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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AgFest 2019

AgFest 2019

On Feb. 6 the South Dakota Specialty Producers Association (SDSPA) participated in AgFest, an event that showcases traditional and innovative approaches to agriculture. This annual event takes place in Pierre during the legislative session. This year SDSPA showcased Cedar Creek Gardens, operated by Peggy Martin and Bud

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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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