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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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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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SDSPA Attends AgFest in Pierre

SDSPA Attends AgFest in Pierre

SDSPA featured Belle Valley Ancient Grains of Newell, SD at Ag Fest in Pierre on January 24th. Owners and SDSPA members Brian & Linda Stambaugh shared their story during the event and provided samples of delicious home-baked Red Fife breads.   AgFest is an annual event sponsored

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South Dakota Agritourism Work Group

South Dakota Agritourism Work Group

With the growing interest and demand for experiential travel and authentic vacation experiences, the South Dakota Department of Tourism is putting an emphasis on agritourism as a result of its new strategic plan. The department hopes to not only promote existing offerings, but also work with partners

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High School Students Learn About Meat Goats

High School Students Learn About Meat Goats

SDSPA members Tom Barnes, of Pleasant Valley Farm in near Custer, and Chef MJ Adams, Food Consultant in Rapid City, provided an introduction to meat goats presentation to 46 Douglas High School students in Box Elder on Jan 12. Barnes presented ‘Grazing Goats and the Nutritional Value

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Value Added Ag Day 2017

Value Added Ag Day 2017

Value Added Ag Day was held August 31 at the State Fair in Huron, SD. Many thanks to Cheri Rath and SD Value Added Agriculture Development Center intern Charlie Stephenson, and the SDVAADC Board, for inviting SDSPA producers to showcase their products. Сheri was able to guide

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