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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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Gourmet Mushrooms Available in the Black Hills

Gourmet Mushrooms Available in the Black Hills

Gourmet Mushrooms Available in the Black Hills Dakota Mushrooms in Sioux Falls used to be the only mushroom grower in South Dakota, but not anymore. As of summer 2019, two new producers are in the Black Hills: Alan Carner (Black Hills Mushrooms, Rapid City) and Jackson Young (Young Mushrooms, Spearfish).

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New SDSPA Board Member, Cindy Tolle

New SDSPA Board Member, Cindy Tolle

Producer Feature: Cindy Tolle & Evergreen Ranch & Livestock In June, 2019 SDSPA appointed Cindy Tolle to the Board of Directors. Cindy brings a wealth of expertise to the organization. Cindy has degrees in Biology & Chemistry, Microbial Ecology, and a PhD in Chemistry & Biochemistry. She

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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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Grape Tailgate Session June 25 in Yankton

Grape Tailgate Session June 25 in Yankton

Tailgate session at Lewis & Clark Vineyard near Yankton, SD focusing on trunk diseases and anything else vine-related that’s on your mind. June 25 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Lewis and Clark Vineyard: 31060 435th Ave. Yankton, SD Need directions or more info? Call Greg Stach

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June 1, 2019 SDSPA Update

June 1, 2019 SDSPA Update

SDSPA provides regular communications on current activities, news, events and trainings, new publications and grant opportunities. June 1 SDSPA Update

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Producer Feature: Schadé Vineyard and Winery

Producer Feature: Schadé Vineyard and Winery

Producer Feature: Schadé Vineyard and Winery Schadé Vineyard and Winery owners, Nancy and Jim Schade along with Dillon Ringling received a Value Added Producer Grant through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to develop a healthy juice utilizing Aronia berries from South Dakota growers. The idea

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Producer Feature: Ernst Farm

Producer Feature: Ernst Farm

Producer Feature: Ernst Farm Robert and Mary Ann Ernst are retired sheep and cattle ranchers living not far from the North Dakota border in Glenham, South Dakota. Mary Ann also worked more than twenty years as a registered nurse. They have three grown children (Joanne, Don, and

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VESTA Wine Sensory Analysis Workshop held in May

VESTA Wine Sensory Analysis Workshop held in May

Viticulture Enology Science and Technology Alliance (VESTA) and South Dakota State University hosted a Wine Sensory Analysis Workshop, with support from the SD Specialty Producers Association, on May 15-16th at Mitchell Technical Institute, Mitchell, SD. Topics included: Introduction to Tasting, White Wine Sensory Standards, Red Wine Sensory Standards, and Evaluating Palate Attributes:

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