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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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Producer Feature: Dakota Mushrooms & Microgreens

Producer Feature: Dakota Mushrooms & Microgreens

Producer Feature: Dakota Mushroom & Microgreens Dan Rislov of Dakota Mushrooms and Microgreens hosted a SDSPA tour on Sept. 8, 2018. This operation is not your typically farm setting. All production is housed in a warehouse in southern Sioux Falls where the mushrooms are grown in humidity

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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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Producer Feature: Srstka Hops Farm

Producer Feature: Srstka Hops Farm

Producer Feature: Srstka Hops Farm When asked why they grow hops, Joshua and Kelsey Srstka quickly replied, “Because it is the key ingredient to brewing a great BEER!” And that response is a key to understanding their goals which are to provide a constant quality South Dakota

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Upcoming Events

  1. Value Added Ag Day at the Fair

    August 29 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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    September 7 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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    September 13