South Dakota Farm Bureau (SDFB) kicked off their centennial celebration last weekend in Rapid City and announced it will be reinvesting $100,000 in local communities during their centennial year in 2017.

 “We are excited to be using our centennial year as an opportunity to give back to our local communities,” said Krystil Smit, SDFB Executive Director. “We will be working with county Farm Bureaus across the state to identify projects that make a difference, have high visibility and reflect our organization’s mission and vision.”

SDFB will be taking applications for grants up to $5,000 per county. County Farm Bureaus are encouraged to provide some level of matching award dollars for each application. Award dollars will be dispersed during the SDFB Centennial year and projects will be showcased in November at the centennial celebration November 17 & 18, 2017 in Sioux Falls.

“During this Thanksgiving season South Dakota Farm Bureau recognizes the value of giving back to our members and their communities throughout South Dakota.” Smit said. “We are proud to show that appreciation through this Centennial Initiative in 2017 and help strengthen the communities that have made us what we are today.”

The initiative will be kicked off in January 2017. For additional details prior to the kick-off contact SDFB at 605-353-8052.

Since 1917 South Dakota Farm Bureau has provided grassroots involvement to more than 16,000 farm, ranch and rural families establishing themselves as the trusted leader in agriculture.