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South Dakota Farm Bureau Donation Brings Improvements to Emergency Response Efforts in Brown County

8/18/2017

Brown County will see improvements in Emergency Response equipment and training thanks to $10,000 of funding made possible by the South Dakota Farm Bureau Centennial Community Initiative.

Celebrating 100 Years in a Seriously Twisted Fun Fashion at the South Dakota State Fair

8/17/2017

Parades, retro games, great entertainment and free ice cold water are just a few of the ways South Dakota Farm Bureau will be celebrating 100 years of the organization all week along Farm Bureau Avenue at the 2017 South Dakota State Fair.

Congressional Leaders will Discuss Next Farm Bill at Dakotafest

8/14/2017

South Dakota Farm Bureau will be hosting a Farm Bureau Forum on Wednesday, Aug. 16 at 10:30 a.m. CDT in the Reaves Building at Dakotafest in Mitchell

Family Night at the Park Celebrates Improvements to Lake Carthage Made Possible by South Dakota Farm Bureau Centennial Community Initiative

8/14/2017

Family Night at the Park was held at Lake Carthage to celebrate the opening of a new handicap accessible / family friendly fishing pier. The new pier was made possible thanks to funding from the South Dakota Farm Bureau Centennial Community Initiative.

South Dakota Farm Bureau Bringing New Events to Dakotafest

8/9/2017

South Dakota Farm Bureau (SDFB) will be offering new “Lunch and Learn” sessions at Dakotafest in their hoop building and tent located in lot #445 on the east end of 4th Street at Dakotafest on the Schlaffman Farm in Mitchell, S.D.

All About Agriculture Program a Reality Thanks to South Dakota Farm Bureau

8/7/2017

Grant County 4-H youth are now able to participate in a new program titled All About Agriculture thanks to donations from the South Dakota Farm Bureau Centennial Community Initiative grant.

Youth to Benefit from South Dakota Farm Bureau Grant

8/3/2017

Young people in the Prairie Winds 4-H Program are receiving new educational kits as well as adding facility improvements thanks to donations from the South Dakota Farm Bureau Centennial Community Initiative grant.

Perkins County to Celebrate New Concession Stand / Rest Rooms

8/2/2017

A new concession stand and handicap accessible restrooms have been built on the Perkins County Fairgrounds thanks to donations from the South Dakota Farm Bureau Centennial Community Initiative grant.

Youth programs in Aurora and Union County benefit thanks  to South Dakota Farm Bureau

7/29/2017

Two South Dakota communities celebrated improvements to their fairgrounds thanks to donations from the South Dakota Farm Bureau Centennial Community Initiative grant.

Turner County Fair to unveil new building for this year's event

7/24/2017

How does the oldest county fair in South Dakota keep growing and expanding? Community commitment and support is behind the latest addition to the Turner County Fair in Parker, S.D., where a new commercial building is being constructed to keep pace with growing demand from those who want to interact with over 80,000 attendees who take in the annual event.

South Dakota Farm Bureau Applauds USDA's Decision to Open More Land for Emergency Haying and Grazing

7/20/2017

South Dakota Farm Bureau announced their support to today’s move by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to make more land available for emergency haying and grazing.

Student Athletes to Benefit from Shot Clocks

7/18/2017

Student athletes in four South Dakota school districts will benefit from improvements to their basketball courts, thanks to funds from the South Dakota Farm Bureau Centennial Community Initiative.

Farms and Ranches Need Tax Relief Now, SDFB President Tells Congress

7/14/2017

Farm and ranch families need a permanent tax code that boosts the agricultural economy and frees them to reinvest in their businesses, South Dakota Farm Bureau President Scott VanderWal, told the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Tax Policy on Thursday.

North Central South Dakota to Benefit from South Dakota Farm Bureau Centennial Community Initiative

7/10/2017

A north central South Dakota community will celebrate improvements to provide more housing to the community of Herreid on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. A refurbished 8 plex on Main Street in Herreid is possible thanks to the South Dakota Farm Bureau Centennial Community Initiative.

South Dakota Farm Bureau Supports Sen. Thune Request to USDA

6/27/2017

South Dakota Farm Bureau applauds U.S. Sen. John Thune’s (R-S.D) letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue requesting the reversal of a USDA requirement that forces farmers and ranchers to destroy useable hay that would soon be harvested according to a CRP mid-contract management practice.

Roberts County 4-H Horse Project Recognized by South Dakota Farm Bureau Centennial Community Initiative

6/26/2017

Roberts County 4-H Members will celebrate improvements to benefit the counties Horse Program on Wednesday, June 28 at 10 a.m. during the Roberts County 4-H Horse Show at the Arena in Sisseton, S.D. The purchase of a new sound system and educational safety equipment is the result of the South Dakota Farm Bureau Centennial Community Initiative.

Sanborn County 4-H Fairground Improvements Made Possible by South Dakota Farm Bureau Centennial Community Initiative

6/22/2017

Sanborn County 4-H Members will celebrate improvements made at their fairgrounds on Monday, June 26 at Noon during the Sanborn County 4-H Horse Show at the fairgrounds in Forestburg, S.D. A newly built crows nest is the featured improvement, which is among the list of statewide projects funded through the South Dakota Farm Bureau Centennial Community Initiative.

New Archery Range to be Unveiled in Wall

6/12/2017

An archery shoot-out will take place on Friday, June 16 at 1:30 p.m. to celebrate the first phase of the new Wall Archery Range located in Wall, S.D.

Rescued Baby Calf Photo Wins Annual Photo Contest

6/8/2017

Winners have been announced for the annual South Dakota Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers photo contest. “Telling Your Ag Story” was the theme for the annual photo contest, which awards cash prizes to winners and the opportunity for winning photos to be published in Tri-State Livestock News Ag Pride Edition, as well as utilized in South Dakota Farm Bureau promotional material.

New Cattle Breeding Program Coming to McCrossan Boys Ranch

6/6/2017

Project Made Possible by South Dakota Farm Bureau Centennial Community Initiative Ten beef cattle will be donated this week to McCrossan Boys Ranch as part of a new Cattle Breeding Program the Ranch is initiating. An event to celebrate “the cows coming home” will be held at McCrossan Boys Ranch west of Sioux Falls on Thursday, June 8 at 4 p.m.

New Opportunities Ahead for United States Meat Exports

5/31/2017

Increased trade and marketing opportunities for exporting U.S. meat was the message attendees heard at the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) spring conference held recently in Arlington, VA.

Nonmeandered Waters Focus of South Dakota Farm Bureau Radio Show

5/22/2017

A special interim committee in South Dakota studying nonmeandered waters will be the subject of the South Dakota Farm Bureau (SDFB) Town and Country Radio show airing on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 10 a.m. on KELO radio.

South Dakota Farm Bureau Supportive of Perdue Plan to Focus on Trade

5/11/2017

South Dakota Farm Bureau (SDFB) announced their support for a plan announced today by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to create a new undersecretary position focusing on trade and foreign agricultural affairs in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

A Final Act of Kindness

5/1/2017

Putting others first was the philosophy of South Dakota Farm Bureau member Jane Gebhart of Meadow, S.D. Two days before Gebhart passed away following a brief illness, she spent her time assembling welcome bags with her grandchildren that were donated to help women and children at a shelter in Spearfish, S.D.

Secretary Perdue Will Serve as a Strong Voice for America's Agriculture Industry

4/25/2017

The confirmation of Sonny Perdue to the position of Secretary of Agriculture is drawing loud support from South Dakota Farm Bureau. SDFB President Scott VanderWal, who also serves as Vice President for the American Farm Bureau says with Perdue’s confirmation, action for agriculture in the new Administration can now begin.

Biotechnology in Food Production:  Friend or Foe?

4/10/2017

Biotechnology in food production is the focus of a presentation featuring Julie Borlaug on April 12 at 7 p.m. on the South Dakota State University Campus in Brookings.

Agriculture in German focus of Study Trip

4/6/2017

Three South Dakota Farm Bureau (SDFB) members recently had the opportunity to learn about agriculture in Germany first-hand through a study trip sponsored in part by SDFB.

South Dakota Farm Bureau Kicks Off Ag Week at the Ronald McDonald House

3/20/2017

Farm and ranch families of South Dakota Farm Bureau kicked off Ag Week as they donated close to $1,500 worth of groceries to the Ronald McDonald House in Sioux Falls.

South Dakota Gives Back

3/13/2017

Relief is on the way to farmers and ranchers who have suffered losses following devastating fires in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Colorado. Beresford, S.D. farmer Jed Olbertson, in cooperation with South Dakota Farm Bureau, is coordinating donations of hay and financial support that will be shared with those in need.

Century Farm Program to Expand in 2017

3/2/2017

South Dakota farms and ranches that have been in the same family for 150 years will be recognized for the first time this year as Sesquicentennial Farms during the Century Farm celebration at the South Dakota State Fair in Huron, August 31, 2017.

Farm Bureau Focusing on Engagement

2/15/2017

Farm Bureau members from across the country were challenged to get more involved in policy decisions that impact farming and ranching at the annual FUSION conference held recently in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Centennial Celebration of South Dakota Farm Bureau Recognized by Governor Dennis Daugaard

2/8/2017

South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard today issued an Executive Proclamation honoring 2017 as the Centennial Celebration of South Dakota Farm Bureau.

Financial Planning Session Coming

2/3/2017

Farmers and ranchers interested in learning more about financial planning for their operation will want to attend "It's All About the Numbers" on Tuesday, February 7 at 10 a.m. at the Watertown Farm Show.

South Dakota Farm Organization Supports Supreme Court Nominee

2/1/2017

South Dakota Farm Bureau announced their support for President Donald Trump’s nomination of federal appeals judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.

Come Visit South Dakota Farm Bureau at Black Hills Stock Show

1/26/2017

South Dakota Farm Bureau will have a strong presence at the Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo (BHSS) taking place at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center and Central States Fairgrounds Jan. 27 – Feb. 4 in Rapid City.

South Dakota Farm Bureau Leadership Hopeful for Next Step in International Trade Discussion

1/24/2017

South Dakota Farm Bureau wants the new administration to take another look at international trade opportunities such as the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP).

SDFB Josh Geigle Presents at American Farm Bureau Convention

1/23/2017

South Dakota Farm Bureau member Josh Geigle was part of a panel discussion at the 2017 American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Annual Convention held recently in Phoenix, Arizona.

Perdue Named Nominee for Ag Secretary

1/19/2017

President-elect Donald Trump has nominated former Georgia governor Sonny Perdue as his choice for Secretary of Agriculture. This nomination is the final selection for the new Trump administration.

Nomination Hearings Begin for Nominee Scott Pruitt

1/18/2017

Nomination hearings are being held on Wednesday for Scott Pruitt as administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Pruitt, is the latest member of President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet nominees to face formal Senate hearings.

Applications Being Accepted for South Dakota Farm Bureau Scholarship

1/16/2017

The South Dakota Farm Bureau (SDFB) announced today that applications are now being accepted for scholarships for college-bound high school as well as current college and continuing students.

American Farm Bureau Delegates Send Message to Capitol Hill

1/16/2017

American Farm Bureau delegates sent an urgent message to lawmakers on Capitol Hill last week regarding how important regulatory reform is for agriculture and rural America. South Dakota Farm Bureau members were among 5,000 Farm Bureau members representing all 50 states and Puerto Rico at the American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Meeting held January 7-11, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona.

Applications Available for South Dakota Farm Bureau Centennial Community Initiative

1/16/2017

Applications are now being accepted for the South Dakota Farm Bureau (SDFB) Federation Centennial Community Initiative grant. SDFB will be reinvesting $100,000 in local communities for community improvement projects in 2017 as part of the organization’s centennial year.

Providing the Tools for Success

1/11/2017

Young people involved in agriculture are invited to participate in the South Dakota Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF& R) Winter Conference, January 20-21, 2017 at the Hilton Garden Inn, Sioux Falls, S.D.

South Dakota Farm Bureau Supports Rep. Noem Legislation

1/5/2017

South Dakota Rep. Kristi Noem (R-SD) is taking the lead in curbing rising health insurance costs thanks to introducing legislation to repeal the Health Insurance Tax (HIT).

South Dakota Farm Bureau Honors Members at Annual Convention

12/19/2016

South Dakota Farm Bureau honored several SDFB members with award during its recent Annual Convention.

Young Farmers & Ranchers Winter Conference to be Held

11/30/2016

Young people in agriculture are invited to attend the annual South Dakota Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers Winter Conference, January 20-21, 2017 at the Hilton Garden Inn, Sioux Falls, S.D.

Year End Financial Training Coming to Watertown

11/28/2016

The Codington / Hamlin Farm Bureau will be presenting a year-end financial training on December 7, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. at the Watertown Pizza Ranch. The event is free and open to area Farm Bureau members.

South Dakota Farm Bureau Kicks off Centennial Celebration by Giving Back to Area Communities

11/22/2016

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.

Kailey's Pig "Tales" Named Accurate Ag Book for 2017

11/22/2016

The South Dakota Farm Bureau’s Women Leadership Team (WLT) announced their Accurate Ag Book for the coming year at the 2016 SDFB Annual Convention. The book that was selected is written by Dan Yunk, former CEO of the Kansas Farm Bureau and is titled Kailey's Pig 'Tales’.

TransAtlantic Discussion to be Held on Future of Family Farms

11/15/2016

South Dakota Farm Bureau will be participating in a TransAtlantic Dialogue on the Future of Family Farms. The discussion will take place on December 8, 2016 from 12-5:30 p.m. at the Stoney Creek Inn in Sioux City, Iowa. The discussion is part of ongoing TransAtlantic Dialogue with the German-American Chamber of Commerce - Midwest and is free and open to the public.

South Dakota Farm Bureau to Kickoff Centennial year with announcement of theme and statewide Initiative

11/15/2016

South Dakota Farm Bureau will begin a yearlong celebration of its 2017 Centennial year. To commemorate the event, the organization will announce plans to reinvest in South Dakota communities during its 99th Convention at the Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn in Rapid City.

South Dakota Farm Bureau statement on S.D. election results

11/9/2016

South Dakota Farm Bureau congratulates Sen. John Thune and Rep. Kristi Noem on their successful re-election to represent South Dakotans in Washington, D.C. The overwhelming voting majority emphasized their support for the dedication and results Thune and Noem deliver on behalf of the state.

South Dakota Farm Bureau Supportive of SDSU President's Role on new EPA Committee

11/1/2016

South Dakota State University President Barry H. Dunn was recently named to serve on the Environmental Protection Agency's newly formed Agriculture Science Committee. Dunn's selection to the new 20-member committee was elevated and supported by the South Dakota Farm Bureau (SDFB) and American Farm Bureau Federations (AFBF).

Policy Development on Tap for South Dakota Farm Bureau Annual Convention

10/26/2016

South Dakota Farm Bureau Federation will be holding it's 99th Annual Convention Nov. 18-19, 2016, at the Holiday Inn Rushmore Plaza, in Rapid City.

Geigle Awarded John J McCloy Fellowship

10/19/2016

Josh Geigle, Pennington County Farm Bureau President, has been awarded the John J. McCloy Fellowship through the American Farm Bureau Federation.

South Dakota Young Farmers and Ranchers Visit Washington DC

10/13/2016

Eight members of the South Dakota Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) team returned recently from a trip to our nation's capital. The trip included visits and briefings with the South Dakota congressional delegation, the American Farm Bureau Federation offices, USDA office as well as tours around D.C.

South Dakota Farm Bureau's 99th Annual Convention

10/7/2016

Registration and Agenda Information for the SDFB 99th Annual Convention

South Dakota Farm Bureau to Recognize Outstanding Member

10/5/2016

South Dakota Farm Bureau is accepting nominations for the Anne Hunter award. The award is given each year to one or more South Dakota Farm Bureau members at the South Dakota Farm Bureau Annual meeting. The 2016 meeting will take place November 18 & 19 in Rapid City, SD.

South Dakota Farm Bureau Pushing for Support of Trans Pacific Partnership

9/27/2016

A day after trade issues were discussed at the first 2016 Presidential debate, officials from South Dakota Farm Bureau are continuing their support for the Trans-Pacific Partnershi (TPP).

South Dakota Farm & Ranch Families Honored for a Century or More on the Land

9/9/2016

More than 80 farm and ranch families who have owned their land for a century or more were honored at the 2016 South Dakota State Fair, receiving a Century Farm or Quasquicentennial Farm award from the South Dakota Farm Bureau (SDFB) and the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA).

USDA grant awarded to establish an agriculture wetland mitigation bank in South Dakota

8/19/2016

South Dakota Farm Bureau awarded a US Department of Agriculture grant of nearly $1 million to establish an agriculture wetland mitigation bank in South Dakota.

Wetland Mitigation Banking Focus of Forum at Dakotafest

8/12/2016

South Dakota Farm Bureau presenting Wetland Mitigation Forum at Dakotafest, Wednesday, August 17 at 1:30 p.m., in the Reaves Technology and Innovation Building

American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall to Attend Dakotafest

8/9/2016

AFBF President, Zippy Duvall will join SDFB at the 2016 Dakotafest farm show August 16-18 at the Schlaffman Farm near Mitchell, SD.

Deadline for South Dakota 100 and 125 Year Farm & Ranch Recognition Coming Up Fast

7/29/2016

Deadline for submitting SD 100 and 125 Farm & Ranch Recognition at SD State Fair is August 11, 2016.

"Chalk it up to Ag" at the SD State Fair

7/22/2016

SD Farm Bureau has teamed with SD State Fair to offer an interactive chalk art contest with an agricultural theme during the 2016 SD State Fair.

Sen. Thune is honored with "Golden Plow" award from American Farm Bureau

7/21/2016

Sen. John Thune awarded "Golden Plow" award from AFBF, which is the highest recognition the organization grants members of Congress.

Farm Bureau Cares Trailer is used to serve volunteers harvesting for injured farmer

7/19/2016

Haakon County Farm Bureau and SDFB Young Farmers & Ranchers used the Farm Bureau Cares Trailer to grill burgers and brats for volunteers that came together to help a farmer bring in his wheat harvest when he could not do it himself due to serious burns he suffered helping put out a fire on a neighbors farm.

Noem, Cramer, Peterson Introduce Legislation to Address Wetland Determination Backlog

6/29/2016

Representatives Kristi Noem (R-SD), Kevin Cramer (R-ND0, and Collin Peterson (D-MN) introduced the bipartisan Wetland Determinations Efficiency and Transparency Act. This legislation aims to address the backlog of wetland determinations and enact permanent reforms that make the determination process more efficient, accountable, and transparent.

SDSU Extension Accepting Applications for beefSD

6/1/2016

SD Farm Bureau partners with SDSU Extension to accept applications for beefSD Class 3

Communicate for agriculture as SDFB's Marketing Communications Director

5/4/2016

South Dakota Farm Bureau is looking to fill a Marketing Communications Director position.

SDFB seeks to fill Regional Farm Bureau Manager position

5/3/2016

Job Opportunity posting for SDFB Regional Manager position

South Dakota Farm Bureau hosts Milbank meeting focused on progressive agriculture

5/2/2016

Grant-Deuel County Farm Bureau host a meeting in Milbank, SD for progressive agriculture producers.

Farm Bureau Donation Stocks Kitchens at Sioux Falls Ronald McDonald Houses

4/7/2016

South Dakota Farm Bureau farmers & ranchers delivered $1300 worth of groceries to the Ronald McDonald House in Sioux Falls.

West River Reporting Favorable Weather, Low Disease Pressure for Calving

4/1/2016

West River calving reports are coming in positive due to overall favorable weather and no "non-typical" disease reports.

South Dakota Farm Bureau Unveils New Website

4/1/2016

SD Farm Bureau unveils a new look to its website.

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