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Kids exhibit top livestock at Summer Spotlight

Kids exhibit top livestock at Summer Spotlight

More than 500 kids exhibited more than 1,200 animals at the South Dakota Summer Spotlight July 20-23 in Huron.

August 09, 2017 2:30 pm(0)
Horse enthusiasts all smiles for fairground improvements

Horse enthusiasts all smiles for fairground improvements

In time for county achievement days and summer horse shows, a handful of fairgrounds and other facilities around the state are getting an upgrade.

July 20, 2017 1:37 pm Photos

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Simmental show draws hundreds to Huron

Simmental show draws hundreds to Huron

Every summer evening, sister and brother Tessa and Drew Julson walk their Simmental show cattle to the corral behind their Garretson, South Dakota, home.

June 23, 2017 8:30 am Photos

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Ketterling named Star Farmer, ND State FFA President

Ketterling named Star Farmer, ND State FFA President

WISHEK, N.D. – Cole Ketterling was going to be a FFA member – his older brother and sister told him so as he grew up. Six years later with 20-plus gold pins on his navy blue jacket, the Wishek native has gone full circle in his FFA career.

June 19, 2017 9:07 am(0)

Youth beef team can get training at BeefMeets

The Iowa Cattlemen's Association's BeefMeets this summer are providing an opportunity for not only cattle producers to learn and interact, but also an event for Iowa’s youth in the cattle industry.

June 02, 2017 8:44 am(0)
4-H helped launch South Dakota rancher to NASA

4-H helped launch South Dakota rancher to NASA

Ten-year-old Travis Davis spent days building a wooden bookshelf to exhibit at the local 4-H Achievement Days. When it was nearly finished, he realized that he'd made a big mistake.

May 29, 2017 2:00 pm(0)
South Dakota students get cooking with beef

South Dakota students get cooking with beef

Part of promoting South Dakota’s beef industry is getting beef on the plates at more dinner tables, and the South Dakota Beef Industry Council has several programs aimed at giving cooks new ideas to do that.

May 03, 2017 3:38 pm Photos

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FFA state officer team prepares to pass the gavel

FFA state officer team prepares to pass the gavel

For the past year, a group of six college freshmen have been leading activities for members of South Dakota’s 84 FFA chapters, and now the group is busy preparing for their final event as officers, the state FFA convention April 23-25 in Brookings.

April 20, 2017 11:45 am(0)

4-H offers leader training statewide

Local 4-H leaders and volunteers are invited to attend quarterly Leader Training 7-9 p.m. Central Tuesday, April 18.

April 11, 2017 10:30 am(0)
South Dakota student wins national essay contest with ag story

South Dakota student wins national essay contest with ag story

“Farmers need to be willing to tell their story,” said Bridger Gordon, a junior at Sturgis Brown High School and an active FFA and 4-H member.

March 28, 2017 7:45 am Photos

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4-H Club raises money for calves orphaned in Kansas fires

The A-1 Alcester Livestock 4-H Club in Union County, S.D., is raising money to help ranchers who lost cows in the Kansas wildfires care for their calves.

March 20, 2017 1:29 pm(0)
South Dakota 4-H expands companion animal program

South Dakota 4-H expands companion animal program

South Dakota 4-H is offering more animal science opportunities for youth by expanding its companion animal project area for members.

March 15, 2017 11:45 am(0)
Kids learn skills for the show ring

Kids learn skills for the show ring

South Dakota 4-H youth learned techniques for caring for their show cattle at a recent Jarauld County workshop.

March 02, 2017 11:45 am(0)
Role in ag organization helped students prepare for college

Role in ag organization helped students prepare for college

Two Farmers Union youths in South Dakota say their involvement with the ag organization helped them become leaders in college.

February 28, 2017 3:00 pm Photos

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Aberdeen school starts northeast S.D. city’s first FFA chapter in decades

Aberdeen school starts northeast S.D. city’s first FFA chapter in decades

Michaela Olson lives on a farm where she and her family raise Angus cattle with her grandpa. She’s a senior at Aberdeen Roncalli High School and is considering a career in agriculture, but until this school year, she hasn’t been able to participate in FFA like her grandpa did.

February 21, 2017 8:30 am Photos

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4-H team from S.D. reigns at horse quiz bowl

4-H team from S.D. reigns at horse quiz bowl

South Dakota 4-H members from Brown County won the Western National Roundup Horse Quiz Bowl competition, held Jan. 5-8 in Denver during the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo.

February 20, 2017 4:08 pm(0)
Connecting with members a highlight for FFA officers

Connecting with members a highlight for FFA officers

National FFA Week is Feb. 18-25. It’s a time for members to show others what FFA is all about, and that’s much more than farming.

February 20, 2017 7:45 am(0)

Aksarben ends 89-year tradition, moves stock show to Grand Island

OMAHA, NE – Aksarben Foundation has announced a new partnership with the Grand Island Livestock Complex Authority and relocation of the Aksarben Stock Show and Purple Ribbon Auction to Grand Island, NE beginning this fall.

February 17, 2017 1:11 pm(0)

Tractor Supply raising money for FFA

Tractor Supply Co. stores across the country are collecting donations during National FFA Week to support grants for FFA chapters in their communities.

February 16, 2017 1:00 pm(0)
Cherokee girl named Iowa Pork Queen

Cherokee girl named Iowa Pork Queen

A high school senior from Cherokee, Iowa, was named the 2017 Iowa Pork Queen by the Iowa Pork Producers Association.

February 02, 2017 3:30 pm(0)
Cattlemen's Foundation taking scholarship applications

Cattlemen's Foundation taking scholarship applications

Members of the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Foundation invite students throughout the state to apply for their scholarship program, which is now in its second year.

January 31, 2017 3:00 pm(0)
Longtime Chamber chief honored for support of agri-business community

Longtime Chamber chief honored for support of agri-business community

As South Dakota’s No. 1 industry, agriculture’s economic reach extends well beyond the state’s rural communities.

January 24, 2017 8:15 am(0)
Farm family fortified by traditional values in changing times

Farm family fortified by traditional values in changing times

The sun isn’t shining and South Dakota winds are gusting, but that doesn’t faze cousins Bode Sweeter, 6, and Kade Sweeter, 4, who are goofing around in a pickup bed while their parents and grandpa work cattle.

January 23, 2017 11:45 am Photos

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South Dakota FFA participants win state championships

South Dakota FFA participants win state championships

Almost 500 FFA members from across South Dakota met in Pierre last month for the State FFA Leadership Career Development events.

January 06, 2017 11:25 am(0)

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Alex Acheson

Alex Acheson

MN Livestock Field Representative

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Chris Beutler

NE/KS/OK Livestock Field Representative

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Jeff Kapperman

SD Livestock Field Representative

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Jeff Thomas

MT/WY Livestock Field Representative

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Kirby Goettsch

ND Livestock Field Representative

Tom Rooney

Tom Rooney

IA/MO/IL Livestock Field Representative

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