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Posted 10/20/2017 7:52am by SDSPA Marketing Contractor.

Tickets are now available for the ‘Friday Night Social’ event featuring South Dakota chef & producer food pairings and networking opportunities. The event, scheduled for Nov. 3, from 5-7 p.m. MT at the Holiday Inn Spearfish Convention Center, will provide a fun and lively conversation while celebrating our state’s local food scene.

Local foods producers, chefs, consumers, and those with a passion for food are invited to attend. 

“This event will provide a sampling of West River fare from eight restaurants and their chef,” said Chef M.J. Adams, event coordinator. There will be two wine makers, two microbrewers, and an ice cream maker in addition to the food samples provided by the chefs.

Meet Deborah Madison, nationally recognized chef, cooking instructor and cookbook author, during the event. Madison is the keynote speaker of the South Dakota Local Foods Conference being held in Spearfish Nov. 2-4.

Madison is one of the originators of the local foods movement in the U.S. She served on the board of the Seed Savers Exchange and was co-director of the Monte del Sol Edible Kitchen Garden in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Tickets to the event are $25 and can be purchased by credit or debit card online or in person at The Market, 333 Omaha St., Rapid City or Good Earth Natural Foods, 638 Main St., Spearfish.  Only cash is accepted at these two locations. Tickets are limited. 

Those interested educational sessions and networking related to specialty crop production, marketing, health and business as well as local foods efforts across the state are encouraged to attend the S.D. Local Foods Conference and pre-conference sessions. Visit http://www.sdspecialtyproducers.org for a full schedule.  

The ‘Friday Night Social’ event is sponsored and coordinated by a collaboration of partners including Chef MJ Adams, the South Dakota Specialty Producers Association, Visit Spearfish, Good Earth Natural Foods, and The Market. 

Direct any questions to conference organizers at sdlocalfoods@gmail.com or 605-681-6793. For more information visit South Dakota Local Foods on Facebook or the SDSPA website

Posted 10/16/2017 8:00am by SDSPA Marketing Contractor.

Atina Diffley, organic farmer-educator, will bring her depth of experience and expertise during an upcoming workshop ‘Organic Weed Control for Small Growers’ on Nov. 1 from 8 a.m.-4:30 pm MT in Rapid City, SD. This pre-conference a session is one of several offerings of the SD Local Foods Conference (SDLFC).  

“Successful weed management in an organic system requires much more than good cultivation,” said Diffley.  

During the session Diffley will discuss weed physiology and management using rotations, seed bed reduction, fertility, stale bedding making, cover crops, habitat for biological life, and tillage equipment, in relation to the agronomic principles of an organic farming system. Additionally, she will share post-harvest techniques for small-scale growers to maintain produce quality and safety.  

Diffley serves as a national leader, consultant and educator for Organic Farming Works, LLC. She operated Gardens of Eagan farm, a 120-acre, diversified, certified organic vegetable farm near the Twin Cities for 22 years. In 2004 Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Services (MOSES) awarded her “Organic Farmer of the Year.”  

Since 2010, she has been a trainer and writer for FamilyFarmed’s national Wholesale Success program, providing education on food safety, post harvest handling, and marketing. In 2013 she authored the Minnesota Book Award winner, Turn Here Sweet Corn: Organic Farming Works.  

There is no registration fee for this class, but participants must register by Oct 27. Lunch is included. Send your name, email address, and phone number to: sdlocalfoods@gmail.com to resister. The class will be held at the Rapid City Regional Extension Center, 711 N. Creek Dr.  

Those interested in additional training related to fruits, vegetables and other specialty crops are encouraged to attended the full SDLFC, held Nov 2-4 in Spearfish, SD. The conference provides educational programming and networking opportunities for producers, chefs, grocers, nutrition programs, consumers, those interested in agri-tourism opportunities, and resource providers.  

The SDLFC will provide an expanded offering of in-depth learning sessions on Nov. 2 including resources and technical assistance, farm to school, SNAP at farmers markets, fruit growing, 12-month greenhouse, food safety, local foods & healthcare and a tour of Cycle Farm. A free film, ‘Seeds, an Untold Story,’ sponsored by Black Hills State University Sustainability Program, will show Thursday evening.  

The full conference, Nov. 3-4, offers breakout sessions on marketing, production, health, and business tracks. (Full Schedule) Friday evening will offer an exciting ‘Dine & Discover,’ social event with appetizers that showcase chefs’ & producers’ food pairings, SD beverages and networking.  

Registration is $100 per person ($75 for one day). A special student rate will be offered to currently enrolled college, technical institute and university students for $39.50/day. Proof of enrollment required. Registration includes general and breakout sessions, a light breakfast, snacks and lunch. Click here to register and complete your online payment.  

The Local Foods Conference is sponsored by a collaboration of partners including the South Dakota Specialty Producers Association, SDSU Extension, South Dakota Department of Agriculture, Dakota Rural Action, USDA Rural Development, South Dakota Small Business Development Center, SD Value Added Ag Development Center, Xanterra, Good Earth Natural Foods, American Culinary Federation Black Hills Chapter of Professional Chefs, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, SARE, Ecotone Foundation, Best Day Farms, Black Hills Food Hub, Spearfish Local, Visit Spearfish, and Black Hills State University Sustainability Program.  

Anyone with an interest in local foods is encouraged to attend. Direct any questions to conference organizers at sdlocalfoods@gmail.com or 605-681-6793. For more information visit South Dakota Local Foods on Facebook or  http://www.sdspecialtyproducers.org/.      

Posted 10/9/2017 4:07pm by SDSPA Marketing Contractor.

Nationally recognized chef, cooking instructor and cookbook author, Chef Deborah Madison is the keynote speaker at this year’s annual SD Local Foods Conference (SDLFC), November 2-4, in Spearfish, SD.

Conference participants will have numerous opportunities to meet and interact with Chef Madison at conference sessions, the Friday evening social, and a book-signing event. Her latest cookbook ‘In My Kitchen’ shares 100 vegetable-focused recipes perfect for weeknight dinners to special occasions.

“Connecting people to the food they eat, its source and its history, has long been my work, and writing is one way to reveal the deeper culture of food. My interests lay with issues of biodiversity, seasonal and local eating, farmers markets, small and mid-scale farming, farmers and ranchers, gardens and gardeners,” Madison said. 

Chef Madison has been involved with the Slow Food movement in various capacities for more than a decade. She served on the board of the Seed Savers Exchange and was co-director of the Monte del Sol Edible Kitchen Garden in Santa Fe, New Mexico. 

Chef Madison will participate in three sessions at the conference. Her keynote "If I Were Visiting South Dakota, What Would I Want to Eat?” will discuss the importance of regional foods to a place and why they can be compelling to visitors. She will provide attendees with ideas for showcasing local foods.  

She will expand on the theme of her keynote talk during an open discussion session with attendees on ups and downs involved in featuring local foods and connecting food to tourism. Additionally, on Nov. 2, she will join Chef Scott Brinker of Rapid City Regional Healthcare and Rachel Headley of Cobblestone Science during an afternoon pre-conference session that will address local foods in healthcare.  

This SDLFC provides educational programming and networking opportunities for producers, chefs, grocers, nutrition programs, consumers, local food enthusiasts, people interested in agri-tourism opportunities, and resource providers of specialty crops and other local food products. Other components of the event include vendor booths and meals using local foods.  

The SDLFC will provide an expanded offering of in-depth learning sessions on Nov. 2 including resources and technical assistance, farm to school, SNAP at farmers markets, fruit growing, 12-month greenhouse, food safety, and local foods & healthcare.  A free film, ‘Seeds, an Untold Story,’sponsored by Black Hills State University Sustainability Program, will show Thursday evening.  

The full conference, Nov. 3-4, offers breakout sessions on marketing, production, health, and business tracks. Click here for a full schedule. Friday evening will offer an exciting  ‘Dine & Discover,’ social event with appetizers that showcase chefs’ & producers’ food pairings, SD beverages and networking. The social will have a separate registration fee.  

Registration is $100/person ($75 for one day). A special student rate will be offered to currently enrolled college, technical institute and university students for $39.50/day. Proof of enrollment required. Registration includes general and breakout sessions, a light breakfast, snacks and lunch.

Register here and complete your online payment for any of the conference and pre-conference sessions.   

Continuing Education hours are available to chefs and Master Gardeners who participate in the conference. 

The Local Foods Conference is sponsored by a collaboration of partners including the South Dakota Specialty Producers Association, SDSU Extension, South Dakota Department of Agriculture, Dakota Rural Action, USDA Rural Development, South Dakota Small Business Development Center, SD Value Added Ag Development Center, Xanterra, Good Earth Natural Foods, American Culinary Federation Black Hills Chapter of Professional Chefs, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, SARE, Ecotone Foundation, Best Day Farms, Black Hills Food Hub, Spearfish Local, Visit Spearfish, and Black Hills State University Sustainability Program.

Anyone with an interest in local foods is encouraged to attend. Direct any questions to conference organizers at sdlocalfoods@gmail.com or 605-681-6793.

For more information visit South Dakota Local Foods Conference Event or http://www.sdspecialtyproducers.org/. Follow the South Dakota Local Foods Conference online.

Posted 9/15/2017 5:10pm by SDSPA Marketing Contractor.

The 2017 South Dakota Local Foods Conference (SDLFC) is scheduled for Nov. 3-4 at the Spearfish Holiday Inn Convention Center in Spearfish, SD. In addition, Thursday, Nov. 2 offers several in-depth pre-conference sessions and tours.  

This conference provides educational programming and networking opportunities for producers, chefs, grocers, nutrition programs, consumers, local food enthusiasts, and resource providers of specialty crops and other local food products. Other components of the event include vendor booths, a tasting event with area chefs, and meals using local foods.  

The conference features keynote speaker Chef Deborah Madison, a chef, cooking instructor and cookbook author. Her latest cookbook ‘In My Kitchen’ shares 100 vegetable-focused recipes perfect for weeknight dinners to special occasions. Her keynote "If I Were Visiting South Dakota, What Would I Want to Eat?” will discuss the importance of regional foods to a place and why they can be compelling to visitors. She will provide attendees with ideas for showcasing local foods.  

The SDLFC will provide an expanded offering of pre-conference sessions and tours on Nov. 2. Sessions planned in the Spearfish area include: ‘Resources & Technical Assistance,’ ‘Local Foods & Healthcare (farm tour included),’ ‘Farm to School: Learning the Basics of Local Food Procurement (farm tour included),’ ‘SNAP at Farmers Markets,’ ‘Fruit Growing in the Upper Great Plains,’ and ‘12-Month Greenhouse.’ An additional option, ‘Organic Weed Control for Small Growers’ with farmer and consultant Atina Diffley, will be held in Rapid City. These sessions require advance registration and fees are separate from the conference registration.  

A free evening film, ‘Seeds, an Untold Story,’ sponsored by Black Hills State University Sustainability Program will show on Thursday.   The full conference, Nov. 3-4, offers marketing, production, health, and business tracks. Nov. 3 will feature ‘How to Make Local Food a Destination in Your Community’ with Tallgrass Landscape Architecture’s Matt Fridell & Tanya Olson. Additional breakout sessions include: online marketing, local foods & tourism, fruit growers & wine, meat & dairy goats, tribal local food initiatives, workamping & interns, food sovereignty, and farm to school networking.  

Friday evening will offer a ‘Dine & Discover,’ social event with appetizers, featuring chef & producer food pairings, SD beverages and networking. The social will have a separate registration fee.   Nov. 4 will offer breakout sessions showcasing a chefs panel, brewer’s panel, ancient grains, farm stands, growing organic, hydroponics, soils, creating value added products, farm record keeping, local foods in communities, food hubs, agri-tourism and more.  

Early bird registration runs Sept. 15 through Sept. 30 for the two-day event at $79 per person ($55 for one day). October 1, the registration goes to $100 per person ($75 for one day). A special students rate will be offered to currently enrolled college, technical institute and university students for $39.50/day. Proof of enrollment required. Registration includes general and breakout sessions, a light breakfast, snacks and lunch.

Register and complete your online payment for any of the pre-conference sessions and the conference.  

A block of rooms with the special conference rate is available by calling the Spearfish Holiday Inn at 605-642-4683.  

Continuing Education hours are available to chefs who participate in the conference.  

The Local Foods Conference is sponsored by a collaboration of partners including the South Dakota Specialty Producers Association, SDSU Extension, South Dakota Department of Agriculture, Dakota Rural Action, USDA Rural Development, South Dakota Small Business Development Center, SD Value Added Ag Development Center, Xanterra, Good Earth Natural Foods, American Culinary Federation Black Hills Chapter of Professional Chefs, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, SARE, Ecotone Foundation, Best Day Farms, Black Hills Food Hub, Spearfish Local, Visit Spearfish, and Black Hills State University Sustainability Program.  

Anyone with an interest in local foods is encouraged to attend.

Direct any questions to conference organizers at sdlocalfoods@gmail.com or 605-681-6793. Visit the South Dakota Local Foods Conference Event  or http://www.sdspecialtyproducers.org/ for more information.  

Follow South Dakota Local Foods online.

Posted 8/18/2017 9:32am by SDSPA Marketing Contractor.

The Value Added Agriculture Development Center (VAADC) invites you to attend the 18th Annual Value Added Agriculture Center Day at the South Dakota State Fair in Huron, SD on Thursday, Aug. 31 from 9:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m. South Dakota’s value added agriculture industry will showcase over 20 vendors including South Dakota Specialty Producers Association (SDSPA) and SD Wine Growers Association (SDWGA) members in the Day Sponsor Tent.

The VAADC helps create and expand agribusinesses that process commodities into products we use every day. Traditional crops & livestock are being used to make oil/meal (soybeans), grass-fed beef (cattle), pasta (wheat), and biopharmaceutical products (sheep). Non-traditional agribusinesses are processing wines/spirits/beers, white sorghum flour, fleece/wool and aquaculture grown food/livestock feed.

The SDSPA and SDWGA are partnering to feature specialty crops, local foods and wines, beers and spirits. Vendors include:

  • Pleasant Valley Farm (meat goats)
  • Belle Valley Ancient Grains
  • Honey Lodge
  • Auch Arena Farm
  • 6th Meridian Hops
  • Glacial Lakes Distillery
  • Country Lane (produce, plants, baked goods)
  • Prairie Moon Herbs
  • Ufford Hills LLC (produce, canned goods)
  • NutriRoots (fruit, berries, honey, farm to table education)
  • SD Wine Growers Association
  • SD Specialty Producers Association

 

There will also be presentations on various local food topics and a cooking demonstration. The presentation schedule is as follows:

  • 10:00 a.m.- “Growing Quality Hops”
  • 11:00 a.m.- “The Potential for Meat & Dairy Goat Production”
  • 12:00 p.m.- “South Dakota Wines, Spirits & Beers”
  • 1 p.m. “Cheers to You from South Dakota’s Wine, Spirits, & Beer Producers” (Wine Pavilion)
  • 1 p.m.- “Seriously Twisted Ag Fun for Kids”
  • 2:00 p.m.- “Cooking with South Dakota’s Fresh Products” (Women’s Building Kitchen)

 

Be sure to make time to walk through the Day Sponsor Tent and Wine Pavilion to sample products from value added businesses and learn more about the innovative products being made here in South Dakota. Stop by at 3:00 p.m. to enjoy our Ice Cream Social brought to you in cooperation with Your South Dakota Dairy Producers.

Support from East River Electric Cooperative, Farm Credit Services of America, SD Bankers Association, SD Association of Cooperatives, SD Farmers Union, SD Rural Electric Association, SD Soybean Research & Promotion Council, SD Wheat Commission and Wheat Growers make VAADC services possible to South Dakota farmers and ranchers.

Contact Cheri Rath, Executive Director of the Value Added Ag Development Center with questions at 605-224-9402.

Posted 7/19/2017 3:04pm by SDSPA Marketing Contractor.

This year's keynote speaker is Chef Deborah Madison. She is also a cooking teacher and cookbook author (http://deborahmadison.com/about). Chef Madison is now home from her West Coast tour promoting her newest book “In My Kitchen” which shares 100 vegetable-focused recipes perfect for weeknight dinners to special occasions. The book features the back-story of the various recipes accompanied with beautiful photographs.

She will participate in three sessions at the conference. Her keynote will discuss the importance of regional foods to a place and why they can be compelling to visitors. She will provide attendees with ideas for showcasing local foods. She will continuing the theme of her keynote talk during a breakout session where attendees will discuss ups and downs involved in featuring local foods and connecting food to tourism. Additionally, she will join panelists Chef Scott Brinker and Rachel Headley Thursday afternoon during a pre-conference session that will address local foods in healthcare. Mark your calendars!

In-depth pre-conference session on Nov. 2 include: Resources & Technical Assistance, Local Foods & Healthcare, Farm to School & Food Safety.   Breakout Sessions include: Fruit growers & wine, workamping & interns, meat & dairy goats, healthy soils/healthy food, The Joy of a Farm Stand, Chef’s panel, Brewers’ panel, food hubs, growing organic, getting into ancient grains, hydroponics, food safety regulations, agri-tourism and more!  

The evening of Nov 3. will feature a Spectacular Social Event. The event will  feature chef & producer food pairings and networking.

We are still seeking conference vendors & sponsors! Showcase your business with an exhibitor’s booth or consider helping sponsor our event. Please contact Ms. Cory Tomovick (sdspamembers@gmail.com).

A block of rooms is available at the Spearfish Holiday Inn Convention Center. 605-642-4683.

For more information visit South Dakota Local Foods Conference Event at https://www.facebook.com/events/350776815276807.

Posted 5/18/2017 2:00pm by SDSPA Marketing Contractor.

SDSPA is offering 11 free field tours across the state starting in June and running into September. Food producers, processors, gardeners, chefs, consumers and resource providers are encouraged to attend. Pre-registration is required only if purchasing lunch (optional).

Tour offerings include (printable pdf):

June 24th- Berries & Hops Producers Tour (Wagner & Armour, SD)

Hosts: Stewart’s Aronia Acres & Srstka's Hops Farm

Cost: $10 for meal (Blue Moon Bar & Grill). Register by June 22nd. Pay at site. Thank you to Northern Plains Sustainable Ag Society (NPSAS) for their partnership and financial support of this tour.

 

July 15th- Growing in Greenhouses & Selling in Boxes (Midland, SD)

Hosts: Cedar Creek Gardens, LLC with Chef Scott Brinker (RC Regional Hospital)

Cost: $12 for meal. Register by July 13th. Pay at site. 

Thank you to Rapid City Regional Health for their support of this tour by making it possible for Chef Scott Brinker to participate.

 

August 10th- Meat Goats & Growing Tomatoes in a Greenhouse (Custer, SD)

Hosts: Pleasant Valley Farm & Windsong Valley Garden

Cost: $12- $15 for meal (Black Hills Burgers & Buns). Register by August 8th. Pay at site.

 

August 17th- Vineyard & SDSU Campus Gardens (Volga & Brookings, SD)

Hosts: Schadè Vineyard & SDSU Local Foods Ed Center (Campus)

Cost: $5 Wine Tasting (Optional), $15 for meal (Pheasant Restaurant). Register by August 15th. Pay at site.

 

August 27th- Gardens & Greenhouses & Chef Tour (Rapid City)

Hosts: Country Road Garden & Rock Valley Garden & Chef Jeff Slathar (Colonial House)

Cost: $10 for meal. Register by August 25th. Pay at site.  

 

September 9th- Milling Organic Grains & SDSU Experimental Station (Alcester/Beresford, SD)

Hosts: Dakota Earth Bakery (Alcester, SD) & Exp. Station (Beresford, SD)

Cost: $10- $12 for meal (Dakota Earth Bakery). Register by September 7th. Pay at site.  

 

Attention chefs please note 2 CEH’s are available for each tour (4 per day). Additionally, these tours will qualify for Master Gardener Continuing Education hours.

Please contact Ms. Cory Tomovick (sdspamembers@gmail.com) with questions or to register for meals.

Posted 4/25/2017 8:55am by Chris Zdorovtsov.

Dr. Burrows, SDSU Extension Horticulture Specialist, discusses sources of contamination and mapping the flow of produce to avoid risk.

Dr. Burrows, SDSU Extension Horticulture Specialist, discusses sources of contamination and mapping the flow of produce to avoid risk.

SDSU Extension hosted a farm food safety training in Rapid City Apr. 8 for fruit and vegetable growers. The class helped producers who are creating farm food safety plans.

Dr. Rhoda Burrows, SDSU Extension Horticulture Specialist, discussed potential food safety risks such as contamination from watering practices, animal contact, people and equipment. Attendees had the opportunity to map their own farm's features and assess their own operations for potential risks and scale-appropriate best practices. 

Additional topics included the latest rules under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and determining if or when those rules applied to a given operation; current research-based recommendations for reducing risks from field to market; and information sources, templates and other tools for optimizing production and post-harvest handling practices. 

 

Michelle Grosek talks about safe food handling practices used in their Bear Butte Gardens operation near Sturgis. She noted that siting of animal pens, such as the poultry house, in relation to gardens and general traffic flow is very important when considering food safety.

 

Safe food handling practices are important in vineyards, too. Kris Booze with Red Valley Vineyard near Black Hawk introduces the product handling practices they use in the vineyard she manages with her parents Patty & Dave.

 

 Country Road Gardens' co-owner Mary Bodensteiner remarks that Good Agricultural Practices (GAPS) and safe food handling are critical to providing safe & healthy produce, eggs, meats and value-added products from their farm and commercial kitchen. Mary & husband Tom will host an on-farm tour later this summer.

 

Posted 4/25/2017 8:50am by Chris Zdorovtsov.

SDSPA Board, April, 2017


Many SDSPA members, partners and others involved in the local foods community participated in the 2017 Annual Membership Meeting in Oacoma on April 7th.

Highlights of the meeting included a brief recap of 2016 accomplishments, an appreciation for the growing partnerships that SDSPA is building for the benefit of members and the state, a positive financial report, status on 501c3 & 501c5 applications, a draft of revised Bylaws for members to review & comment, a request for all attendees to complete the online 2016 Annual Producer Survey, a presentation about website & Facebook outreach analytics to-date, and election of new Board of Directors members. 

Wanda Goodman & Kirk Hulstein from the SD Department of Tourism presented on Agritourism opportunities in SD. The no-host lunch allowed participants time for networking and the conference facility said they are open to utilizing locally-provided foods for next year’s event. The SDSPA outreach display featured hops growing & processing by Ryan Heine & Michelle Donner (Yankton) of 6th Meridian Hops.  

Breakout sessions in the afternoon included meetings of the SD Wine Growers Association and the newly-forming Hops Growers Chapter, planning meeting for the 2017 SD Local Foods Conference, and an open session with info for Aronia growers/marketers and a report on the 2016 SCBG for Farmers Markets from the SD Dept. of Agriculture.  Members indicated that a similar meeting style should be setup at this location for 2018, but should held earlier in the year.  

A special welcome and thank you to our new board members! Tom Barnes, Pleasant Valley Farm (Custer), Tom Bodensteiner, Country Road Garden (Rapid City), Michelle Donner, 6th Meridian Hops (Yankton), Julie Auch, Auch Aronia Farm (Yankton), and Sean Duffy, Papa’s Hops (Sioux Falls).   

 

 

President Kim Brannen leading the SDSPA annual membership meeting 

   

“Opportunities in Agritourism in South Dakota” presented by Wanda Goodman & Kirk Hulstein from the SD Department of Tourism! 

   

The SDSPA Annual Meeting Included 4 Breakout Sessions (Clockwise): The SD Wine Growers Association; Fruit & Vegetable Growers Session- Featuring the SD Dept. of Agriculture's presentation on Farmers Market Grants & Stewart's Aronia Acres; the SD Local Food Conference Planning Committee; & The SD Hops Growers & Craft Brewers.

     

Dining & networking during the SDSPA annual meeting.

Posted 3/27/2017 1:34pm by Chris Zdorovtsov.

Hops growers, others in the industry, and interested Partners!

We are reaching out to you on behalf of the SD Specialty Producers Association (SDSPA) and SDSPA members Ryan Heine & Michelle Donner of 6th Meridian Hops (Yankton, SD).  We invite you to join us for the industry information sharing & networking that starts in the ‘SD Hops Growing & Craft Brewing’ breakout session on Friday, April 7th at Cedar Shore Resort, Oacoma, SD.  

Dr. Christopher Graham, SDSU Extension, plans to join us.  This breakout session starts at 1:00PM (Central time) and you are also welcome to join us for an interactive presentation at 11:30AM by SD Department of Tourism Deputy Director, Wanda Goodman and Team Leader Kirk Hulstein, about AgriTourism opportunities in the state.  

The SD Specialty Producers Association’s Annual Meeting runs from 10:00-11:15AM and is open to the public.  There will be a no-host buffet lunch and great networking on-site from Noon to 1:00PM.  (Please say if you will join us for lunch – we need an accurate count for Cedar Shore’s kitchen.) Click here for more information on full program.

Our joint hope is that we can get the growers, brewers, potential growers, partners, and other interested folks together to start building this agriculture segment as a viable industry.  The discussion is open to more than just hops – we hope to have malters/grain growers, and other gruits producers included.  Essentially it would be a group dedicated to local production of everything the brewers need.  And we hope to build a good relationship with the SD Brewers Guild.  Some topics of mutual interest:

  • Education, Research, and Resources: provide grower education and give a portal from the SDSU extension & universities to the hops/brewers industry.

 

  • Marketing and Quality: build a community and work to build relationships among growers and hopefully raise the quality and improve testing of the South Dakota crop.

 

  • Work with state agencies & government & partners for awareness of our industry and its needs to be successful.

 

Meeting Agenda