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SDSPA Hosting Membership Meeting April 7

Posted 3/16/2017 11:35am by Chris Zdorovtsov.

The South Dakota Specialty Producers Association (SDSPA) is hosting its annual membership meeting April 7, from 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. CDT at Cedar Shore Resort in Oacoma, SD.  Members as well as non-members involved in specialty crop or local food production are encouraged to attend.

Full Schedule

Hops Growing & Craft Brewing Breakout Session Schedule

In addition to the membership meeting Wanda Goodman, Deputy Director & Kirk Hulstein, Industry Outreach and Development Team Leader, of the SD Department of Tourism will present “Opportunities in Agritourism is South Dakota.”    

Afternoon breakout sessions will provide time for subgroups to gather.  The Hops Growers & Brewers Guild, S.D. Wine Growers Association, SD Dept of Ag- 2016 Farmers Market Grant Results, and SD Local Foods Conference committee are scheduled to meet.  If another group (E.g. Food hub, fruit growers, chefs, agritourism farms, etc) would like to meet during the event they may contact the SDSPA membership coordinator for scheduling.

SDSPA president Kim Brannen encourages members to participate in the annual meeting to express their voice as they guide association development and leadership. “Meeting participants will learn about the organization’s restructuring to an IRS non-profit, vote on new bylaws, and elect board of director members,” said Brannen. The meeting is open to all, however current membership is required to vote.

This is a free event and registration is not required to attend. A soup and sandwich buffet will be offered at your own cost.  

SDSPA was founded in 2001. It is made up of growers, processors and others interested in producing and marketing South Dakota specialty crops and products. We represent locally grown non-commodity products including fruits and vegetables, herbs and medical plants, grapes, golden flax, hops, honey, nursery crops and more.  

SDSPA Treasurer, Pat Garrity, said, “The original intent for the SDSPA was to create an umbrella organization to represent several of the smaller organizations in the state. We wanted to create this organization so that all of the smaller groups could have a stronger impact – from grants, to policy, to marketing.”

The organization works to promote specialty crops and products; develop cooperative marketing opportunities; create opportunities for producers to market, network, and learn; market agri-tourism; develop South Dakota product identity; support research and serve as a venue for networking and information gathering.  

Membership dues are $25 and applications for 2017 are available at the SDSPA website, http://sdspecialtyproducers.orgSpecialty producers can also stay up-to-date on relevant issues and educational opportunities by following SDSPA on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/sdspa/.

For more information on this event or membership contact Cory, SDSPA membership coordinator, at sdspamembers@gmail.com.