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SD Specialty Producers Association Annual Membership Meeting & Breakout Sessions Overview

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.