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Value Added Ag Center Day at the State Fair Aug 30

Posted 8/15/2018 2:46pm by SDSPA Marketing Contractor.

Chef Josh Kranz and students from Mitchell Technical Institute serving up liquid nitrogen cooled fruit skewers of Forestburg muskmelon and watermelon at Value Added Ag Day 2017! 

The Value Added Agriculture Development Center (VAADC) invites you to attend the 19thAnnual Value Added Agriculture Center Day at the South Dakota State Fair in Huron, SD on Thursday, August 30 from 9:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m. South Dakota’s value added agriculture industry will showcase 20 vendors including South Dakota Specialty Producers Association (SDSPA) 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 grownfood/livestock feed.

The SDSPA is partnering to feature hydroponically grown specialty crops, soap, lamb and goat meats, honey and honey products and flowers. Local food marketing will be highlighted with a farmers market and food hub booth. There will also be presentations on various local food topics and cooking demonstrations.

The presentation schedule is as follows:

  • 10:00 a.m.: Honey Bee Magic
  • 10:30 a.m.: Goat Raising Tips 101
  • 11:00 a.m.: Field to Bottle South Dakota Wines, Spirits & Beers
  • 11:30 a.m.: Farm & Ranch Agritourism Opportunities
  • 12 p.m.: Experience the Magic of Local Foods for Kids
  • 2:00 p.m.: Cooking Up Some Magic with South Dakota’s Fresh Products (Women’s Building Kitchen)


Be sure to make time to walk through the Day Sponsor Tent 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 Agtegra 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.

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