Ag Business Briefs

Large agriculture conference switching

Dakotas next year

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) — The Northern Plains Sustainable Agriculture Society is moving its winter conference from South Dakota to North Dakota next year.

The American News reports the annual event has been held in Aberdeen since 2013, but it’s outgrown the hotel where it’s been held. Next year it’s being moved to Fargo.

This year’s late-January conference drew 580 people, 55 vendors and a number of speakers. Society officials say there were issues with dining areas, vendor space and workshop space.

Aberdeen Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director Casey Weismantel says the group unsuccessfully tried to keep the conference in the city. He says its loss will mean a significant economic hit for Aberdeen.

The nonprofit society promotes sustainable food systems. People from as far as Minnesota, Wisconsin and Canada attend the winter conference.

Northeast Livestock Co-op Annual Meeting – Feb. 24

The 47th Annual Meeting of the Northeast Livestock Co-op shareholders will be held on Feb. 24 at Deano’s Steakhouse in Claire City, S.D., at 2 p.m. Registration will begin at 1:30 p.m.

The Northeast Livestock Co-op. is a member-owned organization incorporated in 1971 to assist farmers/ranchers in livestock loans. Money is available. All shareholders are urged to attend this meeting and support their cooperative.

For further information contact Gary Knebel at 605-486-4204 or Roger Ceroll at 605-637-5235.

Storm day set for March 3.

— Northeast Livestock Co-op

Century Farm applications are available now

South Dakota Farm Bureau and the South Dakota Department of Agriculture are again partnering to recognize South Dakota farms and ranches that have been in the same family for 100 years and more. The Century Farm celebration will take place at the South Dakota State Fair in Huron, August 30.

“We are honored to continue recognizing family farms and ranches in South Dakota,” said Krystil Smit, South Dakota Farm Bureau executive director. “This has become a special event for these families, and we appreciate the chance to meet these folks and hear their stories of hard work and determination.”

Recognition will be given to farms and ranches that have been in the same family for 100, 125 and 150 years. This will be the second year to recognize 150-year farm families as Sesquicentennial Farms. The application deadline for this year’s recognition is August 10.

For more information and an application please visit the South Dakota Farm Bureau website at www.sdfbf.org. Or call 605-353-8052.

— South Dakota Farm Bureau