Standing Rock Renewal Field Day set for Aug. 7

Farm Forum

North Dakota State University and other Standing Rock renewal project partners are hosting a field day near Mahto, S.D., from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mountain time Aug. 7 to provide information on the progress of efforts to develop a natural beef production enterprise on the Standing Rock Reservation.

The 2.2 million acre reservation straddles the North Dakota-South Dakota border and is home to about 9,000 people. The beef enterprise is part of a multiyear project to improve the land and lives of people on the reservation.

Members of the Standing Rock Sioux tribal community, Sitting Bull College, NDSU, South Dakota State University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service are partnering on this project.

Field day participants will have an opportunity to learn more about the project, ask questions and share in the discussion. The event is free of charge.

The field day includes four 30-minute educational tours, beef taste-testing, and a noon meal and refreshments. Project partners also are giving away a total of 200 pounds of ground beef as door prizes.

The tours will cover prairie dogs as important ecosystem engineers, grassland-dependent bird species and burrowing owls, grassland enclosures and rangeland rehabilitation, animal science and nutrition, and highlights of recent cooking camps for kids and food safety lessons for adults.

To reach the field day site, drive seven miles east of McLaughlin, S.D., on U.S. Highway 12, then three miles north toward Mahto. Turn into the pasture just before reaching Mahto.

For more information about the field day or the project, contact Jim Garrett, the project coordinator at Sitting Bull College, at (701) 455-2288.