South Dakota Farm Bureau to host 97th annual meeting

Farm Forum

Huron – Members of the South Dakota Farm Bureau will gather in Sioux Falls on Nov. 21-22 for the organization’s 97th annual meeting, where they will decide on state and national policies to guide Farm Bureau in the coming year.

Resolutions to be considered by the delegate body on Nov. 21 will cover topics such as: road and bridge funding, biotechnology, land use, agricultural land lost to water in the northeastern part of the state, property rights, the use of drones for agriculture, how to rein in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and more. Resolutions have been surfaced through the County Farm Bureaus throughout the year, brought forward by farm and ranch members of the organization from all parts of the state.

In addition to the delegate session, the South Dakota Farm Bureau annual meeting will include many educational sessions on topics of current interest. Keynote speakers will include Greg Peterson of the internet-famous “Peterson Farm Brothers,” SDFB President Scott VanderWal, and John Anderson, Deputy Chief Economist for the American Farm Bureau Federation. Anderson will analyze the current state of the agricultural economy and forecast what might be coming down the road.

The convention kicks off with opening ceremonies at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 21 at the Ramkota Hotel & Convention Center in Sioux Falls. Registration for the convention is $120, which includes all meals.

The use of drones in agriculture, potential changes to the national beef check-off, the path of Dakota Access Pipeline, changes to the farm program, and other topics will also be highlighted during the two-day event. If people’s schedules do not allow for attending the entire event, a one-day pass is available for Saturday, Nov. 22 for only $45.

Full details and registration, via credit card or printable form to send in, are available at or by calling South Dakota Farm Bureau at 605-353-8050.