South Dakota Beef Industry Council invests in the future of agriculture

Farm Forum

HURON, S.D. – The South Dakota State Fair Foundation has recently received an investment of $30,000 for permanent educational display space in the new Nordby Exhibit Hall on the South Dakota State Fairgrounds. This came from the South Dakota Beef Industry Council (SDBIC), the state’s beef check-off organization. A check presentation was made during the State Fair in Huron.

“Agriculture is the number one industry in this state. The opportunity for the South Dakota Beef Industry Council to utilize the Nordby Exhibit Hall as an opportunity to educate consumers, young and old, about the benefits and value of beef in a healthful diet is outstanding,” said Mary Ellen Cammack, SDBIC director.

“We are very excited to have the Beef Industry Council join the ranks of our donors. We look forward to providing them the opportunity to share their story within the new exhibit hall,” stated Peggy Besch, State Fair manager.

The South Dakota Beef Industry Council joins five additional statewide agricultural organizations in providing substantial support for the new building, including the South Dakota Pork Producers Council, South Dakota Wheat, Inc., the South Dakota Corn Utilization Council, the South Dakota Farm Bureau and the South Dakota Farmers Union. The South Dakota Beef Industry Council engages in opportunities for promotion, education, and research of beef and manages the beef checkoff investments of beef producers.

Over the past several months, the South Dakota State Fair Foundation has been carrying out a capital campaign for the exhibit hall, which will be a statewide home for South Dakota 4-H; something not currently available for 4-H members. The building will be located on the site that once featured Clover Hall.

The exhibit hall’s construction began in late July 2015. When finished, the 48,000 square-foot Nordby Exhibit Hall for 4-H, Youth and Community will feature more than 30,000 square feet of exhibit space, multiple classrooms, a performance stage and a large kitchen for 4-H Special Foods competitions. The building will host multiple 4-H activities and community and regional events year-round.

To date, the South Dakota State Fair Foundation has raised approximately $4.13 million of its $4.7 million goal. Those interested in supporting the Capital Campaign are invited to contact the State Fair Foundation at 605-553-4251 or visit For more information about the SD Beef Industry Council, visit or find them on Facebook.