For farmers and decision makers: Organic dairy tour

Farm Forum

The state of South Dakota has seen an increase in large dairy operations, but there is an alternative farming system that could strengthen our rural communities, bring local economic benefits to our farm families, and establish lasting agriculture systems for future generations.

The Deuel County Chapter of Dakota Rural Action has set out to explore the possibility of reclaiming our history of small dairies in a meaningful, profitable, and community building way. We want, “To introduce Deuel County citizens and decision makers to the opportunities, community benefits, and economic development for organic milk and feed production.”

Please join us for a tour and informational session at Rick Fonder’s organic dairy and pork operation. Listen and ask questions directly to organic dairy farmers and organic grain growers in South Dakota and Organic Valley Coop and see firsthand how an organic operation functions. August 10th from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm, with an opportunity for in-depth questions and answers before milking at 5:00 pm. Rick Fonder’s farm is located at 14183 477th Avenue in Milbank, South Dakota. (Follow US HWY 15 North of Milbank, and turn west at 142nd. Follow one mile, and turn North. The Farm is the first turn to the West.) Snacks and coffee will be provided. Sponsored by Organic Valley and Dakota Rural Action. Free Soil Testing is available as well!

For more information concerning the Deuel County Chapter of Dakota Rural Action and its campaigns please visit Or contact Laura Marsh with additional questions or details about joining the event at