SD Local Foods Coalition Partnership meeting March 1-2

South Dakota Specialty Producers Association
Farm Forum

YANKTON, S.D. – The South Dakota Specialty Producers Association (SDSPA) is hosting a set of work group sessions March 1-2 to re-energize statewide efforts to promote and support the growing local foods movement. The partnership session begins at 1 p.m. CST March 1st at Arrowwood Resort in Oacoma, S.D. Anyone with a stake in this developing market including producers, farmer’s market managers and vendors, chefs, value-added businesses, local foods enthusiasts, and agencies are encouraged to attend.

The Thursday afternoon session will begin with partner briefings, producer input, and work group discussions to facilitate an action plan that coordinates efforts across the state. Individual partners’ organization meetings will take place in the evening. Meeting space is still available on a first come first serve basis.

Facilitated breakout sessions on Friday morning will address specific issues/concerns facing local foods producers and businesses in South Dakota:

• Farmer’s Markets – Centralized Coordination, SNAP/EBT, Food Safety.

• Funding Your Success – Resources Available & Producer Project Experiences.

• Food Production & Positive Solutions – Specialty Meats & Access to Processing; Pesticide Drift; Current Legislative Actions.

• Agritourism Opportunities in South Dakota with Kirk Hulstein & Neil Wagner, South Dakota Department of Tourism.

Register online at the SDSPA website ( Registration for South Dakota Specialty Producers and South Dakota Beverage Producers members is $10/person for one day, $15/person for two days. Non-member fees are $15/person for one day and $25/person for two days, and $5 more per day at the door. To pay at the door, register first with Cory Tomovick no later than February 23rd. Contact her at 605-430-4699 or with questions or to reserve your organization’s meeting space.

In addition to the coalition partnership meeting and breakout sessions, SDSPA will hold their Annual Membership Meeting on March 1 at 9:30 a.m. at Arrowwood Resort. Lunch is available on Thursday for $15; register online by Feb. 23 to ensure meal availability.

To arrange for an overnight stay at Arrowwood Resort, call them at 605-734-6376 and ask for the ‘SDSPA’ room block rate. State rate is honored with valid ID at check-in.

Come grow with SDSPA! Become a member online at the SDSPA website, Joint SDSPA and SD Beverage Producers Association membership is available for a discount price. Specialty producers and local foods enthusiasts can stay up-to-date on relevant issues and educational opportunities by following SDSPA on Facebook at