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SD Angus Queen is 4th generation Angus producer

Brianna Erdmann of Leola, S.D., was recently crowned the 2018-2019 South Dakota Angus Queen. Erdmann was crowned on June 19 at the annual state show held in Watertown, S.D. She will represent the breed at shows, sales and events that promote the Angus breed and Certified Angus Beef. As a life long owner and exhibitor of Angus cattle, she has several years of experience in displaying and promoting the breed. You could say that Angus cattle are in her genetics, as she is a fourth generation Angus producer, from both sides of her family tree. The McPherson County 4-H alumni has been in the ring showing Angus cattle from the age of six.

Brianna is a sophomore at South Dakota State University and is pursuing a degree in marketing and economics.

Any Angus producer who would like to request her presence at their sale or event needs to just give a call to Erdmann Angus Ranch at 605-439-3744 or email at

— Staff reports

Alltech Crop Science’s contest offers a chance to win a crop tour of Brazil

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Thoughts of Brazil typically conjure up images of sunbathers and Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. However, Brazil’s varied landscape is also home to an extensive number of crops, ranging from corn and soy to coffee, cashew and fruits native to the country, like jabuticabas. Alltech Crop Science is offering one lucky farmer and a guest the chance to escape the winter blues and experience the best of Brazil with The Grain Escape.

The crop tour, which will take place in March 2019, will not only include visits to growers for an agronomic exchange of ideas, but also visits to some of Brazil’s most notable landmarks as well as gastronomic experiences typical of Brazilian culture.

“Brazil has a long-standing agronomic tradition,” said Dr. Steve Borst, Alltech Crop Science general manager, “and we’re excited to be able to share a piece of that tradition.”

The contest runs through Dec. 9, 2018 and the winners will be announced on Jan. 4, 2019. The contest is open to all U.S. farmers with at least 10 acres of land who are at least 18 years of age.

For more information and to enter The Grain Escape, visit

— Alltech

2018-2019 South Dakota Angus Queen, Brianna Erdmann of Leola, S.D. Courtesy photo