Young Producers Event set for July 30-31 in South Dakota

South Dakota Farmers Union
Ag News

HURON, S.D. — Connecting South Dakota’s family farmers and ranchers with information, resources and each other is the focus of the South Dakota Farmers Union Young Producers Event, set for July 30-31 at Cedar Shores Resort in Oacoma, S.D.

“Farming and ranching is an around-the-clock job. We design this event to give producers an opportunity to get away and glean valuable information to help them improve their operations,” said Rocky Forman, SDFU member services coordinator.

The two-day event is sponsored by SDFU. It is free for members and $50 for non-members. Meals and hotel accommodations are covered by SDFU, the state’s largest agriculture organization.

In addition to information from speakers, connecting with other family farmers is the reason fifth-generation Frederick farmer Chris Sumption recommends attending the SDFU Young Producers Event.

“The exchange of ideas with other producers was as beneficial as learning from experts," said Sumption, who attended the event with his wife, Christina. “Our farms may be located in different regions of the state, and what we raise may not be the exact same, but it seems we all face similar problems. So, it was refreshing to learn from others and realize we are not alone.”

A weekend away with Christina was something else Sumption appreciated about the event. 

“It was good for our relationship. I tend to get so concentrated and caught up in farm work that I don’t make time for life. You know, our generation doesn’t go to town on Saturday night and relax like our grandparents did,” Sumption said.

Experts discuss soil health, weaning tips, more

Austin Carlson, a soil health technician with the South Dakota Soil Health Coalition and Warren Ruche, SDSU Extension beef feedlot management associate, are among the lineup of event speakers.

“Taking time away from their farm or ranch is no simple task, so we work to make sure this investment of their time is worthwhile,” Forman said.

Evaluating the condition of your soil: Providing farmers and ranchers with hands-on demonstrations to help them effectively gauge the condition of their soil is the focus of Carlson’s presentation.

“By the end of my presentation, participants should be able to accurately gauge the condition of their soils, have a greater understanding of the importance of soil health, and will be equipped with knowledge to improve soil health while meeting or exceeding their farm goals and needs,” Carlson said.

Transition from weaning to background or finishing: Rusche will provide producers with management suggestions to transition their cattle from weaning to the backgrounding or finishing phase as well as discuss strategies for adding value to home-raised feedstuffs.

“As summer is winding down, it is time to begin thinking about weaning calves and lining up feed supplies for the fall and winter,” Rusche said.

Registration information

To learn more about the 2021 Young Producer’s Event and register, visit and click on the Adult Programs link under the Education tab. Contact Forman with questions, or 605-350-3421.