Michalski Ranch

We bring to you the February episode from the Grassland Stewardship Communications Project, this time featuring the Darin and Jessica Michalski from Willow Lake, South Dakota. During 2018, the Project partners will release a video promoting healthy soils, grasslands, and ecosystems. This is the second in the series.

Grassland Stewardship Communications Project Partners consist of The Nature Conservancy, Pheasants Forever, American Bird Conservancy, World Wildlife Fund, Audubon Dakota, Ducks Unlimited, Partners for Fish and Wildlife, SD Game, Fish and Parks, SD Soil Health Coalition, SDSU Extension, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and SD Grassland Coalition.

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WE HAVE TWO GREAT EVENTS TO TELL YOU ABOUT!

The first is the 8th Annual Soil Health Event, sponsored by SDSU Extension, in Mitchell, SD on Thursday, February 15. There will be presentations about weed resistance, soil fertility, and soil health, and lunch is free! CCA credits are also available. RSVP by calling 605-996-1564 ext 3 or emailing heidi.rients@sd.usda.gov. Click on the picture below to print or view the flyer.

The second event is a Precision Ag Workshop held at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls on February 16, 2108 from 10am – 3pm. This event costs $35 which will provide you with a one-year membership to Pheasants Forever, lunch, entry for the Henry Golden Boy Farmer Edison rifle, and a daily pass to the National Pheasant Fest and Quail Classic show floor (a $65 value!). The agenda for this workshop is specifically designed for farmers, precision specialists, agronomists, and ag lenders. Discover new approaches to put your data to work to maximize ROI on every acre! CEUs are available. Register online at pheasantsforever.org/precision. Click on the picture below for more information.

Please enjoy the story of the Jorgensen Partnership from Ideal, South Dakota as they share their views on South Dakota Grasslands. This is a two-minute video. The partners listed below will be releasing a video each month to promote healthy soils, grasslands, and ecosystem.  Here is the feature for January:

From the 2017 South Dakota Grassland Coalition and Partners Project: The Nature Conservancy, Pheasants Forever, American Bird Conservancy, World Wildlife Fund, Audubon Dakota, Ducks Unlimited, Partners for Fish and Wildlife, SD Game, Fish and Parks, SD Department of Agriculture, SD Soil Health Coalition, SDSU Extension, SD Conservation Districts, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and SD Grassland Coalition.

We have THREE great workshops coming up that you won’t want to miss! Come on out and beat the winter doldrums!

January 23rd – No Till: Growing More with Less Water – Wall Community Center – 10:30-3 CST

 

January 25th – Peas, Lentils & Chickpeas: An Educational Update – 10-4 PM CST – The AmericInn, Fort Pierre

 

Feb. 15th – Mitchell Soil Health Event – 9:30-4 PM CDT – Highland Conference Center

For more information, go to iGrow.org/events or email: ruth.beck@sdstate.edu

See you there!

*** REMINDER ***          Mayor’s Round-Up and Sale of Champions          ***REMINDER
January 26, 2018
Best Western PLUS
Ramkota Exhibit Hall
3200 W Maple Street, Sioux Falls, SD 57107

Join Sioux Falls Mayor Mike Huether at the Mayor’s Round-Up and Sale of Champions as we auction off the best market livestock from the 2018 Sioux Empire Farm Show. City slickers are invited to attend a fun dinner and program. 

Friday Jan. 26, 2018
5:30 p.m. Social
6:30 p.m. Dinner
7:30 p.m. Program/Auction
8:30 p.m. Conclusion

Tickets are $45 per person, with reserved tables of 8

Call 605-373-2010, email vwillson@siouxfalls.com or CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE TODAY!

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Special Awards and Recognition:
Matt and Paula Loewe Family, 2018 Farm Family of the Year
Sylvia Wolters, 2018 Agri-Business Citizen of the Year

Cash Awards and Prize Presentations Featuring:
Mike Begeman and Jim Schmidt, Program Emcees
Jim Woster, Auction Emcee
Joel Westra and Pete Atkins, Auctioneers

Prior to the Sale of Champions, we’ll recognize the Farm Family of the Year and the Agri-Business Citizen of the Year; and award the $12,000 Supreme Row purse to buyers and consignors of the purebred cattle shown at the Sioux Empire Farm Show. The purse is sponsored by the Tri-State Neighbor, Wells Fargo, and Campbell’s Supply.

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Why you should participate in the Mayor’s Round-Up and Sale of Champions

FUN!
Return to your agricultural roots or learn more about one of South Dakota’s largest industries. Either way, you can enjoy the camaraderie of hundreds of folks from Sioux Falls area businesses. Get together with your friends and co-workers for a great prime rib dinner and to support agriculture.

LOCAL RECOGNITION
When you purchase livestock at the Mayor’s Round-Up and Sale of Champions, your company will be recognized in advertisements in the Argus Leader, Tri-State Neighbor and Chamber News. Business representatives who bid on the Grand and Reserve Champions market livestock for each animal species will have their photos included in the ads.

SUPPORT THE VISITOR INDUSTRY
The growing Sioux Empire Farm Show draws exhibitors from more than 20 states and brings more than 30,000 people to Sioux Falls annually. An estimated $3 million is brought into the greater community through the five-day show.

SUPPORT THE AGRICULTURAL INDUSTRY
Agriculture is South Dakota’s No. 1 industry, generating an annual revenue of $25.6 billion. By participating, you show your support for the regional agricultural community.

SUPPORT THE SIOUX EMPIRE FARM SHOW
The Sale of Champions is a big incentive for producers to attend the Sioux Empire Farm Show. In 2017, more than $75,000 was paid out to 25 livestock producers in cash awards and auction bids. By showing financial support yourself or through your business, you are able to support agriculture and promote the region’s largest market and purebred livestock show.

SUPPORT EDUCATION
A live and silent auction will take place to support a college scholarship for an ag exhibitor who has shown at the Sioux Empire Farm Show.

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Tickets are $45 per person, with reserved tables of 8

Call 605-373-2010, email vwillson@siouxfalls.com or CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE TODAY!

The latest edition of Soil Health is out!
Click on the picture below to view or print

First of all, HAPPY NEW YEAR to all of you! We’re looking forward to working on many projects with you in the days to come!

Second of all, we wanted to remind you about the upcoming annual meeting of the South Dakota Soil Health Coalition. It will be held on Wednesday, January 17, at the Lake Area Technical Institute in Watertown, SD from 9:30am to 3:00pm. There are excellent speakers and demonstrations planned, as well as a meal, before the annual meeting begins. If you’re a member of the Soil Health Coalition, the whole day is FREE for you to attend. If you’re not a member, the cost will be $25, which also gives you membership to the Coalition for one year. Click on the picture below to see more information and print the flyer. Please RSVP to Cindy as soon as you can. Hope to see you there!