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Young producers, ag professionals event planned
F.Ganje - January 17, 2017

SIOUX FALLS, SD – Young ranchers and farmers will have an opportunity to spend time with their peers in both educational and social settings when the Young Farmers & Ranchers Conference gets underway in Sioux Falls, January 20-21, 2017.  Event organizer Heather Maude shares more about the conference geared to young people in agriculture ages 18-35.

“A lot of those producers and ag professionals would like to interact with other people their age, in their industry,” observed Maude, who continued,  “and really enjoy hearing speakers geared to the challenges and issues they face.”    

The annual conference, sponsored by the South Dakota Farm Bureau,  includes a number of events and activities for participants.

“It includes a panel discussion on cover crops which is of great interest to producers and a hot button topic on the farming side in South Dakota right now,” she notes.  “Other break out sessions will center on crop and livestock commodities, outlooks, predictions, both short and long-term.”

Among the most popular events are on-site tours.  Each year, organizers identify ag related businesses where convention participants can get some hands-on experience.

“This year, we’re touring Raven Industries.  We’ll be visiting with people on the technology end of that company,” says Maude. “We’ll also be visiting the Smithfield plant where we’ll watch the practice of processing livestock.”

Two nationally known key note speakers will begin and end the conference that is billed as family-friends with daycare provided free of charge.

“We are opening with Amber Lee Snyder, a barrel racer who was injured in an accident and is now wheel chair bound.  She is such an inspiration, having found a way to still compete while sharing her inspiring story with others,” says Maude.  “We’ll wrap it up with North Dakota farm wife and mother Katy Dilte.  She’s humorous, understands the lifestyle, and motivates people while reminding us how lucky we are to be doing what we’re doing.”

Registration is available on line and also by contacting a district Young Farmer/Rancher representative.

“It’s a dual purpose conference,” shares Maude, “where it teaches about the Farm Bureau Federation and it also provides an opportunity to meet like-minded young producers and ag professionals from across South Dakota.”



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