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Ag events in Vale and Mission attract big crowds

STURGIS, S.D. – Two events of interest to people in and around rural communities are set for today (Wed., Jan. 10). And there’s nothing more enjoyable than getting together with folks you haven’t seen in awhile.

The 18th Annual Vale Ag Fair gets underway today at the Vale Community Hall.

Every year, over 20 vendors from surrounding communities join the hundreds of people who attend the popular event.  Everyone from bankers to equipment dealers to hydraulic and cement businesses and insurance representatives come to the Vale Ag Fair, say organizers.

Vendors will be open until 2pm or after. And a free beef dinner, hosted by those businesses, will be served from 11am to 1pm

Also on tap for today (Wed., Jan. 10) is the 45th Annual Ranchers Workshop that gets underway at 9a.m. in Mission, S.D., at the Sinte Gleska Multi-Purpose Building.

With the theme “Leaving a Legacy,” topics and presenters throughout the day range from addressing woody plant encroachment to the newest in software that is designed to identify profit opportunities.

The event also offers booths offering a variety of vendors for the public to view.

Following are topics and presenters:

“Woody Plant Encroachment and Prescribed Fire” – Sean Kelly, SDSU Extension Range Management Field Specialist and Liaison Officer for the Mid-Missouri River Prescribed Burn Association

“Turning a Profit – Using Software” – Dani Stearns, Co-founder of Goat Production Management (GPM) software and a fourth generation rancher

“Don’t Be a John Wayne on the Prairie” – Heather Swanson, PMHP Program Director at Mt. Marty University

“Cultivating Your Farm Succession Plan” – Heather Venenga, American Harvest Financial

The event is coordinated by SDSU Extension, Rosebud Sioux Tribal Ranch, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Mellette-Todd County Farm Service Agency, Mellette & Todd County Conservation Districts, South Central Resource Conservation & Development Council, USDA is an Equal Opportunity Provider, Employer, and Lender.

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