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Governor’s Agricultural Summit to be held June 26 & 27


PIERRE, S.D. (KELO-AM) – The fifth annual South Dakota Governor’s Agricultural Summit hosted by the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) will be held on June 26 and 27 at the Lodge in Deadwood. Pre-registration is required and will be accepted through Monday, June 9, at www.sdagsummit.com.  



“The Governor’s Ag Summit is a great time for farmers, ranchers, ag industry leaders, legislators and congressional delegates to come together and discuss the future of our number one industry,” said SD Secretary of Agriculture Lucas Lentsch.


A Black Hills Ag Tour will kick off this year’s event on Thursday afternoon with demonstrations from the SDDA’s Wildland Fire and Resource Conservation and Forestry divisions and a tour of Belle Joli Winery in Sturgis. 



Friday morning will begin with a “State of Ag Address” from SD Secretary of Agriculture Lucas Lentsch. US Department of Agriculture Under Secretary Michael Scuse will give an update on the 2014 Farm Bill and Gov. Daugaard will present the 2014 Ag Ambassador Award.



Pre-registration is required and space is limited. For more information about the Summit, visithttp://sdda.sd.gov/office-of-the-secretary/ag-summit/ or contact Kea Warne at kea.warne@state.sd.us. This event is free and open to the public.



Agriculture is South Dakota's No. 1 industry, generating nearly $21 billion in annual economic activity and employing over 122,000 South Dakotans. The South Dakota Department of Agriculture's mission is to promote, protect, preserve and improve this industry for today and tomorrow. Visit us online athttp://sdda.sd.gov or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.