SDFU Announces Dates for 2014 Young Producers Conference

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South Dakota Farmers Union (SDFU) will host its 2014 Young Producers Conference Jan. 31 - Feb. 1 at Deadwood. The two-day conference provides South Dakota’s young farmers and ranchers with an opportunity to glean insight from industry leaders, network, and socialize. The conference is open to those who are 40 and younger.

“The average age of a producer in South Dakota continues to rise,” said South Dakota Farmers Union President Doug Sombke. “This conference will bring together a diverse group of young producers and provide resources to assist them in their respective farming or ranching operation.” 

Conference speakers and presenters include motivational speakers, Malcom Chapman and Ryan Taylor; South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture Lucas Lentsch; South Dakota State Veterinarian Dustin Odekoven; Duwayne Bosse, marketing specialist; representatives from the Natural Resource Conservation Service and Farm Service Agency; and South Dakota Center for Farm Ranch Management Instructor David Koupal.

“We’ve brought together a lineup of experts to visit about a variety of relevant issues and topics on the minds of South Dakota’s crop and livestock producers,” said SDFU Rural Development Director Erin Wilcox. “This conference will also provide attendees with an opportunity to socialize and network with producers from all over the state.”

To register, contact Wilcox by Jan. 24 at or 605-350-6365 ext. 118.

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