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2012 In the Field Workshop, June 28-29 in Pierre, offers hands-on demos

BROOKINGS, SD – SDSU Extension and the South Dakota AgXchange, South Dakota’s newest Farm and Ranch Show, announce the In The Field Conference workshop lineup.

South Dakota AgXchange was uniquely developed to connect agriculture producers with industry and SDSU Extension experts. The Pierre, SD farm and ranch show will host 24, in-field workshops during the two-day In The Field Conference.

In The Field Conference is held in conjunction with the farm and ranch show June 28-29 at the Oahe Speedway, and is designed as hands-on demonstrations.

“Farmers have excellent observation skills. They want to see and feel something – not just data,” said Dwayne Beck, research manager at Dakota Lakes Research Farm and one of the workshop presenters. “Data and observation need to go together.”

“Before planning this farm show we asked South Dakota farmers, ranchers and industry leaders what they wanted. Hands-on, in-depth workshops topped the list,” said Greg Geisler, CEO of VerticalXchange, a national event service company, and the former president and owner of Champion Farm Shows.

Geisler says workshop topics were determined by South Dakota farmers and ranchers. The SDSU Extension and industry leaders heading up the workshops were hand-selected based on producer feedback. In The Field Conference is co-sponsored by SDSU Extension.

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“We surveyed more than 500 South Dakota agriculture producers to discover what information they felt would benefit their operations and strengthen their bottomline. We then worked closely with SDSU to discover the best SDSU Extension staff and national industry experts,” Geisler said.

The South Dakota AgXchange is held during South Dakota’s Ag Week. The third-annual Governor’s Ag Summit is held June 27 of the same week. This will be the first year the Governor’s Ag Summit will be held in Pierre.

Admittance to South Dakota AgXchange, is only $5. Cost to attend the two-day In The Field Conference, is $75 if producers sign up by June 15. A one-day pass is also available for $45 if purchased by June 15. Conference passes include lunch. These prices have been reduced thanks to sponsorship and support of the South Dakota Wheat Commission and Wheat Inc. A $20 late fee will be added after the June 15 deadline.

As part of its new cost recovery model, SDSU Extension will provide many speakers at the event, and will receive a portion of the conference pass revenue to offset speaker costs.

Workshop topics range from row crops, small grains, hay and forage, and livestock.

For a complete workshop line-up visit http://www.sdagxchange.com.

June 28 & 29

9:40 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Low-Stress Cattle Handling for Increased Profit presented by Dr. Joe Jeffrey, DVM and low-stress cattle handling expert Curt Pate, low-stress livestock handling clinician. Attend this live demonstration and clinic, with a life-long ranchers and well-known stockmanship experts. From the pasture to the head-gate, come learn some tried and true strategies for lower-stress cattle handling that can translate to a more profitable operation. Attendance also provides Beef Quality Assurance certification.

11:10 a.m. – Noon

Grazing For Profit and Conservation, presented by Dr. Sandy Smart, Professor, Range Science, South Dakota State University; Dr. Roger Gates, Associate Professor and SDSU Extension Range Specialist; Kyle Schell, SDSU Extension Range Field Specialist, Rapid City Regional Center and Larry Wagner, Owner, Bijou Grass Fed Meat LLC, of Chamberlain, SD. Conservation grazing techniques for real-world application. Hear from fellow cattlemen and South Dakota State University experts about methods of grazing that work for ranchers in the Dakotas.

June 28

1:15-2:30 p.m.

Managing Feed And Mineral In Your Herd, presented by Tyler Melroe, Beef Cattle Nutritionist, Hubbard Feeds, and Dr. Julie Walker, Associate Professor and SDSU Extension Beef Specialist. Public and private experts put their heads together to provide the most relevant, accurate and unbiased research about improving the cowherd through the proper nutrition. Judge these management practices for yourself, as live examples are used to demonstrate.

June 29

1:15-2:30 p.m.

Reproductive Performance and Improved Brood Cow Management, Dr. Dave Barz, owner of Northwest Veterinary Supply and Jim Krantz, SDSU Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist. Get up-to-date industry and university researched methods for improving the reproduction and viability of the cowherd.

For information on exhibiting or attending the In The Field Conference registration, visit our We bsite http://www.sdagxchange.com, or call 952-736-9360. This event is co-sponsored by The South Dakota Department of Tourism & the Matching Dollar Challenge, The Farm Forum, WNAX Radio and KELOLAND TV. F

– SDSU Extension