Coming to Watertown |

Coming to Watertown

A day of farm and ranch tours followed by a panel discussion are all part of a Sustainability on the Farm and Ranch event on Sept. 14, 2019, centered at Watertown, S.D. South Dakota Farm Bureau (SDFB) Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) Committee is hosting the event.

The day begins with a bus tour leaving at 12 p.m. from Lake Area Technical Institute (LATI) and making stops at MoDak Dairy and Moes Feedlot before ending back at LATI for dinner and a panel discussion.

“Each of the tour stops provide a look at diversified family operations within a few miles of Watertown,” said Lowell Mesman, SDFB West River Regional Manager and YF&R Coordinator. Following dinner, a panel discussion will take place on what sustainability looks like at the farm/ranch level.

Panel members include: Walt Bones, former South Dakota Ag Secretary, Chris Lee of Mustang Seeds, David Karki from SDSU Extension and Brian and Jamie Johnson of Frankfort, 2019 Leopold Conservation Award winners.

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The event is free to SDFB members and $20 for non-members.

To register, please contact the SDFB office at 605-353-8050. Questions can be submitted to

More information about South Dakota Farm Bureau and the Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee can be found at

Event Schedule

Noon – Load Bus Lake Area Technical Institute (Parking lot north of the Agriculture &

Environmental Center Building – Arrow Ave.)

12:30 p.m. Moes Feedlot Tour

2 p.m. Load Bus for MoDak Dairy

2:30 p.m. MoDak Dairy Tour

4 p.m. Load Bus

5 p.m. Social – Lake Area Technical Institute

Campus Event Center – 4th floor

5:30 p.m. Meal

6:30 p.m. Panel Discussion – Sustainability on the Farm & Ranch

Walt Bones, former South Dakota Secretary of Ag

Chris Lee – Mustang Seed

David Karki – SDSU Extension Agronomy Field Specialist

Brian & Jamie Johnson – 2019 Leopold Conservation Winner

–South Dakota Farm Bureau Federation

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