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USDA Under Secretary to speak at Ag Summit

The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) announces U.S. Department of Agriculture Under Secretary Michael Scuse will speak at this year’s South Dakota Governor’s Agricultural Summit June 26 and 27 at the Lodge in Deadwood.

Pre-registration is required for the Summit and will be accepted through Monday, June 9, at Special room rates are only available until May 26 at the Lodge in Deadwood.

“We are glad to have Under Secretary Scuse delivering an update on the Farm Bill’s implementation progress at this year’s Summit,” said S.D. Secretary of Agriculture Lucas Lentsch. “We look forward to a review of key choices the farm bill provides and provisions that will assist South Dakota farmers and ranchers.”

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 S.D. Secretary of Agriculture Lucas Lentsch. Under Secretary Scuse will give an update on the 2014 Farm Bill and Gov. Dennis Daugaard will present the 2014 Ag Ambassador Award. Three afternoon sessions will be held titled “Keys to Agricultural Development: Roads, Rails and Rivers,” “Environmental and Regulatory Issues Forum” and “What’s Ahead for South Dakota Agriculture?”

For more information about the Summit, visit or contact Kea Warne at This event is free and open to the public.

–S.D. Dept. of Agriculture