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USDA grant growing new farmers in South Dakota

SOUTH DAKOTA — Grants from the United States Department of Agriculture have been awarded to Dakota Rural Action and South Dakota State University to expand training and support for beginning farmers and ranchers in South Dakota. The grants are part of $17 million the USDA is awarding to help new farmers and ranchers nationwide.

Brookings-based Dakota Rural Action is receiving $225,000 to train 50 new farmers and ranchers in the areas of whole farm planning, business management, value added marketing and sustainable production methods. The USDA awarded South Dakota State University $707,000 to train and mentor beginning beef cattle producers via workshops on livestock production, marketing, finance and leadership.

Source: Rapid City Journal

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