SDCGA receives grant to deliver educational programs

The South Dakota Corn Growers Association (SDCGA) will provide educational opportunities for South Dakota ag producers through a grant recently awarded to the organization by the USDA Risk Management Agency.

Acting Agriculture Secretary Chuck Conner announced this week awards of nearly $21.2 million in agricultural risk management partnership agreements throughout the United States. The agreements fund projects to develop new risk management tools for farmers and ranchers, as well as outreach and education opportunities.

The SDCGA was awarded nearly $100,000 of those grant monies to provide risk management education, marketing strategies and planter calibration clinics. In addition, national speakers will be brought in for the SDCGA’s Annual Meeting in January to offer industry insights.

The grant monies will be used for the following programs:

 

  • “Growing Forward in 2008” – Risk Management Seminars, (Nov. 26-30, 2007 and Feb. 18-22, 2008)
  • SDCGA Annual Meeting Seminars (Jan. 5, 2008)
  • Planter Calibration Clinics (Jan. 14-18, 2008)

“Growing Forward in 2007” – Nov. 26-30, 2007 and Feb. 18-22, 2008

The SDCGA will kick off the grant programs by partnering with Farm Credit Services to deliver “Growing Forward in 2008,” a two step risk management series that will be offered in November and February. Steven Johnson, ag economist, Iowa State University will lead the first set of seminars in November; and Elwynn Taylor, Extension climatologist with Iowa State University, will join Johnson for the February meetings.

Both sets of “Growing Forward in 2007” will be offered five times over four consecutive days, each at a different location in South Dakota. Among the topics covered will be minimizing variable costs, increasing corn acres, maximizing grain storage, improving crop marketing, crop rotations and seed selections. The topics delivered at the November meetings will be different from the February meetings, creating two unique learning opportunities.

The schedule for the first step of “Growing Forward in 2008” is the following:

  • Nov. 26: Sioux Falls Ramkota
  • Nov. 27: Watertown Events Center
  • Nov. 28: Aberdeen Ramkota
  • Nov. 29: Huron Crossroads
  • Nov. 30: Yankton Elks

The second set of “Growing Forward in 2008” will be held Feb. 18-22, 2008:

  • Feb. 18: Sioux Falls Ramkota
  • Feb. 19: Watertown Events Center
  • Feb. 20: Aberdeen Ramkota
  • Feb. 21: Huron Crossroads
  • Feb. 22: Yankton Elks

SDCGA Annual Meeting Seminars – Jan. 5, 2008

The SDCGA Annual Meeting will feature nationally-known speakers who will address top industry topics. Featured speaker for the program is Mark Pearson, host of the nationally-syndicated program, Market-to-Market.

Planter Calibration Clinics – Jan. 14-18, 2008

Kevin Kimberley, ag consultant, who has experience working with John Deere, Case IH and Syngenta, will teach producers how to reach ultimate yield potential through planter calibration and use. Tentative topics include seed treatments, planter adjustments, compaction, calibrations, corn meters, field cultivator leveling, vacuum units, combining and grid mapping. The clinics will be held at the following dates and locations:

  • Jan. 14: Ramkota Hotel and Convention Center in Aberdeen, SD
  • Jan. 15: Crossroads Hotel and Convention Center in Huron, SD
  • Jan. 16: Watertown Event Center in Watertown, SD
  • Jan. 17: Ramkota Hotel and Convention Center in Sioux Falls, SD
  • Jan. 18: Ramkota Hotel and Convention Center in Sioux Falls, SD

To inquire about any of these offerings, please contact the SDCGA office at 605-334-0100.

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