August 21-23, 2018 | Mitchell, SD
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Dakotafest Full Schedule

Dakotafest Full Schedule

Full 2018 Show Schedule

For specific event details and speaker information, click on the links below. 
Unless otherwise noted, educational sessions take place in the Dakotafest Education Center on the Reaves Buildings Innovation & Technology Campuses, the SDSU Tent, or the Sioux Nation Ag Center Event Tent.  

 

TUESDAY, AUGUST 21

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

9:30 Product Demonstrations Sioux Nation Ag Center Event Tent
10:00 a.m.

Net Wrap: A new barrier for livestock producers 
Taylor Grussing, SDSU Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist

SDSU
Booth #600
10:00 a.m.

Exploiting the New Tax Act and Changes in Law 
Jayna M. Voss & Bobbi L. Thury, Co-Founders & Attorneys, Legacy Law Firm, P.C.
Sponsored by Legacy Law Firm, P.C.

If you are hoping to take advantage of the new Tax Act and changes in law for your farm, you don’t want to miss this seminar! Learn everything you need to know about:

  • Highlights of the federal Tax Act and changes in law that can give your estate and business planning an edge.
  • Asset protection: protect your farm and your assets from divorces, nursing homes, and more!
Dakotafest Education Building in the Reaves Buildings' Innovation Center
10:00 a.m. Livestock Chute Demos Sioux Nation Ag Center Event Tent
11:00 a.m. Farm & Ranch Succession Planning
Sponsored by Farm Bureau Financial Services
Dakotafest Education Building in the Reaves Buildings' Innovation Center
11:00 a.m. Crop Price Outlook 
Jack Davis, SDSU Extension Crops Business Management Field Specialist
SDSU
Booth #600
11:00 a.m. Pig Races
Sponsored by Farm Bureau Financial Services
Farm Bureau Financial Rural Lifestyle Pavilion
12:00 p.m. Lunch with Sioux Nation Ag Center
Sponsored by Zoetis, Merck, MultiMin, Arm & Hammer, and Boehringer Ingelheim
 

Sioux Nation Ag Center Event Tent

12:00 p.m. Free SDSU Ice Cream SDSU
Booth #600
12:30 p.m.

Managing Feeder Cattle Comfort: Intro to the BQA Feedyard Assessment 
Heidi Carroll, SDSU Extension Livestock Stewardship Field Specialist

Sioux Nation Ag Center Event Tent
1:00 p.m. Pedal Pull
Sponsored by Farm Bureau Financial Services
Farm Bureau Financial Services Rural Lifestyle Pavilion
1:00 p.m. Mesonet SprayTool: Real time weather monitoring for pesticide applicators 
Nathan Edwards, South Dakota State Mesonet Engineer/Director
SDSU
Booth #600
1:00 p.m. Cattle Handling: How Low Stress Handling Adds Pounds and Health to Cattle
Jake Geis, DVM Sioux Nation Ag Center
Sioux Nation Ag Center Event Tent
1:30 p.m.

Chad Greenway
Sponsored by: 

All Pro Linebacker and South Dakota Native.

Dakotafest Education Building in the Reaves Buildings' Innovation Center
1:30 p.m. Your Genetic Toolbox
Cory Shrag, 605 Sires
Sioux Nation Ag Center Event Tent
2:00 p.m. How a Proper Mineral Program Leads to Better Herd Health, Higher Conception Rates, and Bigger Profits
Dr. Rachel Martin, PhD Sioux Nation Ag Center
Sioux Nation Ag Center Event Tent
2:15 p.m.

Opportunities in Swine Production

Dakotafest Education Building in the Reaves Buildings' Innovation Center
2:30 p.m. Livestock Chute Demos Sioux Nation Ag Center Event Tent
3:00 p.m. Pig Races
Sponsored by Farm Bureau Financial Services
Farm Bureau Financial Services Rural Lifestyle Pavilion

 

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 22
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

9:30 a.m. Who Needs SD BQA Certification 
Heidi Carroll, SDSU Extension Livestock Stewardship Field Specialist & Beef Quality Assurance Coordinator
SDSU
Booth #600
9:30 a.m. Product Demonstrations Sioux Nation Ag Center Event Tent
10:00 a.m.

Gubernatorial Candidate Forum

  • Kristi Noem (Republican) - invited
  • Billy Sutton (Democratic)
  • Kurt Evans (Libertarian) 
  • Terry LaFleur (Constitution)
Dakotafest Education Building in the Reaves Buildings' Innovation Center
10:00 a.m. Woman's Brunch Highland Conference Center
10:00 a.m. Livestock Chute Demos Sioux Nation Ag Center Event Tent
11:00 a.m. Pig Races
Sponsored by Farm Bureau Financial Services
Farm Bureau Financial Services Rural Lifestyle Pavilion
11:30 a.m. Using Swine Manure as a Valuable Source for Crop Nutrients 
Bob Thaler, Professor & SDSU Extension Swine Specialist
SDSU
Booth #600
11:30 a.m. Lunch with Sioux Nation Ag Center
Sponsored by Zoetis, Merck, MultiMin, Arm & Hammer, and Boehringer Ingelheim
Sioux Nation Ag Center Event Tent
12:00 p.m. Free SDSU Ice Cream SDSU
Booth #600
12:30 p.m. Managing Feeder Cattle Comfort: Intro to the BQA Feedyard Assessment
Heidi Carroll SDSU Extension Livestock Stewardship Field Specialist
Sioux Nation Ag Center Event Tent
1:00 p.m. Cattle Handling: How Low Stress Handling Adds Pounds and Health to Cattle
Jake Geis, DVM Sioux Nation Ag Center

Sioux Nation Ag Center Event Tent

1:00 p.m. Pedal Pull
Sponsored by Farm Bureau Financial Services
Farm Bureau Financial Services Rural Lifestyle Pavilion
1:00 p.m.

U.S. House Candidate Forum

  • Dusty Johnson (Republican)
  • Tim Bjorkman (Democratic)
  • George Hendrickson (Libertarian)
  • Ronald Wieczorek (Independent)
Dakotafest Education Building in the Reaves Buildings' Innovation Center
1:30 p.m. Your Genetic Toolbox
Cory Shrag, 605 Sires
Sioux Nation Ag Center Event Tent
2:00 p.m. Controlled Drainage for Weather Resilience and Water Quality Improvement
John McMaine, Assistant Professor & SDSU Extension Water Management Engineer

SDSU
Booth #600

2:00 p.m. How a Proper Mineral Program Leads to Better Herd Health, Higher Conception Rates, and Bigger Profits
Dr. Rachel Martin, PhD Sioux Nation Ag Center
Sioux Nation Ag Center Event Tent
2:30 p.m. Livestock Chute Demos Sioux Nation Ag Center Event Tent
2:30 p.m. Exploiting the New Tax Act and Changes in Law
Sponsored by Legacy Law Firm, P.C.

Jayna M. Voss & Bobbi L. Thury, Co-Founders & Attorneys, Legacy Law Firm, P.C.
Sponsored by Legacy Law Firm, P.C.

If you are hoping to take advantage of the new Tax Act and changes in law for your farm, you don’t want to miss this seminar! Learn everything you need to know about:

  • Highlights of the federal Tax Act and changes in law that can give your estate and business planning an edge.
  • Asset protection: protect your farm and your assets from divorces, nursing homes, and more!
Dakotafest Education Building in the Reaves Buildings' Innovation Center
3:00 p.m. Pig Races
Sponsored by Farm Bureau Financial Services
Farm Bureau Financial Services Rural Lifestyle Pavilion
7:30 p.m. Bullbash  

  

THURSDAY, AUGUST 23
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

9:30 a.m. Product Demonstrations Sioux Nation Ag Center Event Tent
10:00 a.m. Climate Update 
Laura Edwards, SDSU Extension State Climatologist
SDSU
Booth #600
10:00 a.m.

People. Pigs. Planet. Uniting Pork Producers to Build a Bright Future for the Pork Industry
Steve Rommereim, President of the National Pork Board

Steve Rommereim, President of the National Pork Board, will present on the Pork Checkoff program. His presentation will explain in detail the aspects of the pork checkoff in detail and will take question from those in attendance in regard to the program.

Dakotafest Education Building in the Reaves Buildings' Innovation Center
10:00 a.m. Livestock Chute Demos Sioux Nation Ag Center Event Tent
11:00 a.m. Pig Races
Sponsored by Farm Bureau Financial Services
Farm Bureau Financial Services Rural Lifestyle Pavilion
11:00 a.m. Cover Crop Economics
Tong Wang, SDSU Extension Advanced Production Specialist
SDSU
Booth #600
11:30 a.m. Lunch with Sioux Nation Ag Center
Sponsored by Zoetis, Merck, MultiMin, Arm & Hammer and Boehringer Ingelheim
Sioux Nation Ag Center Event Tent
12:00 p.m. Free SDSU Ice Cream SDSU
Booth #600
12:30 p.m. Managing Feeder Cattle Comfort: Intro to the BQA Feedyard Assessment
Heidi Carroll, SDSU Extension Livestock Stewardship Field Specialist
Sioux Nation Ag Center Event Tent
1:00 p.m. Pedal Pull
Sponsored by Farm Bureau Financial Services
Farm Bureau Financial Services Rural Lifestyle Pavilion
1:00 p.m. Emerald Ash Borer
John Ball, Professor, SDSU Extension Forestry Specialist & South Dakota Department of Agriculture Forest Health Specialist
SDSU
Booth #600
1:00 p.m. Cattle Handling: How Low Stress Handling Adds Pounds and Health to Cattle
Jake Geis, DVM Sioux Nation Ag Center
Sioux Nation Ag Center Event Tent
1:30 p.m. Your Genetic Toolbox
Cory Shrag, 605 Sires
Sioux Nation Ag Center Event Tent
2:00 p.m. How a Proper Mineral Program Leads to Better Herd Health, Higher Conception Rates, and Bigger Profits
Dr. Rachel Martin, PhD Sioux Nation Ag Center
Sioux Nation Ag Center Event Tent
2:00 p.m.  Pig Races
Sponsored by Farm Bureau Financial Services
Farm Bureau Financial Services Rural Lifestyle Pavilion
2:30 p.m. Livestock Chute Demos Sioux Nation Ag Center Event Tent

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