The dates for the fourth annual South Dakota Local Foods Conference have been set for November 14-15, 2014 to be held at the SDSU Extension Sioux Falls Regional Center at 2001 E. 8th Street, Sioux Falls, SD.
The Local Foods Conference is sponsored by a collaboration of partners such as SDSU Extension, South Dakota USDA Rural Development, South Dakota Specialty Producers Association, Dakota Rural Action, National Relief Charities and the North Central Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education. The conference is meant to continue the dialogue on local foods among producers, growers, consumers, school nutrition programs, grocers, restaurants and resource providers.
The local foods movement is gaining momentum around the nation and this conference offers timely information on topics such as the future of organic food production, selling to institutions, food product labeling, raising backyard poultry and backyard gardening techniques to name a few.
The registration fees are $35 for Friday and $35 for Saturday only; or $65 for both days. Attendees can take in a full session where hands on training will be provided on canning applesauce for an additional $10 fee on Saturday. Registration information can be obtained by visiting https://igrow.org/events/south-dakota-local-foods-conference1/or call Christina Zdorovtsov at 605-782-3290 for more information.
Agriculture is South Dakota's No. 1 industry, generating nearly $25.6 billion in annual economic activity. This comes from the South Dakota Department of Agriculture just-released economic impact study. Follow the South Dakota Local Foods Conference online https://www.facebook.com/SouthDakotaLocalFoods