South Dakota Local Food Conference

For over ten years, the South Dakota Local Foods Conference has provided education and networking for both producers and supporters of local foods. This ever-growing conference is a broad-spectrum event aimed at creating a better local food system in South Dakota. It celebrates South Dakota farmers, eaters, and food systems professionals who are committed to developing resilient communities and equitable food systems through sustainable agriculture, robust partnerships, and community education.

Location: The HUB at Southeast Technical College, Sioux Falls, SD

MDA Seeks Input Before Next Legislative Session

Two virtual public input sessions offer chance to share ideas

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is gathering ideas as it considers the state’s next biennial budget and is seeking public input. Farmers, food businesses, and others impacted by food and agriculture systems are all invited to share policy, funding, and program suggestions.

The MDA is hosting two virtual public input sessions where people can share their ideas directly, in addition to an online form for written submissions open through September 15, 2022.

The two sessions will take place on Zoom. Participation is free, but registration is required. The sessions are scheduled for:

Background: The Minnesota Legislature appropriates funds for the MDA and related agricultural activities through a two-year budget bill that is part of the state’s overall government funding.

State budgets are set in legislative sessions that take place in odd-numbered years and are sometimes revised during sessions in even-numbered years. The next legislative session begins on January 3, 2023, and will determine the next two-year state budget.

Vist the MDA website,, for information about the department’s mission, leadership, and responsibilities.