Past Events

Building Soil Health & Profit 

Hybrid Rye & Cover Crops

Plot Tours, Agronomy & Livestock Nutrition

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

3-5 pm

Upland Colony, 24211 412th Ave, Artesian, SD

(NOTE - Event time was updated 6/10/22)

We invite you to join farmers and industry experts alike to discuss hybrid rye production, feeding, and use of diverse cover crops to enhance soil health and profitability.

We will review everything from field management and agronomics to processing, markets, feeding swine and cattle and more!

Join in the discussion on diversifying your rotations with small grains like rye and how to get started with cover crops. 

Several speakers will also discuss new cost share opportunities available.


3:00 Hybrid Rye test plots tour with:

• Paul Gregor, KWS Hybrid Rye Agronomist

• Mae Petrehn, Dakota’s Best Seed Product Specialist 

3:30 Panel Discussion of Feeding Livestock Hybrid Rye with:

• Dr. Carly Rundle, KWS Animal Feed Consultant

• Upland Colony Hog Managers

• Caitlyn Sullivan, SDSU,  MS Student in Swine Nutrition  

4:00 Cover Crop Benefits. Field Tour of 6 way cover crop mix interseeded into standing corn and farmer panel facilitated by:

• Sara Bauder, SDSU Extension Field Specialist in Forages

• Austin Carlson, South Dakota Soil Health Coalition

• Upland Colony Farm Managers

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Organic Farm TEAM Summit

March 5 & 6, 2021

Organic Resources for Changing Times

Community Center, Platte, SD

  • Excellent line up of 25+ speakers and panellists
  • Exhibitors and Equipment Showcase
  • Both in-person and online tickets available.
  • $65 ticket price includes lunch both days.
  • $15 Friday night catered reception dinner.
  • FREE bowling after reception.
  • FREE Organic Transition class for those considering transitioning to organic
  • Local beer, wine and whiskey tasting
  • Following Covid safety measures

The Organic Farm TEAM Summit & Equipment Showcase will feature a diverse program focused on industry updates and innovative practices. Our program features area experts and is relevant to organic growers, as well as those just getting started. The organic industry has maintained rapid growth and change; and we invite you to engage with us and our presenters as we navigate these developments.

To keep up with markets, policies, and trends in organic agriculture, growers are invited to join us and learn about the latest farm practices to produce valuable organic crops. The summit will assist growers to connect and stay ahead of changing federal policies, management protocols, market demands, and insurance coverage for organic and Non-GMO crops.

Tickets and Information at

Organic Transition Training Workshop


Mae Petrehn,

Transition Specialist

cell (605) 682-0006

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Organic Transition Training

You are invited to a FREE training to learn more about the process of transitioning to organic production.
Learn from certification experts and industry partners.

Visit with experienced organic growers from the region.


Thursday, July 30, 2020 - Lennox, SD.  10 am– 3 pm. Lunch provided.

Archery Shak (O So Good Catering), 217 S Main St.

Agenda to cover the following topics:

  • State of organic: Markets, Demand, Trends
  • Organic: An investment that can pay dividends over time.
  • Certification basics and record keeping 101 w/ examples & materials for home study.
  • What is an Organic System Plan and how does it work?
  • Laying the foundation for organic fertility. What kinds of inputs can I use?
  • Overview of ‘Transitional Toolkit’ service options available.
  • Panel discussion with certified organic growers who also manage conventional acres.
  • Insurance & Lending. Q&A with regional providers experienced with organic.
  • Seed and Agronomy Considerations for Organic Systems with Dakotas Best Seed.


Contact Mae Petrehn with questions; or cell (605) 682-0006


Please RSVP. Space is limited to 25 total attendees at each location, so register now!