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Agri-Business Talks Veterans, Memorial Day

by Mark Brown

Memorial Day, It's YOUR Agri-Business

Rick Shields--Mid-west Communication Farm Director set the tone of Memorial Day -- thanking veterans -- town and country for all they do. In addition he discussed the weather affecting crops across the mid-west, The opt out options for school lunch guidelines and of course Congressional Spending or lack there of for agriculture.

Rocky Boer--Vice President of Ag at Plains Commerce Bank --talked with us from the V.A. where Memorial Day Ceremonies were about to start. Plains Commerce is on a pedestal for all they do in town and country.

Steve Watson--The Governor's Director of Business Development for Economic Development and Rock Nelson -- Director of South Dakota International Trade Center discussed the Governor's third trip to China. Ag Leaders --- business leaders, and educators talked with a Chinese -- more on a sister to sister approach. Bottom line is that businesses from Huron, Milbank, and others in South Dakota will increase their business with more talk on this International Trip.

Travis Starks--Howalt University --and sponsors of IGROW.org answered questions about what farmers across the mid-west are telling them as Farm sides for Howalt McDowell. The Starks make the trips and talk reasonable coverage to protect them in any weather or any situation.

Paul Kostboth--Ag Development Director for Secretary Lucas Lentsch made the trip to China. Kostboth was also in California as dairy pitches were made. With the west being even drier than expected---South Dakota continues to talk about the need for more herds for more dairy demands thru South Dakota. In China---dairy was a key topic as the middle class is an important concern of the Chinese. They like what they see from South Dakota.

Zachary Schlag---is a 20 year old graduate from Roosevelt High School. Last year in a special art competition --- his eagle won the school competition. It qualified him for a trip to the Nationals. However school officials had not informed him of the dimension limits on the sculpture. He had the win at the school level taken away from him ---as well as a trip to win a National honor. Not to be denied -- he entered the Sioux Falls Sculpture Walk and his "Incoming Eagle" is at 11th and Main. His bald eagle may be the first of many he builds in years ahead. Schlag spent 150 hours on this creation. He'll head to Rapid City to begin a study of engineering in the fall.