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Midwest Dairy Association’s South Dakota Division Districts 1 and 2 annual meetings will be held Feb. 1 at the Swiftel Center, Brookings, in conjunction with the South Dakota Dairy Producers (SDDP) annual meeting. All dairy farmers in South Dakota lie either in District 1 or 2.

Dairy farmers are invited to attend to receive updates on their dairy promotion checkoff program activities. The District meetings begin at 11:30 a.m. and include a complementary lunch. A research update from South Dakota State University follows at 1 p.m., with the SDDP meeting beginning at 4 p.m., followed by a hosted social with heavy hors d’oeuvres and entertainment with comedian David Ferrell. Activities will conclude at 8 p.m.

Each of the two District promotion groups will also hold brief meetings to review budget, select leaders on the District and Division boards and discuss other business for the coming year. A presentation will feature information about the checkoff’s work to deliver for dairy farmers through the Fuel Up to Play 60 program, strategic partnerships and opportunities to engage influencers through on-farm experiences. The presentation will also provide an overview of Midwest Dairy’s 2018 strategic plan and its focus on consumers. RSVP by Jan. 30 to Kerry Pottinger at or 651-487-4760.

Midwest Dairy Association® represents 7,400 dairy farm families and works on their behalf to increase dairy sales, foster innovation and inspire consumer confidence in dairy products and practices. Midwest Dairy is funded by checkoff dollars from dairy farmers in a 10-state region, including Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma. For more information, visit Follow us on Twitter and find us on Facebook at Midwest Dairy