Around the region: Salem, Chamberlain and Geddes
AMERICAN FFA STAR FINALIST SELECTED: Adam Eichacker of the McCook Central Future Farmers of America (FFA) Chapter has been selected as one of four finalists for the National American Star Farmer award.
Over 2,600 applicants applied at the national level for 16 finalists spots in the areas of Star Farmer, Agribusiness, Placement, and AgriScience. Eichacker has been a member of the McCook Central FFA Chapter since the seventh grade and served as the Chapter President his senior year of high school. He is currently a senior Agriculture Science major at South Dakota State University and plans to return to his family's farm after graduating.
— The Salem Special
PROGRAM PROMOTES PUBLIC HUNTING: Brule and Lyman County Pheasants Forever hope to improve public hunting access by implementing successful programs used by other counties in the state. The Community-based Habitat Access Program (CBHAP) was first used by the Aberdeen Pheasant Coalition in January 2016 to raise $100,000 to provide an incentive for landowners to enroll in the USDA's Conservation Reserve program, South Dakota Game, Fish and Park's Walk in Area program and the newly created CBHAP. The Aberdeen and Mitchell Pheasants Forever chapters have successfully improved their habitats and public access areas with the help of these partnerships, and the Pheasants Forever chapters in Brule and Lyman County hope to follow suit.
— The Chamberlain Sun
FUR TRADER DAYS: Geddes Fur Trader Days will kick off Friday, Saturday, Aug. 11 and Sunday, Aug. 12. The festivities begin at 7 p.m. Friday with bull riding at the athletic complex. Saturday has a packed schedule with breakfast at the Legion Hall, a walk/run, antique parade, car show, craft fair, bingo, barrel train ride, softball games, pedal pull, inflatables, petting zoo, bean bag toss and horseshoe picking. A street dance at 9 p.m. ends the Saturday events. A community church service on Sunday starts day three of the Trader Days with softball games, antique tractor pulls, poker run and a raffle ticket drawing scheduled for Sunday afternoon.
— The Platte Enterprise