Pierre, SD 57501-3182
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture's mission is to promote, protect and preserve South Dakota Agriculture for today and tomorrow.
Agriculture is the life-blood of South Dakota. It is our state’s #1 industry, and for the farmers who work the land, agriculture is more than a job – it is a career, a passion and a way of life.South Dakota always has been and will continue to be an agricultural state. In the 19th century, homesteaders used a mule and a moldboard plow to break the thick prairie sod. Two hundred years later, their descendants work the same land with no-till drills and combines equipped with Global Positioning Systems.
Although the tools have changes, agriculture remains the common thread linking the citizens, businesses and communities of our state.
South Dakota’s agriculture industry has a $25.6 billion economic impact each year. With more than 19 million acres of cropland and 23 million acres of pastureland, our farmers and ranchers are one of our economy’s key drivers.