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PIERRE – Foster families of every culture are needed to keep sibling groups together, to keep children and youth in their own communities and to support the well-being of children in need of a home while their birth family heals.

Prospective foster families are encouraged to attend the upcoming Parent’s Resource for Information, Development and Education (PRIDE) training in Huron for families in Beadle, Sanborn, Hand, Faulk, Jerauld and Spink counties beginning Tuesday, March 6, from 6 to 9 p.m. (CST).

Blended PRIDE training is now available and consists of a combination of classroom training and online training. The training is free and participants must complete 30 hours of training by attending four classroom sessions and six online sessions. Class sizes are limited and an initial inquiry process must be completed prior to registration.

Participants must be 21 years of age, financially stable and have no convictions of crimes involving harm to children, sex crimes or crimes of violence.

If you are interested in opening your home to children in foster care, please contact Jessica Tribble, Inquiry Coordinator with Children’s Home Society, at 605-965-3189. To learn more about becoming a foster parent, please visit or

Woonsocket – Sanborn/Jerauld County U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Kathy Torres announced that County Committee elections are over and the ballots have been counted.

Michael Mickelson of Mount Vernon was elected to represent local administrative area (LAA) 3 and Adolf Zoss of Letcher will serve as the first alternate.

“County Committee members are a critical component of the day-to-day operations of FSA,” said Torres. “They help deliver programs at the county level and work to serve the needs of local producers. All recently elected County Committee members will take office in January 2018, and will be joining the existing committee.” Every FSA office is required to have a County Committee, and they are made up of local farmers who are elected by local farmers.

Nearly 7,800 FSA County Committee members serve FSA offices nationwide. Each committee has three to 11 elected members who serve three-year terms of office. One-third of County Committee seats are up for election each year. County Committee members impact the administration of FSA within a community by applying their knowledge and judgment to help FSA make important decisions on its commodity support programs, conservation programs, indemnity and disaster programs, emergency programs and eligibility.

County Committee members impact producers through their decision making and help shape the culture of a local FSA office. They also ensure the fair and equitable administration of FSA farm programs in their counties and are accountable to the Secretary of Agriculture. Members conduct hearings and reviews as requested by the State Committee, ensure socially disadvantaged (SDA) farmers and ranchers are fairly represented, make recommendations to the State Committee on existing programs, monitor changes in farm programs and inform farmers of the purpose and provisions of FSA programs. They also assist with outreach and inform underserved producers such as beginning farmers and ranchers about FSA opportunities.

For more information, visit the FSA website at or contact the Sanborn/Jerauld County FSA office at 605-796-4476 ext. 2

NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE, Huron, SD, February 7, 2018– USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in South Dakota is holding a state-level signup for the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) with the area of consideration in the Lewis and Clark/Lower James River Watershed. This area includes portions of Kingsbury, Jerauld, Sanborn, Miner, Brule, Aurora, Davison, Hanson, McCook, Todd, Tripp, Gregory, Charles Mix, Douglas, Hutchinson, Bon Homme, and Yankton Counties.

The batching date is March 16. Landowners and producers are encouraged to visit the NRCS office at their local USDA Service Center to find out more information and register early.

This program provides a new approach to conservation, said Jennifer Wurtz, Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) program coordinator for the NRCS in South Dakota. “The RCPP offers a unique opportunity to harness innovation and welcome new partners into the conservation mission.  The program partners are in the driver’s seat, allowing them to find creative solutions to the conservation issues in their areas.”

“Emphasis will be placed on practices that will have a direct impact on improving water quality. Practices would include those that limit animal contact with flowing streams, practices that would increase infiltration rates in cropping fields assisting soil health, and those that would eliminate animal waste from impairing streams”, said Rocky Knippling, project coordinator.

The RCPP provides a way for private companies, Tribes, local communities, and non-government partners to collaborate and invest in cleaner water and air, healthier soil, and enhanced wildlife habitat. It will enable USDA to partner with third parties or work directly with producers in watersheds and other critical conservation areas to leverage private sector funding to maximize conservation investments.

To learn about technical and financial assistance available through conservation programs, visit or local USDA service center.