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AFBF and IDEAg Welcome Farmers to Farmfest, Dakotafest

News / Newsline July 29, 2021

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The American Farm Bureau Federation and IDEAg Group invite farmers and ranchers to attend Farmfest and Dakotafest in August. Micheal Clements shares more on what to expect at the shows.

Clements:  Farmers and ranchers are invited to attend two upcoming farm shows, Farmfest and Dakotafest. IDEAg Events Marketing Director Niki Jones says Farmfest will feature a mobile COVID vaccination clinic and the Farmfest forums.

Jones: Like every year, we have our Farmfest forums. We’re going to be very policy focused this year. So, all of these forums are exciting for us because we have plenty of speakers and leaders in ag coming to talk about these topics, but also we’re going to be livestreaming them on our website,, for people that aren’t going to be able to be there.

Clements: She says Dakotafest also boasts sessions on hot topics in agriculture.

Jones: Tuesday at Dakotafest, we have a congressional update from Washington DC, South Dakota U.S. congressional representatives will be there to talk through ag policy and what's going on on the hill.  And then on Wednesday, you'll be able to see the climate smart agriculture session, and in the afternoon, the discussion about hemp, it’s now legal in South Dakota and I think farmers are wondering what happens next.

Clements: Additionally, sessions from both shows will be available online.

Jones: We’re excited to have everyone back in person this year. So, we just welcome everyone to come out to Farmfest in Redwood Falls, Minnesota, or Dakotafest in Mitchell, South Dakota. August 3-5 is Farmfest and August 17-19 is Dakotafest. And for additional details and information you can go to or We just hope to see everyone out and if you can’t make it, tune in to the livestreams on our website.

Clements: Micheal Clements, Washington.

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