2016 Farm Tours

Explore a Fresh Perspective on Food


YOU are a consumer of agricultural products every day.  Every time you eat you are supporting a farmer.  How much do you really think about the food that you are eating? Do you know how beef is raised, or how eggs get from the chicken into your refrigerator? If these are questions you would like answered, join us for a tour of local farms! If you have questions about GMOs, organics, or food production, this is your opportunity to talk with local farmers and food professionals. South Dakota Farm Families will be hosting three bus tours in June and July. 

Participants will be given a free meal, $50 in food gift certificates (per family), and have the opportunity to win a door prize. Sign up by clicking the "sign up" link on the right side of the page. Fill in the information.  After providing your contact information you will be asked to take a short survey. There is NO COST for these events! Only a limited number of people will be chosen to go on these tours, so apply now! See past photos and learn more at our Facebook page "South Dakota Farm Families". 

Boadwine Dairy Open House-July 9th, 10:00 am-2:00 pm

Boadwine Dairy: 46945 251 St.; Baltic, SD 57003

Enjoy a morning on the farm by taking a trolley tour of the dairy, meeting a farmer and the SD Dairy Princess, and enjoying a free lunch!  Learn more here.

Farms After 5 – July 12th, 5:30pm - 9:00pm

This evening tour will visit the Dennis and Heidi Steineke farm.  The Steineke family maintains a cow/calf operation as well as custom feeds hogs.  The family also raises corn, soybeans and alfalfa.  The farm has been in their family for over 50 years! This tour will give you the chance to visit with producers, see a variety of animals, and have your questions about crop production answered. Space is limited on this tour. Apply today to learn about how your bacon and your burgers are produced!

Application Deadline: July 1

Farms After Five – July 19rd5:30pm - 9:00pm 

This evening tour will visit the Cottonwood Ridge Dairy near Garretson, SD.  On this tour, you will have the opportunity to see dairy calves, ask questions to producers and see a robotic milking system.  Along with learning about milk production, guests will have the chance to visit BLAC X farms.  On this family farm, guests will learn about how a feedlot is operated as well as have their questions about crop production answered.  Space is limited, apply today!

Application Deadline: July 11

Drumgoon Dairy Open House-July 23rd, 10:00 am-2:00 pm

Drumgoon Dairy: 19048 US HW 81; Lake Norden, SD 57248

Head over to Drumgoon to tour the free stall barn, milking parlor, calf barn and feed area.  Enjoy a free lunch and have your questions about milk production answered!  No registration required! 

Melhalf Hog Barn Open House-July 29th, 6:00 am-8:00 pm

27648 422 Ave. Parkston, SD 57366

Don't miss this opportunity to see a new, 2400 head hog barn!  You will have the opportunity to see the facility, visit with those who will be working with the hogs, and enjoy a free meal.   No registration required!


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