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Agriculture

The Department of Tribal Relations working with the South Dakota Department of Agriculture has worked to increase communications with tribes sharing South Dakota's borders concerning agriculture and drought response through meetings and invitations to tribal member producers to various state Agriculture gatherings and tours. The Department of Agriculture with the assistance of Tribal Relations continues to pursue opportunities to support tribal agriculture development through technical assistance; bringing SDSU Extension, State Ag, and Federal Ag agency staff together at tribal outreach meetings to explain operational supports, financing programs, and meteorological data available to tribal producers throughout Indian Country. The Department of Tribal Relations also continues to work with the South Dakota Brand Board to explore opportunities to support tribal cattle producers to bolster brand inspections and brand investigations with tribal government partners on reservations across South Dakota.