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VALE | Almost everything an ag producer needed was under one roof in Vale last week.

The Vale Community Hall was filled with area farmers and ranchers attending the annual Vale Ag Fair despite the unfriendly weather. The event has grown to include many of the area’s businesses, from banking to irrigation pivots. Several real estate agencies were on hand to discuss land prices and financing, while feed and equipment salesmen revealed what was offered for the 2018 season.

The Butte County Conservation District had material and order forms for trees that could be purchased through the District. There was also information about the services of the NRCS available to the public.

South Dakota Beef Producers and Sheep Producers were on hand to promote their animal species. The Beef Producers handed out rain gauges that met with several quips about an “obsolete device” or folks wondering if they were dreaming about rain in the future.

The farmers and ranchers look forward to the ag fair to discover new ideas in agriculture. One of the exhibitor had a packet with a new type of water supply for livestock that seems to be working well for the ranchers. Attendees can find cost savings on fertilizer, seed, and farm chemicals

The Ag Fair was sponsored by the twenty-one exhibitors, according to Vale Community Club President Greg Wetz. The community club organized the event, he said. It was the first endeavor for the club as previous ag fairs had been held at a local business.

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“It’s also a fundraiser for the Vale Community Club,” he said. The Community Hall is in need of funds to keep the heat and lights going in the winter. It’s a good facility and is useful for the community, he added. The hall is open for Bingo in the Spring and Fall months and available for rental.

The members of the community club also served a lunch consisting of roast beef sandwiches and sides made by the members.

It may be cold outside, but farmers are already thinking about spring planting and making plans for the new year. The Vale Ag Fair just whetted their appetites for warmer weather.

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