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Value-Added Ag Day on Aug. 30 at the South Dakota State Fair will feature wine tasting, a biotech forum, beading demonstration, specialty food demonstrations and retail shopping.

The activities are sponsored by the South Dakota Value-Added Ag Development Center, Governor's Office of Economic Development and state Department of Agriculture.

Richard Benda, Secretary of the Department of Tourism and State Development, said 38 vendors will be selling ag products. He said state will promote its South Dakota Certified Beef and Made in South Dakota programs.

One highlight of the day will be a wine pavilion sponsored by the Agriculture Department.

"South Dakota currently has more than a dozen wineries, and we felt this was the right time to highlight these companies," said Bill Even, Ag Department secretary. Seven of these wineries will be participating at the fair.

The day will also feature a Biotech Forum sponsored by the South Dakota Value-Added Ag Development Center. "Biotech is really the next generation of ag in South Dakota," said Cheri Rath, executive director of the VAADC.

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The Second Annual Taste the Flavor of South Dakota Chef's Competition and Demonstration will take place at the Women's Building at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. CDT. The event will bring together top chefs and specialty producers to create cuisine from South Dakota produce, according to the news release.

All events will take place in the Dakota Marketplace, Heartland Building, Women's Building, Value-Added Ag Specialty Tent or on the Freedom Stage.

For more information, visit www.sdvalueadded.coop

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