John and Bryan Moes ATV

Bryan and John Moes check cattle on ATV. The family won an Environmental Stewardship Award Program in 2018.

A day of farm and ranch tours around Watertown, South Dakota, followed by a panel discussion are all part of a Sustainability on the Farm and Ranch event Sept. 14.

The South Dakota Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee is hosting the event.

The day begins with a bus tour leaving at noon from Lake Area Technical Institute and making stops at MoDak Dairy and Moes Feedlot before ending back at Lake Area for dinner and a panel discussion.

"Each of the tour stops provide a look at diversified family operations within a few miles of Watertown," said Lowell Mesman, Farm Bureau West River Regional Manager and Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee coordinator.

Following dinner, a panel discussion will take place on what sustainability looks like at the farm and ranch. Panel members include: former South Dakota Ag Secretary Walt Bones, Chris Lee of Mustang Seeds, David Karki from South Dakota State University Extension, and Brian and Jamie Johnson of Frankfort, 2019 Leopold Conservation Award winners.

The event is free to Farm Bureau members and $20 for non-members.

To register, contact the Farm Bureau office at 605-353-8050. Questions can be submitted to

Event Schedule

Noon - Load Bus Lake Area Technical Institute (Parking lot north of the Agriculture & Environmental Center Building - Arrow Ave.)

12:30 p.m. Moes Feedlot Tour

2 p.m. Load Bus for MoDak Dairy

2:30 p.m. MoDak Dairy Tour

4 p.m. Load Bus

5 p.m. Social - Lake Area Technical Institute, Campus Event Center - 4th floor

5:30 p.m. Meal

6:30 p.m. Panel Discussion - Sustainability on the Farm & Ranch

Walt Bones, former South Dakota Secretary of Ag

Chris Lee - Mustang Seeds

David Karki - SDSU Extension Agronomy Field Specialist

Brian & Jamie Johnson - 2019 Leopold Conservation Winner

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