South Dakota Farmers Union (SDFU) is calling on farm and ranch families to participate in the 2021 growing season photo contest. The Farm & Ranch Families of South Dakota Contest runs May 1 through December 1. All entries are eligible to win $250.

“This contest is a fun way to highlight the people behind our state’s number one industry,” Karla Hofhenke, SDFU executive director, said. “We’re looking for photos of family members engaged in farm and ranch work – you know, tagging calves, planting soybeans, cutting hay, scouting soybeans, harvesting corn – the day-in day-out work that is South Dakota agriculture.”

To enter, visit May 1 or after and submit photos that highlight a farmer or rancher at work. Each photo submitted enters you into a drawing for $250. Throughout the contest, photos will be featured on SDFU website and South Dakota Farmers Union Facebook page.

“Farming is a sunrise to sunset, 365-days all day, everyday job,” Lexi Johnson, a De Smet Kindergarten teacher and farmer who won the fall 2020 photo contest drawing, said. Johnson was among the many family farmers and ranchers to submit photos to the 2020 contest, showcasing life on South Dakota farms and ranches.

“As a grassroots agriculture organization, we are always looking for ways to support farm and ranch families and share their stories – whether that is through policy, education, media or fun contests like this one,” Hofhenke said.

To learn more about Johnson and view a slideshow of the more than 100 contributed photos, visit and click on the Photo Contest link under the News/Events tab.

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