South Dakota’s Unofficial Ag Capital

Every South Dakota town looks like a farm town. The skylines are grain elevators and pickups outnumber autos in the car dealerships. Still, Huron is in a category all its own. The state’s leading farm groups, Farm Bureau and Farmers Union, are both headquartered in Huron. It’s also home to the state fair (which is still a “dirt fair,” meaning cattle, hogs and sheep remain the main attraction). Huron is home to the state USDA offices and two of South Dakota’s leading livestock auction barns operate here — Huron Continental Marketing on the west side and Magness Livestock Market on the east. For a closeup look at the livestock industry, sit in on a cattle sale; it’s a piece of Americana lost to many heartland communities, but alive and thriving in Huron.

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