SDALT is a joint effort of the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association, South Dakota Grasslands Coalition, South Dakota Conservation Districts, and South Dakota Farm Bureau. We are farmers and ranchers who understand the conservation needs of South Dakota’s agricultural community.
Why conserve working lands?
South Dakota’s lifestyle, heritage, and economy have always had a profound connection to the land and water. From the rich soils and prairie potholes in the east to the rolling prairies and the mountains in the west, our varied landscape has provided a home for people, livestock, and wildlife. Our farm and ranch heritage built a place of strong community connections – where families can thrive, where neighbors help neighbors, and where visitors are greeted with hospitality.
With continued stewardship this remarkable place we call home can continue to do all those things for the benefit of future South Dakotans.
It starts with farmers and ranchers.
In South Dakota, 97% of farms are family owned and operated. More than 2,500 South Dakota farms have been in the same family for more than 100 years. SDALT offers tools to help today’s farmers and ranchers continue this legacy for future generations.
As an organization founded by South Dakota farmers and ranchers, SDALT understands the needs of the state’s agricultural community. By focusing on working agricultural lands conservation, SDALT will promote the sustainability of farms and ranches, benefit the landowners who steward them, and help protect the natural resources they provide.
SDALT will work with landowners to conserve South Dakota’s agricultural heritage and working landscapes for the benefit of future generations.