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Published August 06, 2013, 02:34 PM

Dakotafest agricultural trade show has new owner

South Dakota's annual Dakotafest agricultural trade show near Mitchell has a new owner.

By: Associated Press,

MITCHELL, S.D. — The annual Dakotafest agricultural trade show near Mitchell has a new owner.

The Washington, D.C.-based American Farm Bureau Federation has confirmed its purchase of Cygnus Business Media’s agricultural events and publications. Terms were not disclosed.

Dakotafest runs Aug. 20 to 22 at the Schlaffman Farm just southeast of Mitchell, S.D. The show’s booths are sold out, with 685 vendors signed on for 2013, up from 585 a year ago. It began in 1996 with 318 vendors.

American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman says the publications and events will create additional opportunities for the organization to serve farmers, ranchers and those looking to connect with them.

The events and publications will operate as part of the IDEAg Group LLC subsidiary.

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