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Ty Tuff Goat Tying Challenge coming to the SD State Fair

HURON, SD – For the first time, the Ty Tuff Goat Tying Challenge is coming to the South Dakota State Fair on Friday, Aug. 30, 2019, in the North Arena with $3,000 added money.

In the past, the Ty Tuff Challenge has only been hosted in North Dakota and referred to as the “World’s Richest Goat Tying” due to its massive entry numbers and added money. This will be the first time the Challenge has been in South Dakota.

“When we have the opportunity, we always try to bring in something new, so we were excited to work with Ty Tuff organizers to bring this event to the fair,” commented Peggy Besch, State Fair manager.

The Ty Tuff Challenge entries are due Aug. 19, with late entries accepted until Aug. 26. For additional information and entry forms, visit the or the Ty Tuff Challenge Facebook Page.

Other performance events include the SD Stock Dog Association Stock Dog Trials, Team Penning, Team Sorting, Team Roping, Barrel Racing, Ranch Rodeo and the SD Timed Event Championship Rodeo. For more information on any of the events, go to or call the State Fair Office at 605.353.7340.

The 2019 South Dakota State Fair will run from Thursday, Aug. 29, through Monday, Sept. 2. Channel Seeds Preview Day will be Wednesday, Aug. 28. This year’s theme is “There’s No Time Like Fair Time.” For more information on State Fair events, contact the fair office at 800.529.0900, visit or find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Agriculture is a major contributor to South Dakota’s economy, generating $32.5 billion in annual economic activity and employing over 132,000 South Dakotans. The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s mission is to promote, protect and preserve South Dakota agriculture for today and tomorrow. Visit us online at or find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.


GOED launches newest version of Real Wage Calculator

PIERRE, SD – The Governor’s Office of Economic Development has released its newest version of the Real Wage Calculator. The newly released version uses 2018 state and federal income tax laws and rates, as well as the most recent 2019 Regional Price Parities (RPP).

“There are a lot of wage calculators out there that only adjust gross wages by cost of living. Only the South Dakota Real Wage Calculator accounts for the impact state and federal taxes have on wages,” said Steve Westra, Commissioner, Governor’s Office of Economic Development. “The true measure of how well you’re paid is not your gross pay; rather it is how much you can buy with your wages after the government takes its share.”

The Real Wage Calculator starts with gross wages, then accurately computes and subtracts federal and state taxes to arrive at take-home pay. Take-home pay is then adjusted for cost of living to determine a job’s purchasing power. Users can compare multiple job offers to see which job really pays the best.

The tax calculations were developed by a public accounting firm and are accurate for a single filer, with no dependents, who uses the standard deduction.

Cost of living calculations utilize the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis’ Regional Price Parities which allows users to compare all fifty states and over 400 cities nationwide.

To try the South Dakota Wage Calculator out and for more information, visit


Research and Engineering launches two new public websites

The Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (R&E) launched two new websites to provide information on how two of its directorates support OUSD(R&E)’s mission to foster technological dominance across the Department of Defense and ensure the advantage of the American warfighter.

The first web site,, for the Directorate of Defense Research and Engineering for Research and Technology (DDR&E (R&T)), includes the latest research and technology through science and technology research programs needed to ensure U.S. technological superiority, the DOD laboratories infrastructure, federally funded research institutions, and programs that help cultivate the next generation of science and technology professionals for the department, among others significant areas. The website also spotlights DDR&E (R&T)’s offices and programs: Research Technology and Laboratories, Strategic Technology Protection and Exploitation, Defense Technical Information Center, Reliance 21, DOD STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and its outreach efforts.

DDR&E (R&T) leads the DOD’s science and technology (S&T) enterprise effort to rapidly develop and mature key technologies to ensure warfighter dominance. DDR&E(R&T) is responsible for the department’s research and technology investments, and the science and technology portfolio. It ensures that DOD (S&T) is postured to develop the next generation of game-changing technologies and enable rapid delivery of superior capabilities to the warfighter.

The second new website,,highlights the work of the Directorate of Defense Research and Engineering for Advanced Capabilities (DDR&E (AC)), the primary technology transition enabler within the DOD that bridges the divide between technology discovery and capability fielding for the warfighter. DDR&E (AC) recognizes, identifies, explores and ensures the development, integration and funding of new technology and capabilities to maintain U.S. technological superiority. The directorate maintains a focus on the innovative application of technology and works with a robust network of transition partners within and external to the DOD to mitigate gaps through accelerated prototyping, demonstration, and fielding – with the ultimate goal of operational sustainment. The website also features its primary offices, including: Developmental Test, Evaluation and Prototyping, Chief Engineer for Advanced Capabilities and Test Resource Management Center.