South Dakota is the 17th most expansive, but the 5th least populous and the 5th least densely populated of the 50 United States. Once the southern part of the Dakota Territory, South Dakota became a state on November 2, 1889, simultaneously with North Dakota. Pierre is the state capital and Sioux Falls, with a population of about 171,000, is South Dakota’s largest city.
The current-dollar gross state product of South Dakota was US$39.8 billion as of 2010, the fifth smallest total state output in the US. The per capita personal income was $38,865. CNBC’s list of “Top States for Business for 2010” has recognized South Dakota as the seventh best state in the nation.
Agriculture has historically been a key component of the South Dakota economy. Although other industries have expanded rapidly in recent decades, agricultural production is still very important to the state’s economy, especially in rural areas. 

State Department of Agriculture
Our Mission: To promote, protect and preserve South Dakota agriculture for today and tomorrow. Assists the state’s producers in identifying and developing appropriate opportunities for South Dakota. Emphasis is placed on value enhanced opportunities for the state’s agricultural products, both raw and partially processed. The scope can include manufacturing of food, fiber, forestry, feed or livestock utilization of products.

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Dakota’s Best offers the largest selection of Dakota made products! Dakota’s Best carries a variety of Dakota Made meat products and other delicious products like Dakota Made Salsa, Dakota Made Cheese, Mustard, Jellies and so much more!Dakota’s Best also specializes in private labeling, corporate gifts, and special occasion baskets. Dakota’s Best can make your holiday gift giving easy offering “Everything Under The Dakota Sun!”

Baskets Unlimited, established in 1987, has been owned and operated by Jan & Lorren Weber since 1995. We have since changed the name of the business to South Dakota Baskets Unlimited.South Dakota Baskets Unlimited is located at Mina Lake, Mina, SD, where products can be purchased individually or baskets can be custom designed while you wait. Jan & Lorren are especially proud of their gift baskets and gift boxes filled with some of our state’s finest products and novelties.