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Latest Recommendations

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A Guide to Drying Foods

Fact sheet about drying foods

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Spend Time Playing During Christmas Break!

This Christmas break, challenge yourself to take time to play with your child and be present with them. Remember that experiences, no matter how big or little, will be the memories you and your child will remember for years to come!

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Adopt a Cow

Virtual program for students to follow their "adopted" cow and calf through-out the school year.

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SWOT Analysis for Your Ranch (And Don’t Forget About Yourself)

Completing a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) analysis allows you to evaluate your operation's current position and decide on management strategies to achieve your goals for the next year. Learn how to get started today!

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Winter Grazing

The predominant factor in winter grazing is ensuring adequate forage availability while considering long-term range health. When managed correctly, grazing winter range can be a viable option for controlling feed costs without negatively impacting rangelands.

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Chicks in the Classroom

Materials for teaching chicken embryology to Kindergarten – 4th grade.

Featured Programs

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South Dakota Cottage Home Processing Food Safety

The Cottage Home Processing Food Safety course serves as the approved food safety training for HB1322.

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Agriculture Behavioral Health Voucher Program

The voucher program provides funding for free mental health counseling services to farm families.

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Farm to School

Farm to school provides an opportunity for youth in early childcare, educational settings, after-school programs and other settings to experience local foods.

Further Reading

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South Dakota Pest Management Guides

The South Dakota Pest Management guides are now available for free. The guides offer recommendations for controlling weeds, insects, and diseases in a variety of South Dakota crops.

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South Dakota Agricultural Land Market Trends

The 2022 South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension Farm Real Estate Market Survey is the 32nd annual survey of agricultural land values and cash rental rates by land use and quality in different regions of South Dakota.

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Fertilizer Recommendation Guide

SDSU Extension fertilizer recommendations are based on field research in South Dakota and neighboring states.

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Understanding Western South Dakota Prairie Streams

This document provides information and guidance for landowners and land managers in western South Dakota who are managing small intermittent streams.

Upcoming Events

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Dec 16

Ag Economic Dialogues - December

This free, 1-hour webinar was created to assist farmers and ranchers in making the best and most profitable decisions for their operations.

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Dec 17

4-H Shooting Sports Coaches Training @ Faulk County

SDSU Extension will host a 4-H Shooting Sports Coaches Training on Saturday, December 17 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CST in Faulkton, South Dakota.

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Dec 17

4-H Shooting Sports Coaches Training @ Brookings County

SDSU Extension will host a 4-H Shooting Sports Coaches Training on Saturday, December 17 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CST in Brookings, South Dakota.

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Dec 15

4-H Camp Gift Certificate Sales

Give the gift of camp! South Dakota 4-H invites loved ones to purchase a gift certificate for their camper to attend 2023 4-H summer camps.