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SDSU Extension

The Crop Hour webinars are designed to provide valuable information to producers and agribusiness people to improve efficiency and profitability within their businesses. Participants will have the opportunity to take in as many as 24 different sessions to hear about current crop production topics and issues, as well as learn from last year’s research while making plans for this year.

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Saving and Investing: Tools and Calculators

Both saving and investing are important parts of your financial life and there are distinct differences between the two.

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What is Farm to School and Early Care and Education?

Farm-to-school enriches the connection communities have with fresh, healthy food and local food producers by changing food purchasing and education practices at schools and early childhood education settings.

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How to Make a Safe, Ready-to-Eat Cookie Dough

Ready-to-eat cookie dough is a delicious snack or dessert that can be enjoyed, but only when made safely. This includes using commercially processed heat-treated flour, ready-to-eat ingredients and using good sanitary practices when making the cookie dough.

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Beef Carcass Yield Grades: What do they mean and how are they calculated?

Beef carcass yield grades are used to estimate cutability, which is the amount of boneless, closely trimmed retail cuts from the round, loin, rib and chuck a carcass will yield.

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Ready, Set, Manage Hay Differently

Feed is expensive and sometimes hard to find. Pasture prices, harvest expenses, hauling and waste add to the total feed bill. Evaluate your forage situation this winter and make changes that improve your profitability.

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Remote Work in 2022: Possibilities and Opportunities

As employers continue to address the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, the possibility of flexible work arrangements is likely to continue long into the future.

Featured Programs

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Crop Hour

SDSU Extension will deliver a series of virtual Crop Hour webinars Jan. 11 through Mar. 3, every Tuesday through Thursday from 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. CST.

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Commercial Pesticide Applicator Training

Those who apply pesticides for hire or as a government employee that applies pesticides while performing work duties, must have a commercial applicator license.

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South Dakota Remote Works

The South Dakota Remote Works program is designed to equip workers with the tools and skills needed to work from home as a remote worker, freelancer, or entrepreneur.

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 2021 South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension Farm Real Estate Market Survey is the 31st 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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Commercial Pesticide Applicator Training

Those who apply pesticides for hire or as a government employee that applies pesticides while performing work duties, must have a commercial applicator license.

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Beef: Best Management Practices for Cow-Calf Production

This comprehensive book provides producers with insight and education into the latest beef management, handling practices and technology.

Upcoming Events

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Jan 25

Commercial Applicator Training @ Aberdeen

SDSU Extension will host commercial applicator training in Aberdeen at the Dakota Event Center.

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Jan 25

2022 Heirlooms: Creative Life Story Writing Workshops @ Creative Life Story Writing

South Dakota State University Extension will be hosting the 2022 Creative Life Story Writing Workshops, a 3-part zoom webinar, running from Jan. 25 to Oct. 20 2022.

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Jan 25

Crop Hour: Sunflower Webinars

Would you like to learn more about sunflower management? Join us Jan. 25, 26 and 27 at 10:00 a.m. CST.

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Jan 26

Commercial Applicator Training @ Brookings

SDSU Extension will host commercial applicator training in Brookings at the Swiftel Center.