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Feeding for the Future: Maternal Protein Intake

Maternal nutrition is extremely important, not only to the cow, but also to its unborn calf, which relies solely on its mother for nutrition. Learn some expert tips for getting your cows and their calves off to a great start.

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Gardening Helps Promote Good Nutrition and a Healthy Relationship With Food

Growing different fruits and vegetables can encourage us to try new foods, cook new recipes, be mindful of where our food comes from, and enjoy healthy and fresh food with family or friends.

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The Importance of Becoming a Registered Provider

Are you thinking of starting a daycare, or are you currently operating a childcare practice? Many parents and families look for places that are registered and licensed.

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2023 USDA Plant Hardiness Zones

Winter and spring are a great time for planning new garden and landscape designs. Learn how recent updates to the USDA Plant Hardiness Zones may have South Dakota gardeners feeling extra adventurous when selecting new plants for their gardens this season!

The four members of the South Dakota FCS Skill-a-Thon stand with their green ribbons and holding a white sign that says FCS Skill-a-Thon at the 2024 National 4-H FCS Championship and Conference

4-H members from SD place at national FCS contest

South Dakota’s family and consumer sciences skill-a-thon team won fourth place overall and placed second in the life skills assessment, and Lake County 4-H member Sophia Sudenga placed second in presentation for constructed outfits in fashion revue at the 2024 National 4-H FCS Championship and Conference.

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The Economic Impact of Cooperatives in South Dakota

This report estimates the economic impact of cooperatives in South Dakota in 2022. The report’s estimates are based on an input-output analysis from a South Dakota State University (SDSU) survey of cooperatives operating in South Dakota conducted in June of 2023.

Our Impact

As the outreach arm of our state’s land grant, South Dakota State University, SDSU Extension is able to provide farmers, ranchers, agri-business people, communities, families and youth with the research-based information they need to succeed.

    216,854

    Individuals Reached

    $5,909,271.50

    Value of Volunteer Hours

    114,099

    Adult and Youth Educational Contacts

Explore Our Impacts

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 2023 South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension Farm Real Estate Market Survey is the 33rd 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.

A low-gradient prairie river that is very meandering.

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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Feb 21

Regional Farm to School Buyer-Grower Summit @ Aberdeen

SDSU Extension and Child and Adult Nutrition Services-Department of Education will host an in-person farm to school buyer-grower summit on February 21, 2024, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at the SDSU Extension Aberdeen Regional Center. 

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Feb 29

2024 Commercial Applicator Training Online Course

Commercial applicators may complete this online course to renew their license between now and February 29, 2024.

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Mar 01

The Power of Women as AgVocates Conference

SDSU Extension will host the Power of Women as AgVocates Conference, March 1-2 at the Casey Tibbs Rodeo Center Museum (210 Verendrye Dr, Fort Pierre, SD 57532).

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Mar 05

Sustaining the Legacy @ Watertown

SDSU Extension will host a three-day estate planning and farm succession conference on March 5, 12 and 19, 2024 at the SDSU Extension Watertown Regional Center (1910 W. Kemp Ave., Watertown, SD 57201).