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Welcome to the new SDSU Extension website!

The original website served as a great tool for many years, but it was time for an upgrade. After all the changes, one thing will stay the same: SDSU Extension experts will continue to use the website as a learning platform, sharing timely production recommendations, updates and educational resources.

We hope you take extra time to look through our new content and features (especially the search). Don't worry, we brought a lot of information from the old website and will continue to add more resources daily.

This website will appear best on the latest version of the following browsers: Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Safari.

Hundreds of users just like you contributed feedback to help us build this website. Email SDSU Extension to tell us your favorite features, provide suggestions or ask a question.

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Both livestock and crops are essential to South Dakota's agricultural industry.

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4-H is the nation’s largest youth development organization, involving young people in urban, suburban and rural communities. 4-H fosters an innovative, “learn by doing” approach with proven results.

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Garden & Yard

Flowers, vegetables, trees, and lawns - learn how to improve your landscape, control weeds and insects and bring the bounty of your garden to your family’s dinner table.

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Linking nutrition education, physical activity and food preparation is a great way to help families and children learn how to eat healthier and improve wellness.

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Our programs are designed to improve the quality of life for individuals and families, and the communities in which they live, work, and play

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Resources to support communities, organizations, leaders and businesses.

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Further Reading

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Science of Agriculture - Quick Start Guide

This Quick Start Guide is adapted from the University of Minnesota 4-H Science of Agriculture Response Challenge Guide which was modeled after one from FIRST® LEGO® League. This guide is meant to help navigate the complete Science of Agriculture program; from recruiting team members all the way through celebrating at the end of the season, this guide contains suggestions to help along the way.

4-H STEM, Youth Agriculture, Youth Science, Science of Agriculture

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Living Christmas Tree Alternatives

Living Christmas trees are not a new concept. Often this means buying a potted or balled and burlaped, normally hardy tree, from a local nursery, then bringing it into the home, right before Christmas to enjoy for a week or so before planting it out in the landscape.


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SDSU Extension beefSD Class 4 Announced

SDSU Extension beefSD program is excited to announce the Class 4 line up for the 2018-2020 program. Twenty-nine South Dakota cattle producers from 18 ranching and farming operations from across the state were selected.

Beef Cattle

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Health Savings Account vs. Flexible Savings Account: Which is best for me?

Having a health insurance plan does not mean that all medical expenses are covered. Health savings accounts (HSA) and flexible savings accounts (FSA) are designed to help consumers budget for deductibles, co-pays, prescription costs, out-of-pocket costs, and other unexpected medical expenses.

Family Finances

Upcoming Events

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Jan 16

2019 Winter Agronomy Meeting @ Tyndall

SDSU Extension will host an agronomy meeting on Jan 16 at 2:30 PM CST at the Tyndall Community Center (1609 Laurel St., Tyndall, SD 57006).

Soybean, Wheat, Corn, Oats, Oilseed, Sorghum, Sunflower, Crop Management, Crop Treatments, Economics

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Aug 16

State 4-H Rodeo

Come to Fort Pierre in August to cheer on the 4-H members competing in South Dakota's State Sport: rodeo.

4-H Rodeo