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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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Ag Land Assessment

The Ag Land Highest and Best Use (HBU) study was funded by a special appropriation in the 2016 Legislative Session (HB1007).

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Resources for Consumers Whose Income is Interrupted

An interruption in income can make a well-planned spending plan a useless financial tool.

Family Finances

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South Dakota Agricultural Land Market Trends, 1991-2018

The 2018 SDSU Extension Farm Real Estate Market Survey is the 28th annual survey of agricultural land values and cash rental rates by land use and quality in different regions of South Dakota.

Agricultural Land Value, Cash Rent

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