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SDSU Extension welcomes new horticulture assistant at McCrory Gardens

South Dakota State University Extension is pleased to announce Sydney Trio as a new Horticulture Assistant based at McCrory Gardens in Brookings.

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Preparing Turkey for the Holidays

The holidays often involve preparing turkey. Planning ahead to safely prepare and roast a turkey will relieve some of the cooking stress associated with the holidays. Safe food handling is important for the health of you and your family.

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Teaching Kids To Be Grateful

Research shows that gratitude plays a big part in our well-being and can even reduce stress and depression over time. So how can we start teaching our children gratitude starting at birth?

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Thankfulness: Creating a Culture of Gratitude

Why should we create a culture of gratitude? Research shows that feeling appreciated creates more-productive environments at work, as well as healthier, more long-lasting relationships. Learn some expert tips for getting started this holiday season!

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Planning for Holiday Expenses on a Tight Budget

The holidays are a time to spend with family and friends sharing good food and gifts. Unfortunately, this time of sharing can create stress for individuals and families who are living on a tight budget. Planning ahead and making decisions about spending will help the holidays be more enjoyable.

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Breeding Ewe Lambs

Breeding ewe lambs can lead to an increase in the long-term flock productivity and profitability. Learn some expert tips to help determine whether breeding ewes is the right fit for your operation.

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.

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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 15

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 02

4-H Shooting Sports Coaches Training - Rifle, Pistol @ Marshall County

SDSU Extension will host a 4-H Shooting Sports Coaches Training for the rifle and pistol disciplines on Saturday, December 2 beginning at 8:00 a.m. CST at the Marshall County Community Building (909 Main St., Britton, SD 57430).

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Dec 01

Northern Plains Forage Association Annual Meeting

The Northern Plains Forage Association will host its annual meting and educational seminars on December 1, 2023 at the Brandon Holiday Inn Express (1103 N Splitrock Blvd, Brandon, SD 57005).

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Dec 08

Precision Livestock Management Field Day

SDSU Extension will host a Precision Livestock Management Field Day on Friday, December 8 from 8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at the Cow-Calf Education and Research Facility (2901 Western Ave, Brookings, SD 57006).