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Ag Business

Modern agriculture requires savvy financial planning and strategy. SDSU Extension's agricultural economics experts are your source for operating techniques and business skills to improve your bottom line.

Ag Economic Dialogues

Ag Economic Dialogues was created to assist farmers and ranchers in making the best and most profitable decisions for their operations. Each month, several topics will be covered during a free, 1-hour webinar which begins at 10:00 a.m. CST. Producers can engage with our experts from the comfort and convenience of their own chair, tractor or combine.

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Featured Resources

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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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Monthly Cattle Prices and Basis Levels

Effective marketing and risk management techniques often rely on sound benchmarks. Those marketing cattle need reasonable metrics to evaluate received and expected prices.

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Strategic and Scenario Planning in Ranching: Managing Risk in Dynamic Times

A changing marketplace, price volatility, labor availability, record high feeder calf prices, the effects of the ethanol industry: How will your ranch operation adapt?

In The Cattle Markets

Matthew Diersen, Professor & SDSU Extension Risk/Business Management Specialist, is a contributing author for In The Cattle Markets. This weekly report, issued by the Livestock Marketing Information Center, features the expertise of Texas A&M, Mississippi State University, Colorado State University, University of Wisconsin - River Falls, South Dakota State University and University of Nebraska - Lincoln.

Upcoming Events

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Apr 19

Ag Economic Dialogues - April

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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May 21

International Farm Transition Network - Being Intentional With Your Capital

SDSU Extension and the International Farm Transition Network (IFTN) will hold an online training session on May 21 at 10:00 a.m. CDT. This session will help business owners and families take a closer look at the role life insurance can play in their financial lives by utilizing strategies most are unaware of.

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Jun 05

International Farm Transition Network - Annual Conference

The 2024 International Farm Transition Network (IFTN) Annual Conference will take place June 5-6 in Richmond, VA.