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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 2022 South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension Farm Real Estate Market Survey is the 32nd 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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Jan 05

Sustaining the Legacy @ Yankton

Join SDSU Extension and industry professionals for a three-day estate planning and farm succession conference on January 5, 12, and 19, 2023 at Best Western Kelly Inn (1607 East Highway 50, Yankton, SD, 57078).

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Feb 07

Sustaining the Legacy @ Pierre

Join SDSU Extension and industry professionals for a three-day estate planning and farm succession conference on February 7, 14, and 21, 2023 at Red Rossa Conference Center (808 West Sioux Avenue, Suite 200, Pierre, SD, 57501).

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Feb 17

Ag Economic Dialogues - February

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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Jan 20

Ag Economic Dialogues - January

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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Jan 24

International Farm Transition Network Training - Taxes

SDSU Extension and the International Farm Transition Network (IFTN) are holding an online training session discussing farm transitions and their impact on taxes on Tuesday, January 24 from noon to 1:00 p.m. CST.