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SDSU Extension Continues Outreach Efforts During COVID-19 Pandemic

April 03, 2020

BROOKINGS, S.D. - While offices throughout the state are closed, SDSU Extension experts remain available remotely and encourage the public to reach out to them via email or by phone. In response to Governor Noem’s most recent executive order, and in collaboration with the South Dakota Board of Regents and South Dakota State University guidance, all SDSU Extension regional centers will be closed through May 15, 2020.

SDSU Extension will not deliver face-to-face programming through May 15. Extension professionals will continue to provide educational information and technical assistance to all clientele through telephone, the SDSU Extension website, social media pages, news releases, radio and other appropriate means. Updates and cancellations are available on the SDSU Extension events page.

SDSU Extension is the outreach arm of South Dakota State University and its College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences. SDSU Extension’s mission is to provide non-biased, research-based education and information to citizens across the state. This educational information is categorized across content areas including food, families, 4-H youth development, community vitality, agriculture and natural resources.

"I appreciate the patience and understanding shown to us as we deal with this ever-evolving situation. The health and safety of our staff, program participants and communities is of utmost of importance.”

— SDSU Extension Director Karla Trautman

In order to best serve the public, a list of contact information has been provided for each of the program areas below:

Visit the SDSU Extension homepage information for a variety of educational information and tools from extension professionals working in agriculture and natural resources, community vitality, food and families and 4-H youth development.

For information applicable to managing the COVID-19 environment, visit the Covid response page.

To reach extension professionals, visit the Experts page to access titles, contact information and their most recently published content.

4-H: To communicate with 4-H during this time, please email with a detailed message and the appropriate local or state 4-H professional will respond via email as soon as possible.

SDSU Extension Regional Centers:

To leave a request for assistance at your nearest SDSU Extension regional center, contact them at:

  • Aberdeen Regional Extension Center: (605) 626-2870
  • Lemmon Regional Extension Center: (605) 374-4177
  • Mitchell Regional Extension Center: (605) 995-7378
  • Pierre Regional Extension Center: (605) 773-8120
  • West River Research and Extension (Rapid City): (605) 394-1722
  • Sioux Falls Regional Extension Center: (605) 782-3290
  • Watertown Regional Extension Center: (605) 882-5140
  • Winner Regional Extension Center: (605) 842-1267

SDSU Extension Radio Network: Covering Every Acre in South Dakota

Tune into the following 10 stations during ag hour for SDSU Extension news and updates each week Monday through Friday.

  • KBHB 810 AM Sturgis
  • KBJM 1400 AM Lemmon
  • KGFX 1060 AM Pierre
  • KJJQ 910 AM Brookings
  • KMIT 105.9 FM Mitchell
  • KSDN 930 AM Aberdeen
  • KWAT 950 AM Watertown
  • KWYR 1260 AM Winner
  • KXRB 1140 AM Sioux Falls
  • WNAX 570 AM Yankton

Connect with us on social media:

Many of our program teams will continue sharing content and program information via social media. To learn more, like and follow our program teams on the following Facebook pages:

  • SDSU Extension
  • SDSU Extension Food & Families
  • SDSU Extension Community Vitality
  • South Dakota 4-H
  • SDSU Extension Agronomy
  • SDSU Extension Feed & Forage Finder
  • SDSU Extension Beef Cattle
  • SDSU Extension Master Gardeners
  • I-29 Moo University

“For over 100 years, SDSU Extension has fulfilled its mission of delivering science-based education to South Dakota communities,” said Trautman. “We will not waiver on that promise during this challenging time. Our services continue. We are, however, adjusting our delivery of programs and services in order to protect the health of extension personnel and the public. Be on the lookout for new information and invitations to exciting opportunities in the coming days and weeks. Be sure to visit our website to connect or to access our online learning resources. Contact information is also available for our professionals who are ready and willing to answer questions or direct you to the information you need.”