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SDSU Extension welcomes new horticulture field specialist

February 02, 2024
Robin Buterbaugh smiles at the camera while standing in front of a body of water with trees in the distant background

BROOKINGS, S.D. – South Dakota State University Extension is pleased to welcome Robin Buterbaugh as a new horticulture field specialist. 

Buterbaugh’s areas of expertise are vegetable gardening and local food production, along with native plant and pollinator habitats. Working with the SDSU Extension horticulture team, Buterbaugh will develop outreach programming to consumers in gardening and native plant landscaping. 

She will be based at McCrory Gardens in Brookings and the SDSU Extension Sioux Falls Regional Center.

“I'm extremely excited to work with the community on everything garden-related,” Buterbaugh said. “I love talking with homeowners, businesses and local government about transforming unused greenspace to productive areas by growing food, incorporating edible landscaping and creating pollinator habitats with native plants.”
Buterbaugh received a master’s degree in biological sciences with a specialization in natural resource management from SDSU and served as a graduate assistant in the SDSU Native Plant Initiative. As part of her graduate work, Buterbaugh worked with the city of Brookings and the South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum in Brookings to design and install native plant landscaping in the community.

Originally from Redfield, South Dakota, Buterbaugh is a longtime Brookings resident. Prior to completing her natural resources management degree, Buterbaugh earned a master’s in microbiology/veterinary science and worked as a veterinary microbiologist at RTI Lab LLC in Brookings. 
“Robin Buterbaugh comes to SDSU Extension with strong expertise in consumer horticulture and native plants,” said SDSU Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources Senior Program Leader and Professor Sandy Smart. “We are excited to have Robin join SDSU Extension and help increase the local food movement and reimagine urban settings with native plants in South Dakota.”

For more information, contact Robin Buterbaugh, SDSU Extension Horticulture Field Specialist.