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SDSU Extension to Host Beef Quality Assurance Certification Course Dec. 28

December 23, 2021

SDSU Extension is offering two Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) certification trainings on Dec. 28 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. CST at the SDSU Extension Watertown Regional Center located at 1910 West Kemp Ave. in Watertown, South Dakota.

Adele Harty, Sara Bauder and Connie Strunk, pose with Pam Geppert, winner of the Friend of SDAAEP award.

South Dakota Agricultural Extension Professionals Present 2021 Awards

December 08, 2021

The South Dakota Association of Agricultural Extension Professionals announced the 2021 state and regional award winners at their annual meeting on Oct. 26. The association also presented its Friend of SDAAEP award to Dakota Farm Talk’s Pam Geppert.

Olivia Amundson, SDSU Extension Cow/ Calf Specialist, demonstrating an ultrasound machine to a group of 4-H youth.

SDSU Extension Hosts Cattle AI Day Camp at Cottonwood Field Station

December 03, 2021

Twenty 4-H youth involved in the beef project area traveled to the Cottonwood Field Station to participate in the South Dakota State University Extension Cattle AI Day Camp held Nov. 6.

a flock of sheep grazing in a field

SDSU Small Ruminant Team to Share Sheep, Goat Survey Results

December 02, 2021

The Sheep and Goat Needs Assessment Summary webinar will be held Friday, Dec. 17 at noon CST and will include information challenges to raising and marketing animals or animal products, and current industry demographics.

Several s'mores cupcakes arranged in a baking tin.

Grant County 4-H’er Masters Hobby, Launches New Cupcake Business

December 02, 2021

Baking and binge-watching baking shows has always been a hobby for Hope Karels. It wasn’t until two years ago that the Grant County 4-H’er felt the urge to perfect her cupcake confectionary skills.

Field pea cover crop blend growing in a field of corn residue.

Midwest Cover Crops Council Releases Third Edition Cover Crops Field Guide

November 29, 2021

Cover crops are used to slow erosion, improve soil health and capture nutrients. From planting to termination, growers face many production decisions, however.

Professional headshot of Lauren Sankey.

South Dakota 4-H Welcomes New Youth Program Advisor for Roberts County

November 29, 2021

South Dakota State University Extension has boosted its statewide 4-H programming efforts with the latest addition of 4-H Youth Program Advisor, Lauren Sankey.

Group of mixed beef heifers in spring pasture.

South Dakota BQA Trainer Certification Course Set for Dec. 13

November 24, 2021

Veterinarians that are current trainers, or those interested in becoming trainers, must attend a certification course with the State BQA Coordinator to offer in-person BQA certification trainings for producers.

Color-coded map indicating seasonal precipitation outlook for the United States from December 2021 to February 2022. For an in-depth description of this graphic, call SDSU Extension at 605-688-4792.

La Niña Expected to Influence 2021-22 Winter Climate

November 23, 2021

La Niña conditions have been officially declared this season by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), but what does that mean for South Dakota’s winter climate, and this year’s outlook in particular? 

South Dakota 4-H Program Director Tim Tanner with a group of 4-H youth on the grand staircase inside the South Dakota State Capitol.

South Dakota 4-H’ers Engage in Second Annual 4-H Legislative Session

November 24, 2021

A state-level civic and governmental education program, the second annual South Dakota 4-H Legislature Program concluded Oct. 16, with an in-person debate session held at the South Dakota State Capitol building in Pierre.

Group of mixed cattle behind a feedlot fence.

Last Chance to Register for Interstate Cattle Feeders Day

November 22, 2021

Sponsored by SDSU Extension and the University of Minnesota (UMN) Extension, the program highlights several timely topics addressing key feedlot production issues.

4-H member Olivia Miller discussing her mental health presentation with South Dakota 4-H Program Director Tim Tanner.

South Dakota 4-H’ers Step Up to End Mental Health Stigma

November 12, 2021

Hailey Stuck, Allison Fischer and Olivia Miller have certainly done their part in raising mental health awareness across the state over the last year, as each received a purple ribbon for their Mastery Showcase exhibits at the 2021 State Fair.

The 2021 Crop Hour team receiving the award for Excellence in Programming and Outreach at the annual SDSU Extension Fall Conference.

SDSU Extension Honors Staff, Team Members for Excellence in Service

November 10, 2021

Several South Dakota State University Extension professionals were recently recognized for their service, leadership and diversity in educational programming at the annual Fall Conference held Oct. 26-28 at the Swiftel Center in Brookings.

Newborn black angus calf with mother cow.

Impact of Reproductive Technologies on Herd Success Set for Nov. 23

November 03, 2021

South Dakota State University Extension will host a reproductive technology program for beef cow/calf producers on Nov. 23 at 10 a.m. CDT at the Watertown Regional Extension Center.

Book Cover: The Growing Season by Sarah Frey

SDSU Extension to Host Third Community-Focused Book Read

November 01, 2021

“The Growing Season: How I Built a New Life—and Saved an American Farm,” by Sarah Frey, will be the focus of the November/December book read.