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End of Life Documents You Should Have in Place

COVID-19 infection and mortality rates fill the news programs. Across South Dakota and the nation, people are have made changes to their lifestyle and the way they accomplish many everyday activities. In response to this illness and the potential for long-term hospitalization and even death, individuals over 18 should also ensure their end of life documents are up-to-date.

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SDSU Extension to Host Summer Farm Stress Series

May 24, 2021

South Dakota State University Extension is launching additional virtual farm stress workshops to promote mental health awareness from May throughout the summer.

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South Dakota Virtual Farm to School Tour

Take a virtual tour exploring Farm to School programs throughout South Dakota.

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Ask Our Food and Family Experts

If you have a question related to food or families, our team of experts is ready to help.

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SDSU Extension Partners with Grocers for Double Up Dakota Bucks

February 22, 2021

Some South Dakota grocery stores are now offering participants of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) a chance to double up on fresh fruits and vegetables.

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How to Make a Safe, Ready-to-Eat Cookie Dough

Ready-to-eat cookie dough is a delicious snack or dessert that can be enjoyed, but only when made safely. This includes using commercially processed heat-treated flour, ready-to-eat ingredients and using good sanitary practices when making the cookie dough.

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SDSU Extension Welcomes Anna Barr as Farm to School Specialist

July 12, 2021

A native of Newton, Iowa, Anna Barr brings broad expertise to the position as Extension’s first Farm to School Nutrition Field Specialist.

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Water Bathing vs. Pressure Canning

Water bathing and pressure canning are two common ways to preserve foods by canning. These techniques use heat processing to preserve foods, and which technique you use depends on the acidity of the food.

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Testing Dial Pressure Canner Gauges

For accuracy before use, it is recommended that dial gauges get tested each year. Gauges that read high cause under-processing and may result in unsafe food.

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Farmers Market Food Safety: Health & Hygiene

Health, hygiene and hand washing apply to all stages of production, processing and marketing. Ill food handlers can easily contaminate fresh produce with disease-causing microorganisms. Many of these organisms have the capability to survive on fresh fruits and vegetables for an extended time, from several days to weeks. Once the organism is established on fresh produce, it is very hard to remove.