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Ticks Becoming Active in South Dakota

The arrival of spring in South Dakota means warmer weather and more outdoor activities. However, it also brings an increase in tick activity.

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Enjoying the Outdoors Without Tick and Mosquito Bites

Outdoor activities seem extra inviting this time of year, and many people are already enjoying the long days and warmer temperatures. Ticks and mosquitoes share the outdoors with us, but there are things you can do to prevent bites from both.

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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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Gardening Modifications for People With Limitations

Raised beds can increase accessibility for gardeners dealing with physical or spatial limitations.