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Can Learning New Skills Prevent Dementia?

Much of what we know about the brain we have learned in the past few decades. Michael C. Patterson and Roger Anunsen of “MindRamp Consulting” have compiled much of the research on brain health and developed an easy to follow model on how we can prevent dementia and memory loss. This article is the first in a series that will describe the different pieces of brain health that Patterson and Anunsen call “cog wheels”.

Wildlife and the Bottom Line

As the fall harvest wraps up and this year’s calf crop is weaned, many producers may be nervous about what their paychecks will look like for 2016. In tough market conditions, it can be tempting to try to squeeze just a bit more production out of the land.

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Safety

Food safety education is essential from field to table for entrepreneurs, consumers and businesses.

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Safety First this Harvest

December 17, 2018

Fall is a very busy time on most grain farms in South Dakota. In the hustle and bustle of running the combine, hauling grain and storing or selling the crop, it is easy to forget the importance of safety.

Equipment Safety

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David A. Thompson Endowed Chair of the Department of Dairy and Food Science Announced

December 17, 2018

John Killefer, South Dakota Corn Utilization Council Endowed Dean of the South Dakota State University College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences, is pleased to announce the David A. Thompson Endowed Department Chair of Dairy and Food Science.

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An identification guide to common Rangeland Insect Pests of South Dakota

The insects listed in this guide can be pests of rangeland in South Dakota. The best approach for preventing these pests from reaching damaging populations involves routine scouting.

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SDSU Extension Teams Up to Mitigate Harmful Algal Blooms Across the Midwest and Beyond

December 17, 2018

SDSU Extension staff and South Dakota State University faculty are currently serving on a regional team of professionals which are focused on mitigating Harmful Algal Blooms or HABs.

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Doctor's Orders! Get Outdoors & Get Active with the Park Prescription Project

December 17, 2018

Workdays are focused on helping his patients, young and old, feel better. But, when family practice doctor Chad Thury has some time for himself and his family, he likes to get outdoors and spend time in South Dakota's parks.

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SDSU Professors Collaborate to Publish Conservation Biology Book

December 18, 2018

Experience from 30 years of work led two South Dakota State University professors to collaborate with other experts in conservation biology to publish a book titled, “Genetic Management of Fragmented Animal and Plant Populations.”

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Great Plains Fire Tour Visits the Mid-Missouri River Prescribed Burn Association

December 18, 2018

A team of professional firefighters recently met with members of the Mid-Missouri River Prescribed Burn Association (MMRPBA), in Bonesteel as part of the Great Plains Fire Tour. The team included professional firefighters from various government agencies, non-profit organizations and international firefighting agencies.

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