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Board Fundamentals: Setting the Foundation

Effective meetings, clear procedures, and strong leadership are key components of a successful board foundation. Learn some expert tips for building and maintaining a highly effective board in your community.

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Strengthening Businesses

Is your business established, new or somewhere in between? Our team has resources for every stage.

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Energize! Lodging in Wessington Springs

In addition to the multitude of things that make the 2023 Energize! host community of Wessington Springs distinct, there is an abundance of unique lodging opportunities. Learn some of the countless benefits of staying local during your travels!

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Creating Vibrant Places

SDSU Extension’s community vitality team supports citizens in their efforts to enhance the qualities that make their community special.

2022 Energize Conference attendees.
May 31

ENERGIZE! Exploring Innovative Rural Communities Conference

SDSU Extension will host its fifth annual Energize! Exploring Innovative Rural Communities conference May 31-June 1 in Wessington Springs, South Dakota.

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Apply now to join the second cohort of AgritourismSD

January 26, 2023

Applications are now being accepted for the second year of AgritourismSD, an intensive educational program offered by South Dakota State University Extension.

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AgritourismSD Program

AgritourismSD is an intensive educational program designed to provide farmers and ranchers with the opportunity to create an enterprise that utilizes resources in different ways to generate new income streams.

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SDSU Extension to offer ‘Bringing the Farm to School’ Producer Trainings in Brookings and Rapid City

January 09, 2023

Farmers, ranchers, gardeners and local food processors can learn strategies for growing and selling their products to school nutrition programs at the Bringing the Farm to School: Local Producer Training Jan. 18-19 in Brookings or Feb. 14-15 in Rapid City.

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Connections: An Overlooked Factor in Startup Success

If you are considering starting a business, your community network will be one of your most-important tools. Learn some expert tips for connecting your business with your community today.

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SDSU Extension Releases Workforce Development Resources

October 24, 2022

SDSU Extension, in collaboration with Innovate SoDak and the Brookings Economic Development Corporation, has developed a workforce development course.