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Effecting Change Towards Economic Growth

During 2018 the main driver for South Dakota's economic growth continued to be agriculture. It is still the number one industry, with almost $20 billion in impact yearly. In today’s uncertain economic environment, two things can help farmers succeed: information and knowledge.

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Community Vitality Newsletter

SDSU Extension's Community Vitality Newsletter includes resources to enhance communities and improve their capacity to flourish.

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Energize! Conference Keynote Speaker to Share Ideas for Rallying Rural Communities

April 15, 2019

Brent Comstock, a rural Nebraskan, is the founder of one of the most successful rural-based tech companies in the Midwest. He will be the keynote speaker during the 2019 Energize! Exploring Innovative Rural Communities Conference, held in in Lemmon April 30-May1, 2019

Community Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Developing Communities, Small Businesses, Business Development

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Innovative Community Efforts Showcased During Upcoming Energize! Conference in Lemmon

April 15, 2019

A Chislic Festival in Freeman, a unique charity-focused music venue in Spearfish, and a grassroots effort bringing new ideas to Highmore, are three community development success stories occurring around the state. How have they done it and what can other communities learn and apply from these efforts? Community leaders and individuals are invited to attend the upcoming Energize! Conference being held April 30-May1, 2019 in Lemmon, to find out.

Community Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Developing Communities, Small Businesses, Business Development

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Energize! Conference to Highlight How Rural Communities are Addressing Housing, Healthcare and Other Issues

April 15, 2019

Providing quality housing and healthcare services will be the focus of the Energize! Conference held April 30 - May 1, 2019 in Lemmon. The event is cohosted by SDSU Extension Community Vitality Team and the Lemmon community.

Community Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Developing Communities, Small Businesses, Business Development

Julie Ross, Co-owner, Good Roots Farm & Gardens, Brookings, SD

Agritourism and Value-Added Agriculture: Legacy of a Tired Old Barn and 40 Acres

Driven by consumer interest, a growing numbers of farmers across the United States are embracing agritourism to improve their economic sustainability.

Vern Hanson, Faulkton Health Care System Board Member

Funding Community Projects: Keeping Healthcare in Your Community

Faulkton’s hospital was getting old. Something had to be done or it would be lost.

Sarah Calhoun, owner, Red Ants Pants presenting to a group of conference attendees

Entrepreneurial Experiences: Start a Brand With No Experience?

What happens if your business has never developed a brand, or if you’re just starting out, trying to build a business from scratch?

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Why Add an Agritourism Enterprise to Your Farm or Ranch?

Agritourism is the practice of touring agricultural areas to see farms and often to participate in farm activities.

Roger Porch and Herb Sundall

Funding Community Projects: Funding Our Community Foundation

Local foundations can seek outside financial support from federal, state, and private sources, serving as an advocacy body for the community.