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Many South Dakotans are dealing with flood issues following recent blizzards and record-breaking rain.

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Developing Communities

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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.

Dave Anderson, President, Mt. Vernon Economic Development Group

Engaging Community Members: Affordable Housing for Rural Communities – Our Story

Mt. Vernon’s housing story went from “group conception” to four complete houses, and three in development phase, within a two year time frame.

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?

filed of sunflowers in bloom

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.

outside of the lake grocery store

Group-Effort Grocery

Although creating and running a community-owned grocery store is a challenge, Willow Lake, South Dakota’s Lake Grocery has been a beacon for the community for over five years.

Energize! Conference Participants

Economic Impacts Large and Small Making a Difference in South Dakota

In the spring of 2018 SDSU Extension held a conference in De Smet that had an $18,209 economic impact.

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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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Apr 30

2019 ENERGIZE! Exploring Innovative Rural Communities Conference

SDSU Extension will host a conference about rural communities held in a rural community starting on April 30 at 12:00 PM MDT in the Lemmon community.

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