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

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Dutch Dakota Dairy at Lake Preston South Dakota is inundated with snow after a recent blizzard that has made farm facility access very difficult due to extreme snow depth. Courtesy: Truus Schukking

Available Disaster Resources Given Recent Weather Events

Given the recent havoc endured by producers in the upper mid-west by the spring blizzard or even prior flooding we are aware that many producers have incurred losses. There are several programs available through the Farm Service Agency (FSA) and the Natural Resources Conservation Service to help provide assistance.

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SDSU Extension Supports Farmers & Ranchers During Stressful Time

April 01, 2019

SDSU Extension invites South Dakota’s farm and ranch families as well as agri-business professionals and service providers who work with them, to attend programming uniquely designed to provide healthy, stress management strategies as well as support strategies when dealing with the impacts of chronic stress or working with those suffering from chronic stress.

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May 23

Weathering the Storm in Agriculture

Are you a farmer, or a member of a farm family? Join us in Lemmon, Mitchell, Watertown or Winner for a free evening meal and 60-minute workshop.

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May 23

Communicating with Farmers Under Stress

This workshop offered in Lemmon, Mitchell, Watertown and Winner will help professionals recognize and respond when you suspect a farmer or farm family member might need help.

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Apr 15

Farm Stress Workshops

On April 15 and May 23, join us at locations throughout South Dakota for separate workshops, one designed to help support professionals who work with farmers under stress and the other for farmers and their families to handle stress for a more productive mindset.

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Keeping Your Financial Records Secure

When a family emergency or disaster occurs, having quick access to important financial documents is essential.

A family emergency kit in a gray plastic tote. Photo by Zachary Kittrie

Flood Safety Considerations for Youth

Much like any event or disaster, the time to prepare for a flood is before it happens. Families should prepare for events by having a conversation with family members.

a business checklist written on a pad with a pen. Photo by Eilis Maynard, FEMA

Communities Facing Disasters: Helpful Checklists

Whether communities are planning for, experiencing, or recovering from a disaster, checklists are helpful. View some helpful checklists created by experienced people who know what is needed during any stage of a disaster.

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Helping Kids Cope and Understand Disasters/Flooding

South Dakota and many of our neighboring states are experiencing flooding and natural disasters. How children experience traumatic events and how they express their lingering distress depends, in large part, on the children's age and level of development.

aerial view of a flooded farm in late winter. FEMA News Photo

Inundaciones: sugerencias útiles

La primavera en el Medio Oeste siempre trae el riesgo de inundaciones, sea por la nieve que se derrite o por lluvia en exceso.