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Food Safety for South Dakota Farmers Market Vendors: Regulations and Best Practices

Farmers markets are a valuable sales outlet for farmers and food entrepreneurs alike. Learn some essential rules, regulations, and best practices for processing, handling, and selling a variety of common food items at South Dakota farmers markets.

steaks in a pan with a meat thermometer

Family Food Cent$ newsletters

The Family Food Cent$ Newsletter is published by the SDSU Extension Expanded Food & Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) through a partnership with the South Dakota Department of Social Services.

Bottles of on-farm pasteurized and packaged whole milk.

Selling Grade A and B Dairy and Dairy Products in South Dakota

There has been an interest in manufacturing and processing dairy products by South Dakota food entrepreneurs. Learn everything you need to know about the basic requirements for processing and selling Grade A and Grade B dairy and dairy products in our state.

Apple cider vinegar label with 5% acidity text circled in green.

Safety Concern with Vinegar Acidity Level in Home Canning

There has been a rising concern regarding home canning and the use of 4% vinegar. Learn some important vinegar safety guidelines from the National Center for Home Food Preservation.

Hand holding meat thermometer to check the doneness of grilled steaks.

Summer Grilling Safety Tips

With the first taste of warm weather comes the itch to get out and grill! Before you fire up the grill this season, here are a few reminders on grilling and food safety.

Hand holding meat thermometer to check the doneness of grilled steaks.


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

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SDSU Extension to host High Tunnel Field Day featuring Webster-area farmers

May 26, 2023

SDSU Extension is hosting a High Tunnel Field Day from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. CST June 5 at Waldner Farms, 522 E. First Ave., Webster, South Dakota.

a herd of cattle laying on straw

Cattle Bedding and Food Safety

When most people think of farm animals, a picture of Old MacDonald’s Farm likely comes to mind with fluffy, bright yellow piles of straw in and around a barn. Cattlemen may look at bedding as just another chore along with feeding, watering, and doing health checks that promotes the well-being of the animals to grow and produce high quality food.

Strip steaks on grill with meat thermometers properly inserted through the side of the cuts.

Meat: Safe Handling and Consumption

From the grocery store to your plate, learn some important food safety considerations for handling, preparing, and enjoying meat!