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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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South Dakota Licensed Kitchen Process

Interested in selling food products in a retail establishments? Licensed kitchens are the place to start. Learn the steps for building a licensed kitchen in South Dakota along with rules, regulations and guidelines for processing foods in existing licensed kitchens.

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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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SDSU Extension launches new virtual vegetable production training series

January 13, 2023

The South Dakota Virtual Vegetable Short Course is a four-part educational series geared toward commercial specialty crop farmers, gardeners and Master Gardeners. Nonprofits, business partners and members of the general public are also welcome to attend.

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SDSU Extension offers training on updated Cottage Food Laws

November 29, 2022

South Dakota State University is providing training for food processors who would like to sell food products from their homes following updates to the state’s cottage food laws earlier this year.

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Remote Work and Rural Communities: A good partnership?

How does remote work fit into your community? Some people may not be excited about their community promoting remote work options. They may be fearful it will pull people from an already limited workforce. What if remote work opportunities were viewed in a different way? It could be what attracts or keeps workers in your community.