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    Engineering Cooperatives in the 21st Century: Education, Research, and Outreach

    The Cooperative structure represents a unique organization type that is governed/owned by the users of the services and products. South Dakota has many types of Cooperatives, some organizations are not readily recognized as Cooperatives however, like mutual insurance, credit unions, etc. More commonly, Cooperatives are associated with Farmer Cooperatives that are prevalent in South Dakota.

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    Advisory Feedback for Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Programs

    The following is a compilation of feedback received from the SDSU College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences Advisory Board, specifically regarding SDSU Extension. Verbal feedback was provided at the December 17, 2014 ABS College Advisory meeting that was held concurrently via DDN technology at the Aberdeen, Mitchell, Pierre, and Rapid City Regional Extension Centers and Brookings campus location.

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    2016 Agriculture & Natural Resources Impact Report

    During 2016 crop season South Dakota experienced moderate to dry condition across much of its landscape which had some thinking of a repeat of previous droughts. During early August the U.S. Drought Monitor showed over 50% of South Dakota in moderate drought or worse. About 9% of the state was in severe drought, and 5% in extreme drought.

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    Competitive Agronomy Systems Impact Reports

    Weather conditions made 2015 a challenging year for SDSU Extension field specialists. However, with continuous up-to date information and leadership by Extension staff and experts, SDSU Extension was able to adjust its programming accordingly. As a result, the 2015 crop season was very successful not only from the point of view of attendance to SDSU Extension programs, but also because of the impacts reflected on crops yields.

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    2015 Agronomy Impact Reports

    SDSU Extension met with farmers frequently during the crop season to provide updates and forecasts of alfalfa caterpillars, weevils, blister beetles, lygus bugs and their natural enemies. Producers were able to make spraying decisions and select chemicals through unbiased information. A pilot project has been set up to understand alfalfa pest status and current practices followed by producers in Butte and Haakon Counties.

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    Sustaining the Legacy 2008-2012

    Agriculture is the backbone of the rural economy and in order to remain a vital component the current aging population of farmers and ranchers will need to transition their operations to the next generation of producers. By creating active plans that enable them to pass the farm business on to their own children or others that want to begin farming, a larger percentage of the traditional taxes and fees associated with estate distribution can be reinvested into the operation instead of being a costly expense for the family. As younger producers are able to continue farming and ranching they return to small towns where their children will attend the local school, local main street businesses maintain a customer base and churches remain viable.

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    Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program

    Participants of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) programs increase their knowledge of pest biology, pesticide label interpretation, pesticide handling, and environmental factors. This leads to increased use of IPM practices and objective, science-based decision-making on reducing risks from pests and preventing unacceptable levels of pest damage in both agricultural and residential settings. Increased use of IPM practices results in better pest management decisions which address the economic aspects of pest management while posing the least possible risk to people, property, resources and the environment.

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    Growing Ag CEOs

    Through the adoption and use of fundamental business principles and using a systems approach, participants in the Ag CEO program will implement best management practices for production and business and have improved farm and ranch profitability and sustainability. This results in benefits for all South Dakotans, including new leaders and improved vitality of rural communities, the opportunity for local jobs and rural economic growth, and efficient use of natural resources.

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    Effects of herbicide residuals on common cover crops grown after corn silage and small grains

    Research that has been conducted with cover crops shows many benefits of cover crops integrated into a conventional cropping system. These benefits include soil health, forage for livestock, break up disease pressure, water quality and weed suppression. A major part of integrating cover crops into cropping systems in South Dakota is knowing what can grow after certain herbicides are sprayed before a cash crop. Results from this study should help producers answer this question and others.

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    IPM Coordination (Grant)

    The South Dakota IPM (SDIPM) program supports and encourages the region’s residents in making unbiased, science-based decisions regarding pest management. It does this by imparting extensive knowledge of pest biology, explaining the impacts of environmental factors, and providing pest forecasts. It keeps the lines of communication open and the information accessible by using communication technology (e.g., mobile apps) so landowners and managers can prevent unacceptable levels of pest damage in an economical manner, while posing the least possible risk to people, property, resources, and the environment.

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    Leafhopper Resistant Varieties in Sustainable Production of Alfalfa (Grant)

    At this moment, there is still much to learn about the performance of alfalfa new varieties and how develops with potato leafhopper (PLH) infestations. There is clearly a great potential to benefit alfalfa growers in their production, management, and economical aspects of long term production. This program in SDSU will address producer needs differently than other public or private programs by developing over time research, which will give a greater chance to approach to real problems.

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    Sustaining the Legacy: Estate Planning and Farm Transitions

    Sustaining the Legacy: Estate Planning and Farm Transitions has been a partnership between SDSU Extension and the South Dakota Soybean Research and Promotion council since 2007. This project has traditionally developed conferences in various locations across the state. In the past, 4 locations a year have been targeted. These conferences provided Estate Planning and Transitions information to farm families. Topics covered include (but not limited to) communication, wills, probate, retirement planning, trusts, life insurance, and the SD long-term care partnership.

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    The Business of Crops: Risk and Reward

    This proposed program is an online library of information materials for use by South Dakota crop producers covering business planning, record-keeping, enterprise budgeting, and financial records and analysis. Although many of these documents are currently available in generic form, these examples fail to contain the specificity required for use by South Dakota crop producers. The completion of this proposed plan will remedy that situation.

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    Rangeland Management & Mitigating Drought Risk (Grant)

    Over the last five years, a high degree of climatic variability has affected South Dakota producers. "Managing Drought Risk on Ranches”, a guidebook developed recently by University of Nebraska’s National Drought Mitigation Center, has provided a toolkit in which producers can better manage and plan for drought impacts and climate variability. This guidebook will serve as a baseline for a workshop series.

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    South Dakota Soil Health Challenge (Grant)

    The South Dakota Soil Health Challenge will increase awareness of soil health by providing no cost soil health analysis for sample submitters that include land owners, crop producers and agronomists. The project will provide soil health results, interpretation of results and recommendations for best management practices that project participants can use for sustainable soil health improvement. Participant samples will be compared to a growing soil health database and shown how management groups such as no-till and tillage influence soil health.

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