The SDSU Extension 2013 Annual Report highlights the impacts of programming and achievements from the past year.
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.
SDSU Extension seeks broad input on its programs from citizens and clients from across the state. Information represents discussions regarding programs and needs.
Most of the Great Plains, of which Western South Dakota is part of, have always been considered a semi-arid area of the U.S. This region is characterized by hot, relatively short summers, and usually cold, dry winters.
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Communities will increase access to food and build community assets with the development of school and youth gardens. Increased access to high quality, fresh produce could help increase the consumption of fruits and vegetables in South Dakota, improving public health. Individuals will have increased opportunity to learn and practice growing their own food, reducing food costs and increasing food access. They will be provided access to fresh, flavorful and often unique products that may otherwise not have been available.
Pollinators are necessary for fruit production and seed set in many home garden and agricultural crops. The Backyard Biodiversity program uses citizen science (active involvement from everyday people) to improve awareness of pollinators, and create and conserve pollinator habitat. This community engagement provides an opportunity for increases in local pollinator population and diversity.
Educational goals: To instruct Master Gardeners and Master Gardener trainees so they are knowledgeable and able to provide advice in their communities.
The purpose of Backyard Biodiversity is to engage South Dakotans with the flora and fauna present in their community, increase their awareness of pollinators and pollinator conservation efforts, and give them the tools to create and conserve pollinator habitat where they live.