For the 1st quarter of fiscal year 2015 (October, November, December), Food & Families Extension staff members utilized the following categories to gain feedback regarding current programs and future initiatives for the development of new programs.
For the 4th quarter of 2014 (July, August, September), Food & Families Extension staff members have utilized the following categories to gain feedback regarding current programs and future initiatives for the development of new programs.
For the third quarter of 2014 (April, May, June), Food & Families Extension staff members have utilized the following categories to gain feedback regarding current programs and future initiatives for the development of new programs.
For the second quarter of 2014 (January, February, March), Food & Families Extension staff members have utilized the following categories to gain feedback regarding current programs and future initiatives for the development of new programs.
The SDSU Extension 2013 Annual Report highlights the impacts of programming and achievements from the past year.
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.
SDSU Extension Food & Families programs provide resources that strengthen family and community well-being, and contribute significantly to the overall effectiveness of the national work done by Family & Consumer Sciences (FCS) Extension.
SDSU Extension Food & Families program impacts strengthen, and contribute significantly to the overall effectiveness of the national work done by Family & Consumer Sciences (FCS) Extension. The program impacts described on this page provide a thorough picture of learning community and programmatic efforts provided by SDSU Extension Food & Families staff across South Dakota, further summarizing our accomplishments and their impact on our state, communities, families, and citizens.
SDSU Extension staff keep stakeholders informed about issues that impact Food & Families and raise awareness of public value, progress, and outcomes through impact reports. Programs described in this page provide a thorough picture of learning community and programmatic efforts provided by SDSU Extension Food & Families staff across South Dakota. These impact reports summarize our 2014 accomplishments and their impact on our state, communities, families, and citizens.
Food Policy Councils can increase the availability of, and access to nutritious food, thus improving food security in rural, high poverty areas.
Interest in food preservation has increased because consumers: 1) would like to gain control over the foods they eat, 2) aim to save grocery dollars by preserving their own food and, 3) desire to add value to their products by processing fruits and vegetables within their own homes, and selling them to the general public. This interest in growing produce and/or purchasing locally grown food has increased the need for correct food preservation information, such as canning and freezing.
SDSU Extension works with growers and food processors across the state to implement best practices for safe and quality food.
Societal food habits have changed increasing the value of food safety trainings. Food safety trainings provide individuals in all types of food service establishments, as well as individuals and families within communities, the opportunity to adopt safe food handling practices that minimize the risk of food borne illness.
Seniors who participate in educational conferences are introduced to opportunities available to them to continue to live independently and to assist them in maintaining or improving their overall health.
This program integrates components that enhance communities, businesses and individuals on South Dakota reservations. The program encompasses training through Extension and our partners in home and commercial gardening, utilization of small acreages through livestock and other enterprises, nutrition education, and market development. Reservations throughout South Dakota are classified as food deserts by the USDA. These programs provide an opportunity towards addressing food access issues, as well as contributing towards self-sufficiency and food sovereignty. Those participating in these programs acquire skills that help improve nutritious food utilization in home and agency settings. On the business side, participants acquire skills in marketing and presentation of their goods, as well as an understanding of the regulations governing local food utilization in commercial settings.
Our Nutrition, Health and Wellness Program focuses on promoting healthy, preventing disease and disability, eliminating disparities and improving quality of living through agricultural health and safety, access to health care and preventative services and health in relation to the environment.
Our aging programs focus on improving individual and community quality of life by promoting the use of technology and internet, increasing accessibility and usability of technology and internet based resources, preparing communities and individuals to meet the opportunities and challenges of an aging population, and develop interactions across generations.
South Dakotans, constituents, and partners recognize SDSU Extension as a leading resource for food safety practices to maintain a safe and secure food system for SD and beyond our borders. Food producers, processors, retailers, and consumers of all ethnic groups involved in preparing and preserving food will adopt safe food handling practices that reduce the risk of foodborne illnesses.
Family and personal finance programs promote financial literacy and capability which results in less economic strain on households, more financial resiliency, less risk of poverty spanning generations, and better overall individual and family financial outcomes.
The vast majority of South Dakotans identify remaining in the home or community as a high priority during retirement and older age. This goal will be difficult to attain without deliberate anticipation of future needs and efforts to mitigate barriers to independence. We have more choices today than ever before as we move through life. AGE in South Dakota 2016 evaluation results suggest consumer knowledge about these options is low.
Educational Goals: TeachSD is an innovative intergenerational technology training program designed to use existing community resources to deliver a low cost method of increasing adult knowledge, confidence, and skills using the internet to access resources, connect with family and friends, and maintain independence as they age.
Cooperatively, the South Dakota Department of Health and SDSU Extension are launching Better Choices, Better Health® South Dakota (BCBH) in an effort to educate South Dakotans with chronic health conditions on ways to manage the impact of their disease on their daily lives. Individuals will learn coping skills to actively manage or co-manage their chronic condition and its impact on their lives.
This program will focus on reducing the incidence of chronic disease including heart disease, obesity/overweight, diabetes and hypertension of South Dakotan’s. The CDC notes that more than 75% of health care costs are due to chronic conditions and it’s estimated that one-fourth of persons living with a chronic illness experience significant limitations in daily activities.
This program will focus on increasing physical activity in youth and adult residents in Burke, SD. Because Burke has an inadequate sidewalk system and most walking and bicycling is done in Burke streets, adults and youth are at risks for traffic accidents. Currently, Burke doesn’t have an identified safe route for children to walk or bicycle, though this is viewed as a key strategy to keep kids active and healthy.
Most students, especially under-represented students, consistently struggle with key scientific and math concepts used in science-intensive agricultural courses, due largely to a lack of conceptual understanding in pre-requisite STEM skills. This deficiency deters under-represented students from completing coursework in science- and math-intensive agricultural majors, thus decreasing the number of potential graduates in these fields.
The Jump$tart Teacher Training Model focuses on a learner-centric approach to build teachers' confidence. This initiative emphasizes the instruction of personal finance concepts, information, and behavior so that teachers have the tools and confidence to implement positive financial management in their own lives - and then to transfer that knowledge to their own students in the classroom.
The overall goal of this project is to reduce food safety risks associated with unsafe food processing and handling of fruits and vegetables and other specialty foods, and provide opportunities for specialty growers to meet the food safety standards and regulations to expand their specialty crops through additional retail markets.