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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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    SDSU Extension’s Approach to the 2017 Drought

    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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    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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    2015 Livestock Impact Reports

    During 2014 cattle production suffered a more or less generalized nationwide retraction. South Dakota was seventh in the country in cattle and calves on farms trailing closely Iowa and Missouri. Then again, when cattle and calves on farms are considered per capita South Dakota leads the country with roughly 4.3 animals per person. The economic impact of the livestock industry in South Dakota is very significant.

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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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    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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    Nitrate Quick Test Training and Certification

    The educational goal of the Nitrate Quick Test training and certification is an awareness and education of nitrates in forages and how various nitrate levels can affect ruminant livestock, particularly cattle and sheep. A secondary goal is to provide an understanding of the opportunity to prevent nitrate toxicity in ruminant livestock through a qualitative real-time test.

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    Ag CEO

    Growing Ag CEOs is an education opportunity for producers to continue to grow and develop their skills. The goals of this program are to equip producers with the management, financial and strategic planning tools to help them thrive in the agriculture industry well into the future. Producers in South Dakota excel at production practices, however with the changing economic times, management and financial skills are more critical to the continued success of farms and ranches.

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    Agricultural Human Resource Management

    The Agricultural Human Resource Management Grant Extension is focused on expanding the Human Resource Management skillset of dairy producers, dairy employees and the dairy support industries. The video training modules are being designed to enhance personal knowledge about the Hispanic workforce, their culture, and best communication methods, along with teaching managers and owners about Standard Operating Procedures (SOP), utilizing a hands-on teaching method by putting people through an actual SOP that focuses on milk quality assurance best management practices.

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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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