Welcome to Contours!

Shaping our future through knowledge and the power of ideas is the design of Contours, SDSU Extension video episodes that will set the stage for compelling conversations to take place in the state and be shared virtually everywhere. Contours expands our role as stewards of progress, bringing groundbreaking ideas from local and national thought leaders to audiences around the world.

Energetic, dynamic and thought provoking, Contours brings together leaders and experts as we host discussions around important industry and statewide topics. SDSU Extension expertise and research will be the cornerstone of every Contours program. SDSU Extension will be the leading catalyst to deliver information and education to viewers around the state and beyond our borders.

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Each event will be produced by SDSU Extension, aired on South Dakota Public Broadcasting and distributed online through iGrow.org. Topics covered will represent relevant and impactful issues in the agricultural industry and the state.

Livestock Development

There is an increasing amount of discussion, some of it intense, about the opportunities and challenges that surround livestock development in the state. At a recent livestock development summit, thought leaders looked at 7 key factors that influence livestock development. Those factors include issues of regulation, infrastructure, academia, communication, culture, economics and environment. Join the conversation with Barry Dunn and 4 panelists who work with livestock development in South Dakota on a daily basis. For more information, view the publication Livestock Development in South Dakota.

Panelists: Barry Dunn, South Dakota State University College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences Dean, SDSU Extension Director; Paul Kostboth, South Dakota Department of Agriculture Director of Ag Development; Representative Mark Mickelson, South Dakota Legislature, representing District 13, Lincoln and Minnehaha counties; Dr. Bob Thaler, South Dakota State University Professor and SDSU Extension Swine Specialist; Paul Brandt, former South Dakota Pork Producers President and farmer from Clear Lake, South Dakota

Episode 1
originally aired November 8, 2015
Episode 2
originally aired December 13, 2015


Soil Health

Soil is the foundation upon which so many aspects of the agriculture industry depend. Healthy soil helps ensure productive and sustainable agriculture. What would be the prognosis of a soil health checkup in South Dakota? Join the conversation with Barry Dunn and 4 panelists as they explore the South Dakota's soil health.

Panelists: Barry Dunn, South Dakota Corn Utilization Council Endowed Dean of the SDSU College of Agriculture & Biological Sciences, SDSU Extension Director; Jeff Zimprich, NRCS State Conservationist; Doug Sieck, Chairman, S.D. Soil Health Coalition; Anthony Bly, SDSU Extension Soil Field Specialist and Al Miron, Retired Agribusinessman and Farmer, Crooks, S.D.


Episode 3
originally aired January 17, 2016
Episode 4
originally aired February 14, 2016


Animal Health

Animal health is an important factor in producing healthy food. Just like people, animals may get sick and may require medicine to treat their conditions. More importantly, animal medicines are a critical link in the food safety chain.

Panelists: Barry Dunn, South Dakota Corn Utilization Council Endowed Dean of the SDSU College of Agriculture & Biological Sciences, SDSU Extension Director; Dr. Dustin (Dusty) Oedekoven, Interim Secretary of Agriculture, South Dakota State Veterinarian; Dr. Russ Daly, Professor, SDSU Extension Veterinarian, State Public Health; Veterinarian; Dr. Lon Kightlinger, South Dakota State Epidemiologist and Hannah Walkes, President of Pipestone Veterinary Service.


Episode 5
originally aired April 3, 2016
Episode 6
originally aired April 17, 2016


Precision Agriculture

The last 10 years have seen a rapid evolution in ag technology. A growing number of farmers are using some form of the latest technology and remote sensing data for precision crop management. Join the conversation with Barry Dunn and 4 panelists as they explore the potential for precision agriculture to substantially increase productivity and profitability. .

Panelists: Barry H. Dunn, South Dakota State University President and former College of Agriculture & Biological Sciences Dean and SDSU Extension Director; Shane Swedlund, Raven Industries Applied Technology Division Facility and Engineering Manager; Dr. David Wright, SDSU Plant Science Department Head and Nic Uilk, SDSU Agriculture Engineering Instructor.

Episode 7
originally aired June 19, 2016
Episode 8
originally aired July 17, 2016