About Us


iGrow is the teaching platform used by SDSU Extension to assure state of the art program delivery. Each week, SDSU Extension staff and partners publish the latest information to the communities within 4-H & Youth, Livestock, Agronomy, Healthy Families, Community Development and Gardens. View the Our Experts page to access staff contact information, biographies and links to their most recent content. 

About SDSU Extension

As the outreach arm of our state’s land grant, South Dakota State University, SDSU Extension is able to provide farmers, ranchers, agri-business people, communities, families and youth with the research-based information they need to succeed. SDSU Extension meets the changing needs of South Dakotans with progressive outreach services, ranging from one-on-one interaction and forums to 24/7 online access through iGrow.org.

SDSU Extension organizes program outreach across 4 program areas: Agriculture and Natural Resources, Food & Families, Community Vitality and 4-H Youth Development. Specific educational initiatives under these four program areas include:

  • 4-H Youth Development
  • Climate assessment
  • Community capacity building
  • Crop performance testing
  • Crop production
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Food safety
  • Integrated pest management
  • Livestock production
  • Nutrition
  • Water and soil health
  • Wellness

Listening, Learning, Leading through Communities

We all belong to a community. Depending on your definition – it may be large, small or somewhere in between. For some, community is defined by their zip code. For others, community is made of up folks from across the state, nation and world who engage in the same occupation, hobby or beliefs. While still others perceive their community as all of the above.

2017 Impact Reports

SDSU Extension’s community is South Dakota. Our services extend to all zip codes and reach across all demographics. This is fulfilling the mission of SDSU Extension: Growing South Dakota by providing education, research-based information and technical assistance to ALL South Dakotans. How do we accomplish this? Our team actively listens to communities’ needs. Through our connection to South Dakota State University and our extensive, state-wide network of specialists, partnerships with agencies and organizations, stakeholders and citizens, SDSU Extension works to strategically develop and deliver programming designed to empower South Dakotan’s to meet their own, their family and their community’s needs. 

Learn more about our program areas and read impact reports on the following pages: 

iGrow.org Performance


2016 Annual Report

"The role of SDSU Extension, as told on the following pages, is to facilitate the building of those relationships while fostering an educational environment that uses non-biased research and educational best practices in order to accomplish outcomes that support learner’s needs in an impactful way." Karla Trautman

The 2016 SDSU Extension Annual Report includes:

  • WaterTouches Everything, Multi-State Network Strives to Enhance Water Stewardship
  • From RubbleTo Renewal, Unique Art Project Helps Delmont Community Heal
  • Future Focused, Community Development Program Helps Harness Ideas Into Action
  • Health Help, Statewide Program Strives To Help Individuals Better Manage Chronic Health Condition
  • Making An Impact, Master Gardener Program Helps Individuals & Communities Flourish
  • Statewide Highlights & Happenings
  • Outreach to Youth, Programs Foster Engagement With Diverse Youth Audiences
  • A Look At Land Use, Report Documents Status of Eastern South Dakota Native Grasslands
  • Managing Pests & Weeds Multiple Efforts In Place To Aid Producers Statewide
  • Proactive Program, SDSU Extension Efforts Assist Ag Producers & Lenders With Essential Management Topics
  • Traditional Native American Games, Taught To Encourage Physical Activity & Cultural Awareness
  • Alum Reflects: Elizabeth Marso
  • SDSU Extension Fun Facts
  • SDSU Extension Directory


Benchmark Survey

A third-party marketing firm surveyed 400 crop and livestock producers, selected at random from the more than 10,000 throughout the state. The SDSU Extension Benchmark Survey discovered that not only is SDSU Extension meeting the land-grant mission, but changes made to the delivery system through the reorganization were in-line with the evolving needs of South Dakota’s agriculture producers.

Not short and sweet, the producers questioned for this survey spent about 20 minutes on the phone discussing what they thought of SDSU Extension, where they go for information to improve their operations and ways SDSU Extension can better meet their needs. 

Civil Rights Training

Clubs, volunteers, and other organizations are a valuable asset to SDSU Extension and by association are considered an arm of Extension. Anyone associated with SDSU Extension must adhere to all SDSU civil rights policies. As part of its commitment to civil rights policies, SDSU Extension provides civil rights training to all clubs, volunteers, and other organizations. 




SDSU Extension is an equal opportunity provider and employer in accordance with the nondiscrimination policies of South Dakota State University, the South Dakota Board of Regents and the United States Department of Agriculture.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity, in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA (not all bases apply to all programs). Remedies and complaint filing deadlines vary by program or incident.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the responsible Agency or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program discrimination complaint, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, AD-3027, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html and at any USDA office or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

  1. mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
  2. fax: (202) 690-7442; or
  3. email: program.intake@usda.gov.

USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.