(THE CONVERSATION) — When I answer my office phone as an extension vegetable specialist, from time to time it’s someone asking how they can get recognition for growing a huge tomato, possibly the biggest one ever. When I ask how big a tomato we’re talking about, and the caller says 2 or 2.5 …
North Dakota State University Extension and Montana State University Extension are co-hosting the Solid Finances webinar series, which teaches adult financial education in 13 sessions.
As I was picking up some dog treats, I stopped in my tracks when I saw the new flavor for fall.
BROOKINGS — In honor of National Family Caregivers Month, SDSU Extension and University of Illinois Extension will host a webinar titled “Senior Moments and Other Misnomers About the Aging Brain” on Nov. 8 at 11:00 a.m. MST/Noon CDT.
BROOKINGS, S.D. — Timothy Tanner recently began his position with SDSU Extension serving as the State 4-H Youth Development Program director.
Each year, Oct. 30 is recognized as Weatherization Day. This day highlights the fact that low-income households spend a disproportionate percentage of their annual incomes on home energy bills. Weatherization provides cost-effective, permanent solutions for reducing the heavy energy burden t…
Tooth decay, gum disease and many other oral-health illnesses are considered to be 100% preventable, yet many children and adults across South Dakota continue to suffer severe dental problems.
“We’re supposed to get 1 to 3 inches of snow today,” he whispered, his shadow looming over me as I rubbed my eyes in the dark of the early morning, removed the toddler foot lodged in my ribs and tried to make sense of the horror of the first words I heard in my waking moments on the second d…
I recently returned from “the sweetest place on earth.”
It's an agricultural market that is expected to triple in size over the next six years.
AMES, Iowa – Fall is a great time to enjoy the outdoors, and along with the changing colors, it’s also the perfect time to gather tree seeds.
YANKTON, S.D. – Carol Ford, a Minnesota vegetable producer specializing in deep winter greenhouse (DWG) production, will provide the keynote speech on Nov. 2 at the South Dakota Local Foods Conference (SDLFC) at the RedRossa Italian Grille conference area in Pierre.
Scott Althoff of Groton can't really explain why he does it.
A grant writing workshop with a focus on identifying funding for community projects is set for Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019, in Highmore, S.D. “Writing Your Future” is the theme of the workshop which is being co-hosted by SDSU Extension and Highmore Civic and Commerce.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Donald “DJ” LaVoy has announced that USDA is investing $152 million in 19 projects to provide or improve rural broadband service in 14 states.
Tackle football remains one of the most popular sports in America, but participation in high school football in South Dakota and across the United States is falling steadily as the risk of brain injuries from the sport becomes clearer.
WATFORD CITY, N.D. — There are times when I’m being whiny about how hard life is with two little kids and two (or three?) jobs plus the ranch and the laundry and the 40-minute trip to town, and I think of the women who came before me who raised their children without air conditioning or micr…
Stressors specific to the agriculture industry and helping farm and ranch youth will be the focus of a workshop that North Dakota State University Extension, Eyes on the Horizon Consulting in Fargo and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture are teaming up to hold from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 18.
As I drove on a highway in northwestern North Dakota, I enjoyed a feast for my eyes.
Moldboard plowing is a dying art which some are trying to keep alive.
BROOKINGS — Programs to promote discussions related to prescription opioids are available for communities across South Dakota and North Dakota through “Strengthening the Heartland,” a collaborative project between SDSU Extension and NDSU Extension.
BROOKINGS — The SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Development program held the annual Teen Leadership Conference on June 3-7 in Brookings. The conference theme was “Mastering Life’s Circus.”
OACOMA, S.D. — Between the effects of record-breaking rainfall, claiming high levels of prevent plant and continued uncertainty over commodity prices, many of South Dakota’s farmers have become even more stressed than usual over the past year.
BROOKINGS, S.D. – Growers, processors, chefs and consumers passionate about local foods are invited to register for the 2019 South Dakota Local Foods Conference scheduled for Nov. 1-2 at the RedRossa Italian Grille in Pierre, S.D.
South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem said she is disappointed in recent statewide standardized test scores indicating that just over half of students were proficient in English language and fewer than half showed proficiency in math and science.
Mollie and Tobin Krell are co-directors of Homestead 1839 in West Burlington, Iowa. Through farming projects, the non-profit works to rehabilitate youth and adults. The organization raises poultry and grows specialty organic produce to promote agricultural education and a love of the land.
“Can you say ‘muy bellissimo’?” the participant said after taking a bite of the soup.
Fields around Chester, SD, like many areas of South Dakota, are soaking wet.
WASHINGTON – A proposed rule to change the eligibility guidelines for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) would erode food security in the United States, according to the Alliance to End Hunger. If the rule is implemented, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) estimates …
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota food pantry officials are opposing a federal proposal that could take away food stamp benefits from more than 35,000 state residents.
PENDER, NEB. — A farming accident in April of this year resulted in Pender farmer Kurt Kaser losing his left leg.
FARGO, N.D. — From 2008 to 2015, opioid prescriptions increased 59.7% in North Dakota, and enough opioids were prescribed in South Dakota in 2017 to medicate every adult in the state for 15 days, according to Strengthening the Heartland, a joint project on opioid addiction from South Dakota …
WATFORD CITY, N.D. — Some days, I imagine my great-grandmother Gudrun at 17 years old, standing with her hands on her hips, 1,000 miles from everything familiar to her, looking around the place, the wind whipping her dark hair and long dress, wondering how she wound up so far away from the f…
“Farm Rescue is the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done in my life. It is wonderful to help farm families in need, so they may have an opportunity to extend their legacy for future generations,” Bill Gross, founder of Farm Rescue, said in a phone interview.
Getting lost. Forgetting names. Changing personality. These are among the most common symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, the most well-known and prevalent form of dementia.
BROOKINGS — SDSU Extension will be hosting a Your Money, Your Goals program on Oct. 1 at the Brookings Public Library, Oct. 8 at the Sioux Falls Extension Regional Center, and Nov. 5 at the Watertown Regional Library. Each program is open to the public, free of cost and will be held from 6:0…
I looked at the stapled thick packet of instructions on my first day as a member of the NDSU Gold Star Marching Band. I was a teenager at the time.
HURON, S.D. – U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development South Dakota State Director Julie Gross announced on Sept. 18 that Lake Andes-Ravinia Rural Fire Protection and City of Faith have been awarded federal funding to improve community services.
HAYWARD, Wis. — You’ve probably never reserved and paid for a pizza weeks before you ate it, but if you want one at the Hayward area Farmstead Creamery & Cafe, it’s best practice to get your hands on one.
Energizing Entrepreneurs, a statewide conference for entrepreneurs in rural communities, is designed to inspire and provide resources for anyone who wants to start or support a small business in their rural community.
South Dakota lags behind the rest of the nation in vaccinating children and youths against the human papillomavirus, the most common sexually transmitted disease in America that can cause a range of potentially fatal cancers.
I have been a church musician for more than two decades.
SDSU Extension is partnering with the South Dakota Counselors Association (SDCA) to host a three-day stress summit on September 23-25 at the Arrowwood Cedar Shore Resort & Conference Center (1500 Shoreline Dr., Oacoma, SD 57365).
HURON, S.D., – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development State Director Julie Gross on Sept. 10 announced that USDA has $150 million in grants available nationwide through the Community Facilities Program to help rural communities, including South Dakota, continue their recover…
BROOKINGS — Teamwork is a critical component for successful sports teams – so why not take a team approach to economic development as well? That’s the thought among city and county officials and residents in northeastern South Dakota including Day, Grant, Marshall and Roberts counties.
A record number of 4-H’ers from clubs throughout North Dakota were recognized for incorporating nutrition, fitness and health activities into their club meetings in 2018-19.
When a couple from Hayti refers to aronia berries, most people ask, “What berries?”
HAVANA, N.D. — Welcoming people from all walks of life and introducing them (or furthering their knowledge of) family farms can be a fantastic notion — especially for learning where food comes from and how it gets to the table.
The prairies and rolling hills of South Dakota will soon become dotted with wind turbines after the approval of eight major wind-energy projects that will bring 700 more turbines and an investment of $2.6 billion in the state by the end of 2020.
BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota and Minnesota would see some of the largest percentage decreases in households receiving food stamp benefits under a proposed federal rule tightening eligibility requirements, according to a study released on Sept. 5.
BROOKINGS — Cool, rainy weather in Lemmon, S.D., didn’t dampen community spirit on April 30 and May 1, when the community hosted the state’s Energize! Conference facilitated by SDSU Extension’s Community Vitality Team. Over 120 community leaders from South Dakota, North Dakota, Michigan and …
BROOKINGS — SDSU Extension nominated the Rapid City Landfill and volunteer Janet Smith for the 2019 Black Hills Spirit of Volunteerism Award, recognizing them for their support of community gardens.
It’s been a rough year, with a short window to get crops planted and some growers backing off on acres when they couldn’t get into fields.
The other day, I was sorting through some clothes that are too small for my kids.
Tens of thousands of South Dakotans have lost their privileges to hunt, fish, or drive in the state since 2016 because they owe money to government agencies for unpaid fines, fees or even college tuition, but often the people hardest hit by state debt collection efforts are low-income reside…