SDSU Extension connects South Dakotans to drought resources and information

Farm Forum

BROOKINGS, S.D. – As South Dakota’s farmers, ranchers and communities deal with the challenges brought on by drought conditions impacting more than half the state, SDSU Extension is connecting individuals with resources and research-based information.

“The land grant university mission positions SDSU Extension to be responsive to the needs of citizens during challenging times like the drought,” explains Karla Trautman, SDSU Extension Interim Director. “SDSU Extension and its team of experts provide citizens with science based knowledge that can inform decisions and ultimately mitigate the impact of the drought on the family, the farm/ranch operation and the local community.”

Whether it is warning citizens about the first signs of heat stress, providing gardeners with tips to conserve water, or connecting producers with timely updates – South Dakotans can rely on SDSU Extension.

Timely information can be accessed 24/7 on, SDSU Extension’s online platform; by contacting SDSU Extension Staff at any one of the eight SDSU Extension Regional Centers or by calling AnswerLine, 1-888-393-6336.

“Providing applicable information is what we do. Our team is out in the field, closely connected to challenges faced on South Dakota farms and ranches. They are also up to date on the latest research and resources to help people make informed decisions,” said Alvaro Garcia, SDSU Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources Program Director & Professor.

Challenges brought on by a drought are not isolated to those connected to agriculture, explained Suzanne Stluka, SDSU Extension Food & Families Program Director.

“South Dakota is a tight knit state. When one community of our state faces hard times, the trickle-down effect is felt everywhere – and in more areas than just economics. We have resources to not only help families budget, but also resources to help make consumers aware of the mental health aspects of a drought,” Stluka said.

To learn more, visit or contact your local SDSU Extension Regional Center.