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CAFES COVID-19 Updates

Dear College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences Community,

The South Dakota Board of Regents and South Dakota State University leaders have made important strategic decisions in response to COVID-19. President Dunn and Provost Hedge have described specific actions to keep our students, faculty, staff and stakeholders healthy and safe. I invite you to read more about these decisions at the SDSU COVID-19 web page.

Here are a few quick updates that may impact events and activities happening in CAFES. We will update this information regularly, as well as keeping you informed through our social media sites.

Event Updates

SDSU has determined commencement ceremonies will be postponed until further notice and there will be no campus activities or events through May 15.

The 10th Annual SDSU Ag Day scheduled for March 31 will now be held virtually on the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences Prexy Council Facebook page

Rest of Spring Semester Moved Online

In response to Gov. Kristi Noem’s announcements on March 24, 2020, pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic, the South Dakota Board of Regents has determined SDSU and the state’s other regental institutions will transition spring classes online for the duration of the semester.

Read the COVID-19 Response: Rest of Spring Semester Moved Online message for additional information.

South Dakota Animal Disease Research and Diagnostic Laboratory

The South Dakota Animal Disease Research and Diagnostic Laboratory will remain open during the campus adjustments. If you have any questions or comments, please call the laboratory at 605-688-5171.

South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station

Researchers in the South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station at SDSU have modified normal operating practices to ensure the health and safety of students, employees and the general public. We continue to progress in as many of our research activities as possible under the current situation. 

SDSU Extension

In response to the Governor’s most recent executive order, and in collaboration with the South Dakota Board of Regents and SDSU guidance, all SDSU Extension regional centers will be closed through May 15, 2020. Our experts are available remotely and we encourage you to reach out to them via email.

SDSU Extension will not deliver face-to-face programming through May 15, 2020.  Extension professionals are still providing educational information and technical assistance to all clientele through telephone, our website, social media, news releases, radio and other appropriate means. Updates and cancellations are available on our events page.

Faculty and Staff 

Starting on March 15, 2020, and running until March 27, 2020, as directed by the South Dakota Board of Regents, and in keeping with Governor Noem’s Executive Order, SDSU will require all non-essential personnel to telework during their normal work schedule. For all non-essential employees who cannot perform any of their essential functions (as described in their position description) away from their normal work station, they will be granted administrative leave for the hours they would have normally worked during the above timeframe. Essential employees will report to work as scheduled. Please review your department’s essential and non-essential work and designated positions to confirm your status. Your supervisor will be in contact with you.

We will continue with our groundbreaking research and outreach activities while supporting our students. Watch the SDSU COVID-19 web page for more details.

Go Jacks!

John Killefer

South Dakota Corn Endowed Dean of the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences