SDSU Extension is the outreach link to people growing South Dakota’s, and the nation’s, future by providing solutions and creating opportunities. SDSU Extension fosters learning communities that empower citizens to advocate for sustainable change and strengthen agriculture, natural resources, youth, families and communities.
South Dakotans have depended on SDSU Extension for more than a century for research-based information they need to succeed as farmers, ranchers, agri-business leaders, families and youth. Information is shared in multiple ways, but the primary source of information is available through iGrow, SDSU Extension’s online presence.
In 2017, iGrow.org received nearly 1.1 million page views from more than 758,000 users. Nearly 14,500 hours were spent on iGrow.org from the various individuals accessing information.
SDSU Extension is also responsible for numerous grants and contract awards—$2.6 million during FY16—to conduct research and scholarly work to solve the world’s complex problems and create new knowledge to benefit the communities of South Dakota.
SDSU Extension also provided more than 3,000 commercial and private applicator training sessions in 2016, in addition to being the recipient of more than $706,000 in USDA beginning farmer/rancher development program grant funding.
South Dakota 4-H, also administered by SDSU Extension, enables youth to be engaged in partnerships with adults and positive learning environments. As the nation’s largest youth development organization, 4-H involves young people in urban, suburban and rural communities. Thousands of South Dakota youth benefit from 4-H programming.