Agriculture is the number one industry in South Dakota, and the successful management of it and its resources is essential to the long-term viability of the state and its citizens. Agriculture, like many other industries, is undergoing a technological revolution. Farmers, ranchers, and other managers of natural resources need to have the latest information available if they are going to successfully compete in a global market in a sustainable fashion.
The Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) program area is composed of educators and specialists from all regions of South Dakota and includes professionals from many different departments and disciplines.
Extension specialists and field specialists work together in a systems approach to help solve current problems as well as develop plans for future success. Information is shared by a variety of methods, ranging from printed publications and producer meetings to podcasts, webpages, and other electronic media. Most disciplines in the ANR program area also work closely with their colleagues in state commodity groups and other state universities, thereby increasing the depth and breadth of expertise available.
For more information on programs in any of the ANR program areas, please contact the appropriate academic department and its specialists and field specialists.