SDSU Extension relies heavily on technology to offer educational programs to citizens. Combined with more traditional face-to-face learning methods, citizens can also gain access to the virtual office and online learning portal called iGrow. This online teaching platform features 24/7 access to learning materials and information including feature articles and news stories, publications, podcasts, webinars, radio programs, and the SDSU Extension Marketplace.
SDSU’s land-grant mission means that learning is based on research conducted by the Agricultural Experiment Station. New knowledge harvested by scientists in fields and laboratories not only moves into classrooms, but is disseminated to citizens across the state and region by SDSU Extension.
SDSU Extension draws its academic strength from academic departments at South Dakota’s land-grant university. The College of Agriculture & Biological Sciences is the administrative home to SDSU Extension, and is comprised of eight academic departments, including: Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering; Animal Science; Biology & Microbiology; Dairy and Food Science; Economics; Natural Resource Management; Agronomy, Horticulture and Plant Science; and Veterinary & Biomedical Sciences.
Nutrition, youth development, and community development are the major SDSU Extension programs of the College of Education & Human Sciences. It is comprised of four academic departments, including: Consumer Sciences; Health & Nutritional Sciences; Teaching, Learning, & Leadership; and Counseling & Human Development.