Ag producers and pheasant enthusiasts are invited to learn how cutting-edge farming practices can work to provide more income while enhancing habitat. The Precision Agriculture Workshop at the 2018 National Pheasant Fest in Sioux Falls offer insights into the industry on Friday, Feb. 16, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Denny Sanford Premier Center.
South Dakota State University will offer new undergraduate management degrees in two fields predicted to have strong job growth in the future. The South Dakota Board of Regents approved bachelor degree programs in leadership and management of nonprofit organizations, as well as in conservation planning and park management.
Naomi Oreskes, professor of history and science and affiliated professor of earth and planetary sciences at Harvard University, will be the Harding Lecture speaker, April 4. Oreskes’ speech, titled “The American Denial of Climate Change,” will begin at 7 p.m. in the University Student Union’s Volstorff Ballroom. A book signing will follow the lecture.
The event is free and open to the public. Parking will be available on both the east and west side of the union.
Dr. Phillip Fay
USDA-ARS, Temple, TX
Nitrogen deposition is an ongoing process in which various forms of nitrogen produced through human agricultural and industrial activity becomes suspended in the atmosphere, then eventually precipitates onto land surfaces. Nitrogen is a key nutrient for living organisms, and the input of extra nitrogen into ecosystems can increase the productivity of plants, but has also been shown to increase the success of invasive plants. Nitrogen deposition has been strongly linked in many studies to losses of native plant biodiversity as well.
Oak Lake Field Station will host its annual fall research retreat on Saturday, October 29 in the Oak Lake administration building. This event will feature presentations from students conducting research at the station over the past year followed by a tour of our new wetland restoration site. Participate in the social interaction with faculty and students as we celebrate the end of another field sampling season and discuss future research ideas. Attendance at the event is free. However, those not presenting are asked to pay for refreshments and the noon meal (please RSVP prior to 10 a.m.
While doing field work in the Dindir National Park in southeastern Sudan, Njoki Kahiu, second from left, collects data on land cover types and land use, both by humans and for wildlife. The women are getting water from a borehold, a shaft drilled into the ground. Her work was part of an Intergovernmental Authority on Development project aimed at natural habitat conservation and sustainable development.
Two South Dakota State University doctoral students at the Geographic Information Science Center for Excellence have received NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowships to support their dissertation research.
Using satellite imagery, Woubet Alemu will build models to predict the production of small grains in East Africa, while Chris Moran of Rapid City will determine how long forest fire prevention techniques applied in American national forests are effective. The one-year, $30,000 fellowships may be renewed for up to two additional years.
South Dakota State University assistant professor Amanda Weaver received the 2010 New Teacher award at the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities annual meeting in Dallas.
The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, or A·P·L·U, and the USDA sponsored the award. It recognizes two outstanding faculty members nationwide on the basis of their ability as classroom teachers, use of innovative teaching methods, service to students and their profession, and scholarship. The award includes a $2,000 stipend for each recipient.
The South Dakota Cooperative Extension Service will host a beef and dairy artificial insemination school on April 21-23.
The three-day artificial insemination (AI) school begins at 1:30 p.m. on April 21 at Sioux Falls Regional Livestock Auction Barn, rural Worthing. This event is limited to 20 participants. To reserve a spot, call the Lincoln County Extension office at 605-764-2756.