4-H Peek of the Week!


2021 Dates to Remember


7 Trapping Workshop - Forestburg 2-5PM

7 Sanborn Shooting Sports Safety Training - Forestburg - 5:45PM

7 Sanborn Shooting Sports Awards Night @ 6:30PM

14 Sanborn Recognition Event @ 6:00PM

16-18 Audra out of office for National 4-H Conference

21 Jerauld-Buffalo Recognition Event


4 SS Coaches Training - Murdo SD: Rifle, Pistol & Archery

5 Aurora County Recognition Event @ 1PM

6 Cloverbud Cookie Workshop - TBD

11-12, 2021 Pierre, Annual Shooting Sports Meeting(Tentative)

18 SS Coaches Training - Brookings SD: Rifle, Archery, Hunting Coordinator


8 SS Coaches Training - Clark SD: Rifle & Archery

22 SS Coaches Training - Forestburg SD: Rifle, Pistol & Archery


15 End of Match 1 for Shooting Sports


15 End of Match 2 (Safety Scores are due & Last Day to register new SS members for winter program)

16 State Shooting Sports Registration Opens


15 End of Match 3 for Shooting Sports

16 State Match Entry Closes

22-24 State Shooting Sports Match - Ft.Pierre


27-31 SD Summer Spotlight


4-5 4-H Summer Outdoor Archery Match - Yankton

18-25 CWF Trip to Washington DC ($2100 & deadline for applying is Nov. 15th to the Extension office). Application coming soon!

26 -1 4-H SS National Championships - Grand Island, NE


2-3 Aurora County Achievement Days

4-6 Sanborn County Achievement Days

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Reminder… if you would like to participate in the Trapping Workshop being held on Sunday, November 7th from 2-5 p.m., you to register with Sherryl at the Extension Office.

We would like to know who is all planning to attend by next Monday, November 1st.

The schedule for Sunday, November 7th will be as follows:

2:00-5:00 PM Trapping Workshop

5:30-6:30 PM Light supper meal available

5:45 PM Shooting Sports Safety Training for 2022

6:30 PM Shooting Sports Awards

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Citizen's Washington Focus Trip

The 2022 Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) Trip will be June 18 – 25, 2022 with a cost of $2,100 per participant. There are 45 youth spots available for this year’s trip.

Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) is National 4-H Council’s premier leadership and civic engagement experiencefor high school students.State delegates will experience Washington D.C. like never before by using the nation’s capital as their classroom, connecting with young leaders from across the country and gaining the skills to become effective change agents.

  • Hear from inspiring speakers
  • Meet fellow 4-Her's from across the country
  • Experience the Nation's Capital and monuments
  • Visit Arlington National Cemetary
  • Night tour the National Mall

If you are interested in attending please fill out the form attached here. Due to the office by Nov.1, 2021. There is also a tentative schedule attached. Each county leader's association has money set aside to help offset the cost of going. For more info on this please contact Audra Scheel.

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Community Service Opportunity

The Prairie Hills 4-H Club is inviting their fellow 4-Hers to help them in giving to the School of Hope in Haiti. The boxes have been purchased and if you wish to make a donation of items for boxes they would be overjoyed. The box items can be for boys 5-9 yrs, girls 5-9 yrs, boys 10-14 yrs, or girls 10-14 yrs.

We would ask that your items include a Christmas note to the child receiving your box. All boxes will be taken to Lake Poinsett to Wendy Denison to join the 500 total goal for the school. To learn more about the school you can go here https://www.facebook.com/anchorofhope.net/ or Contact Wendy Denison 605-881-5636. What a great way to show some Christmas spirit!

This is the list of ideas must fit in a 6 quart container. Items should be new or gently used.

Dolls/Accessories, stuffed animals, small musical instrument, watch, hat/gloves, yo-yo, jump rope, frisbee, etch a sketch, diy craft kits, notebook, markers, pens, notecards, pencils, puzzles, watercolors, coloring books, sewing kits, hair accessories, socks, wash cloths, lip balm, nail clipper, deodorant, dress up items, toy trucks, baseball mitt/baseball, action figures, tennis balls, tool set, playing cards, marbles, sunglasses.

Jerauld-Buffalo County youth may bring items to recognition event on Nov. 21 at 5PM at the Ag Building. All other donations may be dropped off at the Extension offices.

Career Conversations Course

The Workforce Outcome Team is pleased to announce that the Career Conversations: Exploring My Future in the 605, an online course about various career fields, registration for will open on Friday, September 24. Please share the information with youth and teachers within your schools that would be able to take advantage of the virtual career exploration option with their students. Feel free to also share this infographic for the event. Videos connect to one or more of the 16 career clusters identified within the SD Department of Education content standards for Career & Technical Education. The virtual career exploration course is self-guided and free of charge. A list of specific content standards can be found within the course and has been attached for your convenience.

Course Content

Topics include teaching participants to:

· Research and interpret career information

· Compare and contrast characteristics of various careers

· Investigate education/training requirements for employment in various industries

· Formulate criteria for choosing a career, including but not limited to: wages & benefits, values & lifestyle preferences, required education, working conditions, working environment

· Investigate and make connections relevant to areas of interest

· Identify personal qualities, aptitudes, skills, and values (personal and work)

· Identify and demonstrate positive work qualities

· Analyze appropriate self-management skills as related to specific work environments

· Identify employment opportunities

· Research employers’ rights and responsibilities

· Understand employee rights and responsibilities

· Display behaviors needed to maintain employment

Additional standards related to each career covered in the course can be found on the South Dakota Department of Education Career Clusters page.


Please register for this event by November 10, 2021 by clicking the Eventbrite link: (https://extension.sdstate.edu/event/career-conversations-exploring-my-future-605)

For more information, contact Sonia Mack .

State Wide News

Dog Showmanship and Agility Judges Training

The State Dog Show Committee will be hosting a training at Nordby Exhibit Hall on December 4, 2021. The training will run from 10am - 2pm with an hour break for lunch.

Robotics Meeting

As we work to keep our 4-H programs relevant to changes in technology, we want to ensure that we continue to meet the needs and interests of our South Dakota youth. With that in mind, it is time to revisit what the SD 4-H Robotics program and challenge looks like. On Thursday November 18th, at 6:00 p.m. central time, SD 4-H will host a live zoom session to gain feedback from volunteers and youth. To register for this meeting, please email: Christine.Wood@sdstate.edu

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About the Native Plant Initiative

The 2021 Native Plant Initiative (NPI) native plant photo contest is underway! Check out https://www.sdstate.edu/npi for details, rules, and submission.

Historically, native grasses and forbs (wildflowers) were abundant across the Northern Great Plains. Native plants are the foundation that supports insects, pollinators (including bees), birds, and wildlife. Loss of grasslands and invasive plants began to emerge as problems in the 1800s. Initially, managing vegetation was simply removing occasional invasive plants from a background of native plants. However, now our grasslands are so heavily impacted that management can be envisioned as restoring native plants in a background of invasive species. Further, so few grasslands remain that we need to maximize the biodiversity of native plants in every area possible. These areas include private and public lands such as grasslands, wetlands, woodlands, farms, ranches, parks, yards, and urban areas.

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S.D. Local Foods Conference to Feature ‘The Market Gardener’

Jean-Martin Fortier, a farmer, educator, entrepreneur, and best-selling author specializing in organic and biointensive vegetable production, is the featured keynote speaker at this year’s virtual S.D. Local Foods Conference (SDLFC).

His award-winning book, The Market Gardener: A Successful Grower's Handbook for Small-Scale Organic Farming, has inspired readers worldwide to reimagine ecological human-scale food systems. Fortier teachings have been adapted to the Market Gardener Masterclass, a comprehensive online program that supports over 2000+ growers in over 60 countries.

In 2020, Fortier founded Growers & Co., a farm tool and farmwear company that also features a biannual magazine focused on celebrating the movement of small-scale organic farming. He is based in Quebec, Canada, where he manages Ferme des Quatre-Temps, a research and training farm that intends to serve as a model for the future of agriculture.

This year’s SDLFC is a virtual event scheduled for Nov. 4-6, 2021. Producers, marketers, buyers and consumers of local food are encouraged to attend. Fortier will present ‘Working with Living Soil’ on Friday, Nov. 5 at noon central. The event is sponsored by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) of South Dakota.

The SDLFC will also include two tracks of breakout sessions on topics including: agritourism, farm to school, S.D. food cottage laws, integrated pest management, cover crops, food preservation, pricing & budgeting, chickens & eggs, and more.

Thursday, Nov. 4 will feature Rob Hage, of Blind Butcher Brewery Co., who will tell the story of how the pandemic of 2020 changed their family farm and unexpectedly triggered the development of a small batch brewery.

North Central Region- Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (NCR-SARE) will also host its Farmers Forum on Thursday. This traveling annual event gives farmers, ranchers, researchers and others the chance to share information about sustainable agriculture practices.

This year’s projects highlight resources for building small meat processing capacity and local meat demand, planting a profitable pollinator habitat into a vegetable farm, and high efficiency, year-round greenhouses.

Registration by Nov. 1 is preferred on our Eventbrite Ticketing Page or find the link at www.sdspecialtyproducers.org. The full 3-day registration is $35. The first 100 registrants may request a free goodie box, which will include a book published by SARE, an event program, and other sponsored gifts.

The SDLFC is hosted by a collaboration of partners including the South Dakota Specialty Producers Association, SDSU Extension, Dakota Rural Action, USDA NRCS of South Dakota, Sicangu Community Development Corporation Food Sovereignty Initiative, Bear Butte Gardens, Sturgis Chamber of Commerce, and the Wizipan Leadership and Sustainability Initiative and Lakota Youth Development.

Event sponsors include NCR-SARE, SD-SARE, NRCS, Monument Health, Xanterra, the SD Soil Health Coalition, and through support by the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program at the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture.

Direct any questions to conference organizers at SDSPAinfo@gmail.com or 605-681-6793. For more information visit South Dakota Local Foods on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/SouthDakotaLocalFoods) or the SDSPA website. (http://www.sdspecialtyproducers.org/)

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Audra Scheel, SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Program Advisor

Office #s

Sanborn 4-H Office: 605-796-4380

Aurora 4-H Office: 605-942-7754

Jerauld 4-H Office: 605-539-9471