4-H Peek of the Week!


2021 Dates to Remember


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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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 .

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Livestock Judging Results - Miller & Springs Calf Shows

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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

The 2022 South Dakota 4-H Calendar is now for sale!

The Calendar will be $15 per calendar and will be shipped to the address that is provided when ordering the calendars. The sales will only be open until Friday, November 19th. The link to the order can be found at: https://extension.sdstate.edu/event/2022-4-h-calendar-sales.

Photos taken by 13 South Dakota 4-H youth ages 8 to 18, will be featured in the 2022 South Dakota 4-H Calendar. The 4-H youth featured in the calendar include: EmmaLynn Elliot, Beadle County; Rachel Lee, Butte/Lawrence County; Hayden Niles, Day County; Nicolette Hoffman, Douglas County; Taylor Kayser, Hansen County; Rylie Sleep, Pennington County; Jaxen Dockter, Roberts County; Micah Pelzel, Roberts County; Maggie DeMers, Tripp County; Maddie Rand, Turner County; Sophia Rand, Turner County; Ashton Ross, Turner County; and Carter Ross, Turner County.

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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/)

BeefUP - Calving Strategies for Market Advantages

South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension will be holding two, two-day, in person conferences discussing the impacts of calving distribution on management strategies and how management can drive calving and future returns on calves starting Nov. 9-10, in Watertown, South Dakota at the Ramkota Hotel and Watertown Event Center (1901 9th Ave SW ), and continuing Dec. 7-8, in Pierre, South Dakota at the Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center (920 W Sioux Ave).

Participants will have the opportunity to analyze their own calving distribution data, as well as tour prominent local operations that are already utilizing some of the strategies discussed in the course. Tours will allow participants the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of management strategies that positively influence calving distribution and the potential revenue associated with a consolidated calf crop, as well as valuable networking time with other progressive cattlemen and women.



  • Nov. 9: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. CDT
  • Nov. 10: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. CDT
  • Dec. 7: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. CDT
  • Dec. 8: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. CDT

Hotel rooms will be provided under the North Central Risk Management Education Center grant funded through the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, however travel and registration costs are to remain covered by participants.


Registration will include the hotel service mentioned above in addition to various meals, snacks and drinks.

Additional webinars will be integrated into the program later.

Registration closes Oct. 28.

For more information, or any questions you may have please contact Olivia Amundson.

Sustaining the Legacy @ Aberdeen

Join South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension and industry professionals for a two-day estate planning and farm succession conference in Aberdeen, South Dakota at the Ramkota (1400 8th Ave. NW) on Nov. 15-16.

The conference will include presentations on methods to transfer land and assets to the next generation, pass on personal property and discussions on the current and potential tax situation related to a farm or ranch estate.

In addition to the information and an introduction to professionals that specialize in South Dakota estate planning and transition, participants qualify for additional one-on-one consultation with SDSU Extension field specialists related to their estate and transition plans, personal financial situation and aging on the farm or ranch.



  • Nov. 15: 9 a.m.–7 p.m. CDT
  • Nov. 16: 9 a.m.–4 p.m. CDT

Registration includes meals, materials and lodging at the Ramkota. Registration is accepted until noon on Nov. 15. However, to receive the complementary hotel room, registration MUST be received by Nov. 4.

For more information or any questions you have regarding the event, please contact Heather Gessner.

Range Beef Cow Symposium

The XXVII Range Beef Cow Symposium will return to South Dakota Nov. 16 and 17 at the The Monument in Rapid City. Known for its wide-ranging topics, demonstrations and practical applications, the symposium has been held biennially among the four cooperating states — Colorado, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming — since 1969.

"The Range Beef Cow Symposium is an excellent opportunity to connect with nationally renowned beef experts on an assortment of cattle production topics," says Julie Walker, Professor and South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension Beef Specialist and a member of the planning committee for this year's event.

Symposium Location: The Monument, 444 Mt. Rushmore Road N., Rapid City, South Dakota 57701


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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