As of July 15, all SDSU Extension regional centers will reopen their doors to the public. When visiting, citizens should expect to follow all Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and South Dakota State University guidelines regarding social distancing and other precautionary health practices.

The Regional Extension Centers are located in Aberdeen, Lemmon, Mitchell, Pierre, Rapid City, Sioux Falls, Watertown, and Winner. The Lemmon regional center will remain closed until further notice due to construction; however the staff will continue to provide service via phone.

“Until our reopen date, we encourage our constituents to call their local regional center to make an appointment, request information, make arrangements to pick up and drop off items or to connect with one of our staff members,” said Director of SDSU Extension Karla Trautman.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all regional centers were temporarily closed and employees have been working remotely since mid-March.

To comply with CDC guidelines, field days and master gardener trainings have shifted to a virtual format and will now be offered online. Additionally, SDSU Extension offers pest and crop management question-and-answer sessions with their specialists that qualify crop consultants for continuing education credits.

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Upcoming virtual program opportunities include a seven-week Feedlot Short Course discussing feedlot management best practices, Energy Burst Conversations about community development and Master Food Preserver Volunteer training.