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South Dakota: Small-acreage program Feb. 5 in Rapid City discusses alternative energy and fencing

BROOKINGS, SD – The South Dakota Cooperative Extension Service will host an educational program for small-acreage owners on Feb. 5.

The program begins at 9 a.m. at the Pennington County Extension office, located in the Walt Taylor building in Rapid City. The free seminar will focus on tree management, alternative energy options, and includes an informative session entitled “Fencing 101.”

To register for the event, call Extension Range Livestock Extension Associate Mindy Hubert at 605-394-2236, or call Extension Livestock Educator Penny Nester at 605-347-2436. It is preferred that participants sign up by Feb. 2, although walk-ins will be welcome. The event coincides with the closing weekend of the Black Hills Stock Show.

Hubert said the Feb. 5 program is part of the ongoing South Dakota Cooperative Extension Service’s “Skills for Small Acreage Success” educational component, and she said the program offers small-acreage owners quality information that can help them address issues they may face as rural property owners.

“We have LeRoy Ness, a rancher from Brule County who is also a fencing instructor at the South Dakota Grazing School, and he can explain many fencing techniques landowners may want to consider,” Hubert said. “Extension Forestry Specialist John Ball will share insight on tree management for Black Hills area properties, and we’ll have Steve Wegman from the South Dakota Wind Energy Association who can answer questions on wind and geo-thermal options for landowners.”

For other questions on the event, call Hubert at 605-394-2236.

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