After the Storm: Meeting in Hot Springs Feb. 20 |

After the Storm: Meeting in Hot Springs Feb. 20

SDSU Extension is working with Empower Coalition and South Dakota Department of Agriculture to bring educational programming to producers affected by the October 2013 blizzard by hosting a meeting with a sponsored meal Feb. 20, 2014 in Hot Springs from 6-8 p.m. at the Mueller Center in Hot Springs.

Four main topics will be covered:

Financial Tools and Cow Leases-What’s Fair: This topic will cover information related to cow-share leases, what’s fair, what to include and who pays for what. Financial records and how to use them to determine ranch progress over a year’s time. Where to go for financial resources.

“Financial concerns of farmers and ranchers affected by the October blizzard have been in the forefront of many people’s minds. The idea behind this program is to help people know where to look in their financial statements and how to make the appropriate adjustments in their budgets for the next year,” said Shannon Sand, SDSU Extension Livestock Business Management Field Specialist.

2. Cattle Health and Nutrition after the Storm: Adele Harty SDSU Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist will be discussing some of the nutrition and health concerns that producers are dealing with now, four months after the storm.

3. Emotional Well-being: This topic will cover warning signs you may see in yourself or others, some myths regarding talking about suicide, and resources that are available.

4. Community Development and Business Assistance: “When our agriculture businesses are affected, the whole community is affected,” said Peggy Schlechter, SDSU Extension Community Development Field Specialist. “During difficult times, it is important to work together to face challenges and support each other. We will provide business and community information so you can more easily locate the resources you need.”

Sponsors for this event include; Novartis and Verns Manufacturing.If you plan on attending this meeting and meal, please RSVP to Dave Koupal at 605-995-7193 by Feb. 18. For more information, please contact Adele Harty or Shannon Sand at 605-394-1722.

–SDSU Extension