SDSU plans 2012 Dakotafest exhibits |

SDSU plans 2012 Dakotafest exhibits

SDSU Extension

BROOKINGS, SD – South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension is focused on bringing South Dakotans answers.

Whether it’s on ways to maximize profits on the farm or ranch or how to combat childhood obesity; Extension staff work to provide research-based information through a variety of venues including public workshops,, AnswerLine and at the 2012 Dakotafest.

SDSU Extension, university staff and commodity groups will gather from across the state to host more than 40 informative booths inside the SDSU Pavilion during the three-day farm show.

“We want to make it as easy as possible for attendees to find us and gather the information they need,” said Barry Dunn, Dean of the College of Agriculture and Director of SDSU Extension.

Once inside the SDSU Pavilion, visitors will find it easy to locate what they need. Reflecting the new organizational structure of Extension, booths will be organized by focus area: Crops & Climate; Livestock Production; Food & Family; and Youth & Community Development; and will neighbor with respective commodity groups.

“This year SDSU Extension has focused a lot of energy on creating efficient and real-time access to information. Dakotafest is no different,” said Emery Tschetter, Director of Marketing and Communications for the College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences.

The SDSU Pavilion is also home to the SDSU Bookstore and booths which will host the Hobo Day Committee and staff from the College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences. Free ice water and coffee will be available all day, with free ice cream served at noon and forums beginning at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. each day.

“Between visiting with our specialists and taking in the educational forums we offer each day, the public can expect to gain a good overall view of what is going on in South Dakota’s agriculture industry. They will also have access to specialists and research-based information in all of SDSU Extension’s capstone areas,” Dunn said.

Editor’s Note: For a forum schedule and more information on Dakotafest, visit