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USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS)

NRCS puts 80+ years of experience to work in assisting South Dakota’s private landowners and landusers in conserving their soil, water, and other natural resources. NRCS is a federal agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture that offers technical and financial assistance suited to a customer's specific needs. With conservation specialists serving every county, NRCS works closely with local conservation districts and other partners. NRCS provides free one-on-one personalized advice on the best solutions to meet the unique conservation and business goals of those who grow our Nation’s food and fiber. Participation in NRCS programs is voluntary; soil health improvement is a high priority.

Call: (605) 352-1200


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South Dakota Association of Conservation Districts (SDACD)

The South Dakota Association of Conservation Districts represents 68 local conservation districts across the state. SDACD is committed to helping landowners and land users—including non-operator landowners—conserve natural resources. That includes promoting improved soil health and a healthy environment. Conservation Districts and SDACD partner with many conservation and farm organizations and are often the first point of contact for guidance to conservation assistance from other sources.

Call: (800) 729-4099

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South Dakota State University Extension

SDSU Extension is South Dakota's trusted source for research-based knowledge. As a cornerstone of SDSU's land-grant university mission, SDSU Extension empowers citizens to be more competitive in a growing global economy through education and technical training or assistance. Our purpose is to foster a learning community environment that empowers citizens to advocate for sustainable change that will strengthen agriculture, natural resources, youth, families, and the communities of South Dakota.

Call: (605) 688-4792


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South Dakota Soil Health Coalition (SDSHC)

The South Dakota Soil Health Coalition is a producer led, non-profit, membership organization that was created in the spring of 2015. The Coalition is governed by a nine-member board of farmers and ranchers from across the state and includes several staff members. Staff and board members strive to carry out the Coalition’s mission to “Promote Improved Soil Health” through education and outreach. Major projects and membership benefits include: field walks and workshops, annual Soil Health School,  mentoring network, bi-monthly newsletter, informational videos, and the distribution of soil health education kits to school groups.

Call: (605) 280-4190



South Dakota Grassland Coalition (SDGC)

The South Dakota Grasslands Coalition is committed to helping ranchers and farmers improve stewardship of grasslands through sustainable and profitable management. SDGC conducts informational and educational activities that show the economic benefits of proven grassland and livestock management practices. The coalition focuses on presenting workshops, field tours, and other educational activities tailored to the needs of producers. 

Call: (605) 280-0127



Dakota Grasslands - Where Good Things Grow (WGTG)

"Where Good Things Grow” is a public service campaign, created by the South Dakota Association of Conservation Districts with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. This initiative emphasizes the value of healthy soil in South Dakota, highlighting farmers and ranchers who employ practices like no-till and managed grazing to protect and enhance soil health. The campaign, through television spots, deepens understanding of the crucial link between healthy soil and clean water while celebrating those dedicated to preserving the health and productivity of South Dakota's soil for future generations.

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