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BeefSD seeks applicants

Participation in beefSD gives beginning beef producers an opportunity to increase knowledge and understanding of all aspects of the industry and develop the skills needed to be successful beef business managers.

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Cattle producers with less than five years of experience can apply for beefSD's class 5. (Erin Ehnle Brown / Grand Vale Creative LLC)

BROOKINGS, S.D. — South Dakota State University Extension is accepting applications for class 5 of beefSD.

BeefSD provides intensive educational content in beef enterprise management. Participation in the program gives beginning beef producers an opportunity to increase knowledge and understanding of all aspects of the industry and develop the skills needed to be successful beef business managers.

Applicants should have less than 10 years of management experience.

The beefSD program involves four main components over the course of two years: face-to-face workshops and interactive webinars, networking and mentoring, ranch-to-rail evaluation and out-of-state learning experiences. Workshops will take place throughout the state, and participants are expected to provide their own transportation to most in-state events. Other expenses associated with meetings, such as hotels and meals, will be covered through the program.

BeefSD is open to individuals with less than 10 years of management experience in beef production. If not currently involved in beef production, participants must possess a strong desire to be involved in it in the future.

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A maximum of 20 operations will be selected for the program based on an application and a webinar interview. Spouses, siblings or direct family members are encouraged to apply as one operation. Once selected, the registration fee is $1,250 per individual.

Applications for class 5 will be accepted until Sept. 9. The class is scheduled to begin October 2020 and will end August 2022.

If interested in applying, please contact Stacy Hadrick at stacy.hadrick@sdstate.edu or 605-347-1195, Ken Olson at Kenneth.Olson@sdstate.edu , Krista Ehlert at Krista.Ehlert@sdstate.edu or call 605.394.2236 for an application.

COVID-19 precautions will be followed for face-to-face meetings and case studies. Adaptations will also be made to events and the schedule, if needed, depending on case numbers of COVID-19.

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