Smart to lead SDSU Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources Program

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BROOKINGS – South Dakota State College (SDSU) Extension has named Alexander “Sandy” Smart As a Outcome of the mannequin new Agriculture and Pure Useful assets Senior Program Chief. A veteran with SDSU’s Division of Animal and Differ Sciences and the Division of Pure Useful resource Administration, Smart brings broad expertise in evaluation, education, Extension and outreach.

“I am delighted to have Sandy be a part of SDSU Extension and the Agriculture and Pure Useful assets group. Sandy brings 20 years of expertise and his ardour for agriculture to this position, Which might serve him properly as he currents management to our Extension experts and The tutorial packages They current,” said Karla Trautman, SDSU Extension director. “Sandy is dedicated to constructing collaborative relationships and documenting the influence of our outreach efforts. SDSU Extension will revenue significantly from his expert expertises, And that i Look forward to the influence he Could have.”

Smart, who most recently served as the assistant department head and professor Inside the Division of Pure Useful resource Administration, has An in depth background in rangeland ecology, grazing management, grassland hearth, forage seedling and forage extreme quality testing. Earlier to that, he served as the South Dakota coordinator of the North Central Area Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program, whereas additionally sustaining an Extension appointment.

His Extension and outreach actions embrace being a enterprise leader for the Renewable Useful assets Extension Act, coordinating for the South Dakota Grassland Coalition and aiding with the formation of the South Dakota Soil Well being Coalition, and educating grassland and range management to college students throughout the state.

Smart acquired his bachelor’s diploma in soil science in 1989 and his grasp’s in agronomy in 1992, each from the College of Wisconsin-Madison. He then went on to get his doctorate in agronomy and range management from the College of Nebraska-Lincoln earlier than be a part ofing SDSU’s Division of Animal and Differ Sciences in August 2001. 

Smart says his background (20 years of educating and evaluation in range management at SDSU) and his particular Extension positions (10-plus years with the S.D. Grassland Coalition and three years as S.D. SARE Coordinator) have ready him for taking The subsequent step into 100% Extension in an administrative performance.

“I’ve a ardour for agriculture, the People who work the land and The lovely panorama itself,” Smart said. “I hope To steer properly, constructing efficient groups To current well timed outreach to our stakeholders. Particularly, I see alternatives to strengthen crop-livestock integration, local climate-smart readiness and integrating new utilized sciences To assist producers be extra environment nice.”

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