Budget cuts mean end of SDSU Ag-Bio Communications


The center is currently responsible for distributing ag-related educational information throughout the state.

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SDSU Ag-Bio Communications, along with its nine employees, has been cut due to the nearly $4.7 million in cuts to SDSU.

“… part of the staff will be gone at the end of the fiscal year in June, while others will continue until October,” said Lowell Haag, director and production manager for Ag-Bio Communications.

Hagg said all Ag-Bio Communications employees received a letter saying they were laid off or that their contract would not be renewed.

Dean of the College of Agriculture and Biological Science Barry Dunn declined to comment on this matter until Thursday.

Ag-Bio Communications is responsible for packaging information to be dispersed throughout South Dakota.

“The majority of the work we do at Ag-Bio communications is packaging the educational information gathered by researchers and the experiment station… and write it up in such a way that everyday people in South Dakota can understand it without big research language,” Haag said. “We [the employees] are the people who then do the packaging work, whether it’s an extension publication or flyers or television program.”

Lyle Olson, a journalism and mass communications professor, said he was surprised to see Ag-Bio Communications cut.

“[I’m] kind of surprised because one of SDSU’s core reasons for being a land grant university is to provide extension information to the state, and that’s what they did,” Olson said.