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Brandt Joins Extension in Brule and Lyman Counties
South Dakota Ag Connection - 05/15/2017

Natalie Brandt recently joined the SDSU Extension team as an SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Program Advisor for Brule and Lyman counties.

In this role, Brandt will provide support, guidance and leadership to 4-H youth and volunteers; manage 4-H programming; develop and deliver educational programming and work with local stakeholders to enhance the overall mission of South Dakota 4-H.

"Natalie has a strong 4-H background and her previous career experience will enhance the 4-H programming in Brule and Lyman Counties," said Donna Bittiker, SDSU Extension State 4-H Program Director.

A 4-H alumnus, Brandt credits the organization with helping her develop personally as well as professionally.

"4-H definitely made me who I am today," said Brandt who grew up on a farm near Elkton. "My mom worked in the Brookings County 4-H Office and encouraged me to do everything 4-H had to offer - so I did." Through 4-H photography projects, Brandt developed a talent that she continues to enjoy as a wildlife photographer.

Brandt is eager to work with 4-H volunteers and 4-H members to help youth find their niche through 4-H.

"4-H has so much to offer and I gained so much from my involvement in the organization, that I am excited to provide valuable opportunities to Brule and Lyman County youth," she said. "4-H provides positive experiences for youth to learn and grow."

Prior to joining the SDSU Extension team, Brandt worked as a S.D. Game, Fish and Parks Naturalist at the Sioux Falls Outdoor Campus. In this role she developed and hosted outdoor programming for youth. "I look forward to implementing more outdoor programming in Brule and Lyman Counties," Brandt said.

To learn more about Brandt, contact her at Natalie.Brandt@sdstate.edu or call 605-869-2226.

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