Agriculture Extension Department

Ms. Leslie Rae Henry

Work Information

Job title

Agriculture Extension Director

Key responsibilities

Departmental leadership primarily in the 1994-Land Grant issues related to agriculture & natural resources. Grant management related to national USDA goals and projects.

Department or workgroup

Agriculture & Natural Resource Cooperative Extension Outreach Education Department

Contact Information

Electronic mail address

Web address:

Office phone

(605) 455-6084 or 6085

Fax number

(605) 455-2411

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Current Projects

Pine Ridge Agriculture Economy -- PRAE

Oglala Sioux Tribe and the USDA Rural Development are in the process of implementing the Pine Ridge Agriculture Economy concept paper plan of action under the direction of OST Agriculture Director Mr. Bud May. OLC Agriculture Extension Department is part of the Steering Committee for this project.

PRAE Concept Paper

Pine Ridge Food Sovereignty Coalition

The Pine Ridge food sovereignty coalition is a loose net group of programs and individuals interested in the development of local food production. It is a network of producers, educators, local/tribal/state/federal government agencies, etc. who are working toward food self-sufficiency.

PRFSC -- Notes and Reports

Pine Ridge Reservation Agriculture Technology Committee

The Pine Ridge Agriculture Technology Committee is a group of Tribal, State, Federal, & local ranchers and farmers who are interested in the food and fiber industries on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Their main objective it to provide a coordinated effort to provide technical assistance and educational activities to local ranchers, farmers and landowners on the Pine Ridge Reservation. This is an informal group who work together on a volunteer bases. The group includes the following organization (and is open to anyone who wants to assist):

Oglala Lakota Tribal Agriculture Review Planning Committee

The Oglala Lakota Tribal Agriculture Review Planning Committiee is a group of local tribal, state, & federal agencies working on a 10 year plan for agricultural land use issue on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

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Biographical Information

Ms. Henry was born in Gordon, Nebraska and her family has been in the Pine Ridge area for over 100 years. Her great grandfather on her fathers mothers side was the first sheriff for Grodon, Nebraska. He also help to lay the first brick building at Holy Rosary Mission. She was raise in White Clay, Nebraska and attended Extension District 129 country school South of White Clay. She is a Rushville High School granduate. Her college education began at Chadron State College, then she transferred to Iowa State University of Technology where she received her Baccalaureate of Science degree in Animal Science. She has taken graduate course from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in Adult Vocational Education with and Extension emphasis, Colorado State University in Natural Resources, and has her Master of Science degree from South Dakota State University in Biology.

Personal Interests

Gardening, horseback riding, fishing, cooking, canning, beef production, yak production & practical research.

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