Heather GessnerField Specialist, South Dakota State University Extension / Certified Land Access Trainer
Heather Gessner has worked for SDSU Extension since 2001 and is currently the Livestock Business Management Field Specialist,
based in the Sioux Falls Regional Extension Center.
Heather grew up on a diversified livestock and crop operation where she enjoyed all the things farm life had to offer: early mornings,
fixing fence, cleaning the barn, and working with your siblings. But for real, she loved growing up with her family, showing cattle at
state and national shows, working and tending to the livestock, and growing most of the feed they needed for the cattle and hog
Heather is part of the Ness School for Management and Economics and SDSU Extension Economics. Her focus within the economics
group is all the fun topics: death, dying, taxes, finance, and marketing. She provides education to farmers and ranchers in enterprise
analysis, livestock budgets, financial worksheet creation and analysis, grain and livestock marketing, and marketing plan creation.
Additionally, she leads the SDSU Extension estate and transition planning, and beginning farmer education teams.
1997 B.S. Animal Science, South Dakota State University
2016 M.S. Economics, South Dakota State University