South Dakota COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Website

Governor Noem’s “Back to Normal” Plan

PIERRE, S.D. – Governor Kristi Noem and her team are working closely with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to activate the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program in South Dakota. This program would help eligible businesses and non-profits impacted by COVID-19.

“We are working very closely with the SBA to ensure that South Dakota companies negatively impacted by Covid-19 have access to economic assistance,” said Noem. “This is unchartered territory for everyone, including the SBA, but my economic development team stands ready to help businesses and counties work through this process. I’m extremely thankful for the quick response and strong leadership that President Trump and his team at SBA are providing.”

DETAILS: Affected small businesses and non-profits need to download, complete, and submit this SBA EIDL Worksheet and Instructions to expedite activation of the EIDL program. Completed forms may be submitted by email to [email protected]. Please note, this initial survey form is not a SBA loan application. When the EIDL program is activated, businesses will be contacted to apply directly to the SBA.

Online Commercial Applicator Testing

PIERRE, S.D. – Due to the spread of COVID-19, many commercial applicator testing locations remain closed throughout South Dakota. The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) will offer an online commercial applicator test for commercial applicators who need certification and a temporary license for the 2020 season. Applicators who pass the online exam will be issued a temporary commercial applicator license valid through September 30, 2020.

The online commercial applicator exam can be found at . If you have any questions or experience problems with the online test, please contact the SDDA at 605.773.5425 or [email protected]

Starting October 1, 2020, the temporary license may be extended by completing a regular commercial proctored exam(s) at an SDSU Extension testing location.

If an applicator’s certification and license are current, and they need to add a specific category for the upcoming spray season, please contact the SDDA.

Agriculture is a major contributor to South Dakota’s economy, generating $32.5 billion in annual economic activity and employing over 132,000 South Dakotans. The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s mission is to promote, protect, and preserve South Dakota agriculture for today and tomorrow. Visit us online at or find us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.