Laura Edwards is the South Dakota State Climatologist/Extension Climate Field Specialist located at the South Dakota State University Extension in Aberdeen, South Dakota. With an education and career built around climate research, Laura draws upon years of experience to develop tools, resources and information on how weather impacts decisions on the farm and ranch. She is a member of the American Meteorological Society; American Association of State Climatologists; National Association of County Agriculture Agents; South Dakota Association of Agricultural Extension Professionals; and the American Geophysical Union (AGU). Laura received her M.S. in Meteorology from the University of Maryland.