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Celebrating 100 Years

Celebrating 100 NDSU Extension green goldIn 2014, we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Smith-Lever Act. It created the Cooperative Extension Service, a state-by-state network of educators to extend university-based research and knowledge to the people. Although times and technologies have changed, NDSU Extension still is committed to extending knowledge and changing lives now and in the future.

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Gearing Up Kids and Parents for Kindergarten

GUFKMore than 1,000 families are better prepared to send their kids to school for the first time with help from Gearing Up for Kindergarten, Extension's 16-week school-readiness program. Children learn skills they'll need in school, such as playing with others, taking turns, reading, math and science, as well as sensory and motor skills. Parents learn ways to help their children gain confidence and have a successful school entry.

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Flood Recovery

Minot floodingThree key steps in recovering from a flood are evaluating your business or home's foundation and structural soundness before entering, removing water from the basement slowly and removing wet or damp material quickly because mold, which is a health hazard, can grow in one to three days. You may be able to salvage some items, but you'll need to discard others for safety reasons. 

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Get Your Water Tested

water quality testingDo you wonder about the quality of the water in your well or the water your livestock are drinking? The NDSU Extension Service is offering free water quality testing at several Research Extension Center field days this summer. You'll also be able to pick up a sterile bottle you can use to collect a water sample to send to a laboratory for a bacteria test. The lab will send you the results.

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Horizons Making a Difference

Horizons impact

Forty-six rural North Dakota communities have participated in Horizons, an 18-month program with education, coaching and activities to broaden their leadership base and help them address issues such as poverty, economic decline and population loss. Communities' accomplishments include obtaining grants, gifts and loans; expanding tourism; increasing volunteerism; and converting closed schools to new uses.

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Spring Tree Planting Time

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Trees provide a multitude of benefits, such as shade, protection from the wind and providing habitat for many species of wildlife. The actual planting of a tree can be as simple or as complex as you like. Nevertheless, there are a few important tips to keep in mind. Learn more about tree planting, care, pest management and those species adapted to North Dakota conditions.

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RLND Makes Impact

RLND PlaygroundCommunities throughout North Dakota have gained playgrounds,  housing, visitor centers, swimming pools, improved emergency services,  child-care and fitness facilities, economic development, and cultrual and recreational opportunities through the Rural Leadership North Dakota program. Do you want to help  your community, organization, business, farm or ranch grow? The deadline to apply for the next RLND class is May 31.  

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Reaching Native American Audiences

girl with veggieThe NDSU Extension Service is committed to serving all North Dakotans. The organization helps Native Americans enhance their lives and communities in many ways, including through programs on preparing nutritious meals, gardening, how to stretch the family's food budget, youth entrepreneurship, controlling noxious weeds, rangeland improvement, water ecology, North Dakota agriculture and soil erosion, and activities such as archery, cover crop demonstrations, and creating community gardens and farmers markets. 

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Clean Flood-soaked Material Quickly, Safely

flood cleanupOnce floodwaters recede, buildings and wet material need to be cleaned and dried quickly because mold can develop in one to three days. Wear protective gear if removing sewage backup because it contains biological contamination. Also avoid standing in water when using electrical equipment such as wet/dry vaccums when doing flood cleanup.  

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Protect Wells From Flooding

wellTaking steps to protect your well from flooding now can save you headaches later. One way to protect your well is to shut it off and install a watertight cap. If the well is flooded, you'll need to have it cleaned and disinfected.

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Houseplant Care and Management

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Growing houseplants is a challenging and rewarding hobby that can be enjoyed by everyone and need not be difficult. Give plants what they need and they’ll do well for you. Take time to learn the cultural needs of a particular plant when you purchase it and keep a watchful eye out for possible disease and insect problems.

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