Rural Leadership North Dakota
Twenty-one participants came together on April 3rd at the North Central Research Extension Center in Minot for the RLND Ward County Community Leadership Workshop on Working Together to Improve Quality of Life. The workshop was organized through the Ward County Extension Office Staff and the Rural Leadership North Dakota (RLND) Program.
RLND recently held in Minot the ninth of ten seminars that RLND Class V will experience. Attached is the update from our “Economic Development and Leadership” seminar. Thank you for your continued interest and support of the RLND Program. Remember, applications are now being accepted for Class VI!
The North Dakota State University Extension Service’s Rural Leadership North Dakota program is recruiting for its sixth class, which starts in November. Rural Leadership North Dakota (RLND) is an 18-month leadership development program for anyone who wants to learn how to help improve his or her organization, business, farm or ranch operation, or community.
Day 7 Cuiaba, Mato Grosso, Brazil Early meeting with Famato which is the Brazilian equivalent of Farm Bureau. Their representatives provided us information about agriculture in the state of Mato Grosso. Mato Grosso is the third largest state. They produce 24% of the Brazilian soybean crop and 2% of the worlds soybeans. Within Brazil they are also number 1 in cattle, cotton, 2nd crop corn, and sunflower. In 2012, because of the drought in the US and a bumber crop in Mato Grosso, they produced 9% of the world crop. They currently produce 19% of the Brazilian corn crop and rapid adaptation of technology could push that to 50%. They also produce 50% of the Brazilian cotton crop.
Day 6 in Brazil continued in Cuiaba in Mato Grosso state. We took a scenic drive to the Bom Futuro farm. Along the way were very picturesque scenes of plateaus and fields. We learned about the large soybean farm we were about to visit, but no one was prepared for the massive size and diversity of the operation.
After some complications state side, we landed in Brazilia Thursday morning a few minutes early. It was approximately 8:30 am local time which is 4 hours earlier than CT and 5 hours earlier than MT. We boarded a charter bus, met our guides and toured Brazil's national capital today.
Attached is the update from our “Understanding North Dakota Ag and Rural Policies” seminar recently held in Bismarck. The Bismarck Seminar is the seventh of ten seminars Class V participants will experience in their 18-month RLND experience. Thank you for your continued interest and support of the RLND Program.
Participants from RLND Class V will be traveling to Brazil January 23 – February 1st. Several RLND Alumni will be joining Class V participants over the ten-day seminar. Participants will visit Brasilia to learn about trade relations and national politics. Participants will spend four days in the Mato Grosso state learning about production and animal agriculture practices, domestic food policies, water issues as well as experience the Cuiaba Farmers Market. The last two days will be spent in Rio learning about the Brazilian culture and customs. Daily updates from Brazil will be posted on the RLND website.
The RLND Alumni Association (AA) is sponsoring several events January 10 and 11, 2013 in Bismarck for RLND Alumni and RLND Class V participants. Events include the RLND AA Legislative Social from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. January 10th at the Kelly Inn, panel discussion on moving leadership ahead, RLND business meeting, luncheon with Class V participants and a presentation by Jodee Bock on January 11th.
RLND Class V participants recently met in Hettinger, North Dakota for their sixth RLND Seminar, “Exploring the Relationship Between Agriculture, Communities and Natural Resources”.
The Rural Leadership North Dakota (RLND) website has a new look and feel. The homepage will feature posts about various RLND program events as well as leadership ideas, quotes and resources.