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January-March 2020

Pulse Crop Instruction
 
Pulse Crop Instruction
Quarterly Narrative

4H and Youth Development

January 12 and 16: Breana coached 4-H Horse Hippology practice at the Carrol House in Fullerton. The youth learned from stations with topics that included horse breeds, horse colors, horse basic anatomy, horse reproduction, and poisonous plants. The youth also worked on improving their judging skills by reviewing practice classes on horse conformation.

January 30: Danielle taught a class at the Southeast Region Career and Technical Center (SRCTC) to 17 youth on Pulse Crops.  The class discussed what a pulse crop is, how it is grown in ND and how to prepare and eat pulse crops.

February 2, 9 and 23: Breana coached 4-H Horse Hippology practice at the Carrol House in Fullerton. The youth learned from stations with topics that included horse conformation, horse unsoundness issues, horse basic skeletal anatomy, and horse digestive anatomy. The youth worked on their team working skills by practicing team problem that covers a horse related issue and the youth need to answer as a team, which improves their public speaking kills. The youth also worked on improving their judging skills by learning how to evaluate classes such as western pleasure and hunter under saddle. 

February 2 & 9: Danielle introduced herself to 2 of the 4-H groups in Dickey County, Jim River Kids and Prairie Rose.

February 19-Danielle hosted a 4-H meeting to discuss the Dickey County 4-H Fair schedule. The committee discussed new ideas of activities for the youth to engage and how to make the weekend fun and relaxing for the families. Breana joined the meeting remotely through conference call.

February 18 & 25: Danielle taught a lesson on Rube Goldberg Machines to the 6th graders at Oakes Elementary School. In total, 29 students were preparing to display their machines at Parent/Teacher Conferences.  

February 29-Breana chaperoned the Dickey County Horse Hippology  at the Sargent County Horse Hippology Contest and Quizbowl Contest. The  Senior team placed 4th in the Hippology Contest and place 3rd in the Quizbowl Contest. The Intermediate team placed 2nd in the Hippology contest and 3rd in the Quizbowl contest.  In the Quizbowl contest for individual placings were Lily Thorpe (Senior) placed 2nd, Kali Norton (Intermediate) placed 1st and Emma Rodine (Junior) placed 1st.

 

March 4: Danielle spoke to the 7th graders at Ellendale Public School about Careers in Extension.

March 7-Breana chaperoned the part of  Dickey County Horse Hippology  team to the ND Wintershow Hippology Contest. The Intermediate team joined with Ward County and placed 1st overall. The Senior team joined with Ward county and placed 3rd overall. Intermediate team placed 1st in the station category and Sara Young (Senior) placed 3rd in the judging station.  Dickey County also had representation at the ND State Crop Judging Contest. Evan Olson placed 11th in the junior division.

March 12: Danielle joined the Jim River Kids on a tour of the Qual Dairy in Lisbon, ND.  Thirty people were awed by how streamlined the dairy operation runs.

March 21: Danielle and her family joined other members of the Jim River Kids 4-H club in painting HEARTS on windows of the Oakes Community Hospital. We left messages of hope, joy and happiness.

Agriculture and Natural Resource

January 8-Breana attended the James River Soil Conservation District meeting. She shared information about upcoming programs in Dickey County and through out the State that board members would be interested in attending.

January 13– Breana attended the Cover Crop In-service held at the NDSU Carrington Research Extension Center. The in-service discussed cover crop seed regulations, cover crop varieties, herbicide considerations with cover crops, how to select cover crops for goals like integrating with livestock, and the debut of the NDSU Cover Crop calculator. The end of the training, attendees had a hands-on experience identifying cover crops and received cover crop kits to use in their home counties. 

January 15-Breana attended the North Dakota Grazing Lands Coalition Annual meeting in Bismarck. The meeting hosted speakers from Alberta, Canada who shared he grazes in a winter wonderland and a speaker form Osco, Ill who shared his expertise about the current cattle production industry and the market conditions.

January 28-Breana hosted a Soil Health Café at the Angry Beaver in Oakes. The Café consisted of Abbey Wick, NDSU Soil Specialist and Greg Endres, NDSU Agronomy Specialist who visited with local producers about concerns they had related to soil health.

January 30-Breana presented at the Farm Service Agency Farm Bill Update in Guelph. Breana showcased the NDSU Farm Bill Calculator available for producers to utilize to help predict what Farm Bill program would be beneficial for their operation in the upcoming years.

 

February 4-Breana presented at the Farm Service Agency Farm Bill Update in Ellendale. Breana showcased the NDSU Farm Bill Calculator available for producers to utilize to help predict what Farm Bill program would be beneficial for their operation in the upcoming years.

February 14-Breana attended the ND Wildlife Society Annual meeting. Breana was only able to attend 1 day of the 2 due to bad weather. The day had presenters sharing the ongoing research in the state related to wildlife.

February 16-20-Breana attended the Society for Range Management National Meeting in Denver, CO. Breana serves on the national Endowment Committee and has the responsibilities of running the silent auction fundraiser. While at the meeting she was able to visit and learn from many presenters at the poster session  and in the break out sessions to learn what students, agencies and professionals are currently working on across the nation and other countries. 

February 25-Breana hosted Commodity Elections. The elections were for the Pea and Lentil Council and for the Sunflower Council.

March 10-Breana assisted with the Prescribed Burn workshop held at the Arrowwood National Wildlife Refuge hosted by the ND Prescribed Burn Cooperation. The participation had producers and industry personnel interested in learning how to use prescribed burns as a tool to manage rangeland.  Topics covered included tools to use, how to plan a prescribed burn, weather patterns and resources, and prescribed burn techniques and terminology.

March 12-Breana teamed up with Julianne Racine, Lamoure NDSU Ag Agent, to host the annual Dickey/Lamoure Producing for Profit Workshop. Breana presented on land rental rates and the techniques that can be used to calculate an agreeable rate. Julianne presented on the Farm Bill calculator.  Industry professionals shared programs available for producers and Frayne Olson, NDSU Crop Economist Specialist who shared his outlook for the ag markets.

Family Community Wellness

February 11: Danielle taught a class to the Ellendale Senior Center on Backyard Birds. The program was well received by 15 participants.

February 12: Danielle taught the program “Have you Seen my Car Keys?” at the Oakes Senior Center. The program addresses memory loss and was  given to 35 participant

March 2: Danielle helped Cindy Klapperich with Sargent County Extension teach an Instant Pot Cooking Class to 10 women in Rutland. Danielle was preparing to lead her own class in Dickey County.

March 11: Danielle attended and helped instruct a course titled Lead Local to 30 residents in Linton, ND. Again Danielle was preparing to teach her own class here in Dickey County.

General Extension

January  9 & 23: Danielle met with the administration from both the Ellendale Public School and the Oakes Public School. She introduced herself, met the staff and explained available programming.

January 10: Danielle met with the staff at two local Senior centers, in Oakes and Ellendale. She discussed available programming and completed a needs assessment with both.

 

February 3-5: Danielle attended professional development training with NDSU Extension. The program, 7 Healthy Habits, was led by Jodi Bruns and took place in Bismarck.

February 6– Breana and Danielle had their annual performance review with the Crystal Schaunaman, Central District Director and Joel Hamar, Dickey County Commissioner.

 February 10-Breana and Danielle judged at the Ellendale Public School Science Fair.

March 11-Breana attended the Dickey County Township Officer meeting. Breana shared the resources available from NDSU regarding the upcoming overland flood conditions.

 

 

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