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868,773 (3/8/2016)

While we are well into another year of great educational programs, let’s pause a minute to look back at 2015. The 868,773 in the headline? That’s the number of direct contacts Extension had with North Dakotans last year. Though these contacts are just one measure of our work, they demonstrate our direct connection with the people whom we serve in a very tangible way. 2015 QPRsIf you think your QPRs don’t matter--you’re only one person--please think again. The chart to the right (click to upsize) will be put in front of SBARE members, legislators and others who have a say in our future, so please continue to take the time to report. It supports your peers, your program team and Extension as a whole.

I thank you for your impact reports as well. Contacts from QPRs are important, but impact reports tell the story of how Extension changes lives. The more solid successes you report well, the better position we’re in to tell stakeholders that NDSU Extension is a great investment for our county, state and federal partners. They demonstrate the need for and strength of all of our program areas. Your impact reports are used in legislative reports; they’re shared with our congressional delegation; and many are posted on a national database that touts excellence and accomplishments in Extension programming for our national partner, USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). They, and the work you do matter. Please continue to give due diligence to reporting so we can know about and celebrate your successes with you.

My sincere thanks for the energy, effort and enthusiasm you put into extending knowledge and changing lives in North Dakota.

Chris Boerboom, Extension Director

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