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949,431 (4/21/2017)

It’s the record number for an atlas of Dickey County in the Library of Congress.

It’s the MLS number of a home for sale at Knoxville, Tennessee.

And it’s the beginning of a whole lot of phone numbers in southern California.   

The thing I want to talk about is the 949,431 direct contacts – differences – you made with North Dakotans in 2016.

Though these contacts are just one measure of our work, they demonstrate our direct connection – the relationships – with the people we’re here to serve. If you think your QPRs don’t matter—you’re only one person, right?—please think again. The 2016 QPR Pie Chartchart to the right (click to upsize) is put in front of SBARE members, legislators, the Extension Comprehensive Review Committee and others who can and do impact the organization’s 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 statements as well. As Paul Harvey ended his radio programs, they tell “…the rest of the story.” The more solid successes you report, the better position we’re in to show our county, state and federal stakeholders that the NDSU Extension Service is a great investment. They demonstrate the need for and strength of all of our program areas. Your impact statements are used in legislative reports, the Annual Highlights report and federal 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). We’re in the process of putting renewed vigor into further uses of impact statements in the press and social media as well.

Your QPRs and impact statements, and the work you do, matters. Please continue to give due diligence to reporting so we can know about, celebrate and share your successes.

Chris Boerboom, Extension Director

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