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Annual Highlights is a winner on many fronts (8/1/2017)

2016 Annual Highlights CoverThe NDSU Extension Service and N.D. Agricultural Experiment Station put out its first Annual Highlights in 2001 as a way to report our collective accomplishments to SBARE, legislators and other stakeholders. The report could easily fill 1,000 pages each year for all the great efforts and impacts there are to tell about, but we glean, glean some more, and then highlight a cross section knowing there will be more excellent information to share the next year.

The 2016 Annual Highlights won first place in the 2017 National Federation of Press Women communications contest. Take a look at the judges’ comments below then join me in recognizing the Agriculture Communication Team of Kelli Armbruster, Ellen Crawford, Dave Haasser and Deb Tanner for excellent writing, organization and design. Don’t stop there though. In each report is name after name and face after face of other hard-working employees with whom the content originates. It takes a team, and each year as I read the report, I’m reminded and thankful to be a part of the great Extension and research team at NDSU.

2017 judges’ comments: “This is a VERY impressive publication. The subject matter could easily be considered somewhat routine, but the stories come alive through strong writing and especially excellent photography throughout as well as compelling infographics. This is a fairly lengthy piece, but it doesn't feel that way due to the clean design and careful use of subheads and spot color to move readers through the publication. The photos are very people-focused. The cover is eye-catching and the photos there lead into many of the stories inside. The overall feel created by this publication is one of two very active programs that are highly engaged with the community and making a difference.”

Chris Boerboom, Extension Director

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