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Four from Extension honored at NDSU Harvest Bowl (11/12/2015)

It was truly a pleasure to add my applause to the crowd’s as we gathered in Fargo on Nov. 6 for the 2015 Harvest Bowl awards banquet. The Harvest Bowl program annually recognizes success, dedication and hard work of outstanding agriculturists in 53 counties and Fort Berthold in North Dakota and 10 counties in Minnesota. These honorees from this year’s list will be familiar to most of you:

Dean and Pam Aakre, Clay County, Minn. - Both NDSU graduates, Dean and Pam have been involved in agriculture their entire lives and, in addition to careers off the farm, continue to operate a small beef cow-calf farm near Rollag. Dean is 4-H youth development specialist with the Center for 4-H Youth Development.

Craig and Margie Askim, Mercer County - Craig, too, is an NDSU graduate and ANR Extension agent in Mercer County. In addition to being active in their community and as 4-H club leaders, Craig and Margie grow wheat and beans on a small fourth-generation family farm in Walsh County.

Kristi and Les Berdal, Nelson County - Just as Kristi has dual bachelor’s degrees—one from NDSU and one from UND—she has dual roles as FCS Extension agent in Nelson and Steele counties. In addition to careers and community volunteerism, she and her husband, Les, have raised sheep and registered Welsh ponies.

ElRoy and Carol Haadem, Burleigh County - ElRoy, NDSU graduate and former long-time ANR Extension agent in Burleigh County, and his wife, Carol, operate a small farm near Bismarck. They have sheep, an apple orchard and accommodations for high school rodeo horses and, through the years, provided opportunities for their children and area youth to raise sheep, hogs, beef and dairy cattle, and rabbits on their farm for 4-H projects.

Applause photoPlease join me in another round of applause for these outstanding agriculturists and Extension employees who are actively involved in their communities.

Chris Boerboom, Extension Director

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