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Honors galore! (8/30/2017)

Joel RansomJoel Ransom, Extension agronomist, was recognized with the President’s Volunteer Service Award, an award issued by the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation, for contributing over 100 hours of service on international assignments with the Farmer-to-Farmer Program in Senegal, West Africa. Joel’s work, funded by Winrock International, focused on providing instruction to women’s groups on the making and marketing of couscous. The Council was created in 2003 by former President George W. Bush to recognize “individuals, group and families who have met or exceeded requirements for volunteer service and have demonstrated exemplary citizenship through volunteering.” The award is given on an annual basis. You can find out more in the news release. Thank you, Joel, for answering this need so well.

Many NDSU Extension Service agents and specialists were honored at the National Association of County Agricultural Agents annual meeting at Salt Lake City, Utah in July. Join me in a round of applause for Extension Agents Dan Folske, Burke County; Alicia Harstad, Stutsman County; Todd Weinmann, Cass County; Lindy Berg, Towner County; Craig Askim, Mercer County; and Brad Brummond, Walsh County; and Specialists Mary Berg, livestock environmental management/CREC; Greg Endres, cropping systems/CREC; and Hans Kandel, agronomist/Plant Sciences. Information about the awards is included in the recent news release. Congratulations to each of you.

Andrew Thostenson 2017Andrew Thostenson, Extension pesticide program specialist, received the highest recognition given by the American Association of Pesticide Safety Educators during their national meeting in Fargo July 25-26. AAPSE Fellows are selected for their “superior service to AAPSE and achievement in education, certification, public service, research, personal achievement and recognition.” A number of the supporting letters in Andrew’s nomination spoke of his dedication, integrity, leadership and creativity to advance pesticide safety education. Excellent work, Andrew!




Chris Boerboom, Extension director

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