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NDSU Extension FCS rocks! (11/9/2017)

NEAFCS Omaha MeetingMany NDSU Extension Service agents and specialists were recognized with awards at the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences annual meeting at Omaha, Neb. in October. Join me in a round of applause for Extension Agents Brenda Langerud, Ramsey County; Rita Ussatis, Cass County; Kristi Berdal, Nelson & Steele counties; Kim Fox, Benson County; Sara Laite, Ramsey County; and Julie Garden-Robinson, food and nutrition specialist. Information about the awards is included in the recent news release.

Julie Garden-Robinson 2017Ellen Bjelland 2017Ellen Bjelland, Extension agent/Ward County, and Julie Garden-Robinson were elected for two-year terms on the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Board. Ellen is the Central Region director, and Julie is vice president for public affairs. According to Julie, the last time North Dakota had a presence on the board was about 40 years ago, and we now make up one-sixth of it!  This is great testament to Julie’s and Ellen’s leadership skills and a nice endorsement for NDSU Extension.

Windbreak Cookbook CoverThe Windbreak Cookbook Featuring Fruits of the Prairie Forests received the Notable State Government Documents Award from the North Dakota Library Association. The cookbook and two other top nominations will be forwarded for national consideration by the American Library Association in late spring 2018. This is a great example of a multidisciplinary and partnership effort with Derek Lowstuter, North Dakota Forest Service, proposing the original idea and Julie Garden-Robinson, food and nutrition specialist; Kathy Wiederholt, fruit project manager, CREC; and Esther McGinnis, Extension horticulturist, working together with him. Credit is also given to Joe Zeleznik, Extension Forester, who wrote the foreword, and Ellen Crawford who did a great job editing. Bring on the Dakota Juneberry pie!


Kudos to all of you!

Chris Boerboom, Extension Director

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