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PILD delegates report great opportunity (5/4/2016)

Holly Arnold, Extension parent educator; Brad Brummond, Extension ANR agent; Lynette Flage, Center for Community Vitality director; Julie Kramlich, Extension ANR agent; and Macine Lukach, Extension FCS agent and parent educator, represented NDSU Extension Service at the 2016 Public Issues Leadership Development Conference April 10-13 at Washington, DC. Along with getting to know each other better, this group of five met peers from throughout the United States, learned more about Extension at the national level and received advice on effectively working with elected officials.

The group reported that the highlight of their experience was meeting the North Dakota congressional team in their D.C. environment. They enjoyed discussing NDSU Extension program highlights with Senators Heitkamp and Hoeven, Rep. Cramer's Chief of Staff, and others on their respective staffs, covering agriculture and natural resources, family and consumer sciences including the ND Parent Education Network, 4-H youth development and community vitality. Holly's advice for her peers? "Consider being part of a PILD team. Visit DC and be part of the national conversation while educating our congressional delegation about the NDSU Extension Service and all that it provides for North Dakota residents."

PILD 2016

(pictured: Julie Kramlich, Macine Lukach, Holly Arnold, Sen. Heitkamp, Brad Brummond and Lynette Flage)

Chris Boerboom, Extension Director

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