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NDSU Extension Service state and area specialists and county-based agents work collaboratively to deliver educational programs in four key areas: Agriculture and Natural Resources, Family and Consumer Sciences, Community Vitality and 4-H Youth Development.

To illustrate our programs’ economic, environmental and personal impacts, these infographics highlight the work and their benefits to North Dakota citizens. They are a mere snapshot of the numerous programs delivered by Extension each year.

Although times and technologies have changed since the Cooperative Extension Service was created in 1914, the NDSU Extension Service continues to be responsive to people’s local needs and remains committed to extending knowledge and changing lives now and in the future.

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September is Family Meals Month

Family TableEating together as a family has many benefits. Meals eaten as a family tend to be more healthful. They also give families an opportunity to communicate and strengthen relationships.

If you are looking to help your kids succeed in school, family mealtimes can help. Teens who eat together more often with their families do better in school, earning more A’s and B’s than their counterparts who do not eat together as often.

Meals eaten with family members usually include less fat, less pop and more fruits and vegetables. Family meals also tend to be higher in calcium, fiber and other essential nutrients.

Celebrate Family Meals Month by visiting NDSU Extension’s The Family Table for information on how to get your family eating together more often and to take the Family Table Challenge.

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NDSU Extension Service Develops Drought Resources

Drought ConditionsIn response to the drought conditions facing much of North Dakota, the NDSU Extension Service has developed multiple resources for farmers, ranchers, gardeners and homeowners. The NDSU Extension Service Drought website is the comprehensive resource for all things related to drought. It includes links to:

* The FeedList - bringing together buyers and sellers who have or need feedstuffs (hay, pasture, corn, etc.). The site also may be used to donate or receive donations.

* The most current Drought News.

* Weather conditions updated every five minutes through the North Dakota Agricultural Weather Network.

* Lawns, gardens and trees resources for homeowners.

* Ways to help someone experiencing stress during tough times.

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Helping Communities Take Charge of Their Future

SET ProgramRural North Dakota communities often struggle to strengthen their economy.

To assist them, the NDSU Extension Service partnered with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development program on the Stronger Economies Together (SET) program. Through SET, communities work collaboratively on an economic development plan that builds on the region’s current and emerging economic strengths.

Community and business leaders in Logan, McIntosh and Emmons counties were the first to take advantage of SET. Their goals were to increase tourism, improve access to local foods and health care, and get more youth involved in leadership roles.

SET is one of several ways NDSU Extension helps create vital communities. Extension provides the research-based information and connections to experts and resources that allow communities to make informed decisions and build on opportunities to meet citizens’ needs now and in the future.

Visit the Center for Community Vitality for more information about NDSU Extension’s community vitality efforts.

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