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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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Transforming Lives Through Education

Six years ago, about the time Vawnita Best gave up a 15-year career involving extensive travel to stay at home to raise her then-2-year-old son and help her husband build their registered Angus herd, she was accepted into the NDSU Extension Service's Rural Leadership North Dakota program.

 "I was excited to find a leadership program structured for people with a passion for North Dakota, agriculture and community," the Watford City rancher says.

 The 18-month leadership development program helps participants think critically and creatively, communicate effectively, do strategic planning and manage conflict. They also learn about agricultural and rural policy, economic trends that could affect North Dakota, innovative ways to fund local and regional development projects, civic engagement, the value of coalitions and partnerships, and industry and community advocacy.

RLND is one of many examples of NDSU Extension's educational approach that provides North Dakota citizens with the information they need to make changes in their life and community. The concept is called transformational education.

"In transformational education, Extension staff make a conscious and continued effort to provide information in a way that will serve as a catalyst for individual and community change," says Lynette Flage, director of Extension's Center for Community Vitality. "It's really getting people to make that step to transform themselves."

Here are more ways Extension extends knowledge and changes lives through transformational education.

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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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