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Biennial Budget

NDSU Extension Service 2003-2005 budget: $5.8M county, $14.1M state, $6.7M federal, $8.0M grants and contracts


  • The General Services Administration of the federal government published a rule directing all federal agencies that fell within its authority to stop using the Official Mail Accounting System, i.e. penalty mail, to pay the U.S. Postal Service for postage and to instead use commercial payment processes as of Oct. 1.
  • The entire Extension staff was involved in a futuring/visioning/structure process for the NDSU Extension Service. Two surveys, a full day at fall conference and follow up meetings resulted in a document and set of recommendations titled "Sharpening the NDSU Extension Service Vision -- Challenges and Opportunities" being presented to the Extension Leadership Team in April 2004. Tom Hanson, district director, provided leadership for the initial work, and Brad Cogdill, Cass County Extension Agent, the document and recommendations.
  • The first Clover Classic Golf Tournament was held at Hawktree Golf Course in Bismarck on July 23. Nearly 80 golfers enjoyed the nice day and supported 4-H efforts across the state. 
  • Sharon Anderson was inducted into the National 4-H Hall of Fame in April. The National 4-H Hall of Fame was created in 2002 as a 4-H Centennial project to recognize and celebrate those people who have made a significant impact on 4-H and its millions of members over more than 100 years. Nominations are submitted and selected on an annual basis.
  • Dr. Sharon Anderson, NDSU Extension Service director, retired Dec. 31 after a 33-year career with the NDSU Extension Service. Appointments leading up to her appointment as director in 1995 are home furnishings specialist (1970-1973), 4-H youth development specialist (1973-1984), acting staff development specialist (1980), Northeast/East District director (1984-1994), acting associate director (1992), and youth and family program leader (1994).

Program Highlights

Rural Leadership North Dakota was launched. The mission of the program is to prepare and develop effective leaders to strengthen rural North Dakota. It is carried out through a dynamic 18-month program that includes seven in-state seminars, one regional seminar, one national seminar and one international seminar.

Data from a 2003 weed survey show Canada thistle caused more yield loss in spring wheat, durum and barley than any other weed, with a yield loss of 35.5 million bushels. A similar survey conducted in 1978 and 1979 showed wild oat caused the most yield loss in spring wheat, durum and barley. Yield loss from Canada thistle during that survey was 9 million bushels. The average total yield loss in spring wheat, durum and barley in 1978 and 1979 from seven weeds, where loss information is available, was 55.6 million bushels. Those same seven weeds reduced yields by 83.4 million bushels in the latest survey. (2003 Annual Highlights - Rich Zollinger)

NDSU’s Plant Diagnostic Lab, originally set up for Extension agents, is used by many others including co-ops, elevators, insurance agents, chemical company representatives, crop consultants, greenhouse managers and homeowners. In the past few years mold identification was added to the lab’s services in response to flooding in the state. The lab recently became part of the National Plant Diagnostic Network to connect diagnostic facilities and experts within the national’s land-grant university system. Another important element is the establishment of a “first detector” network to help monitor the introduction of new or unusual plant and pest outbreaks. NDSU’s Plant Diagnostic Lab receives about 800 samples a year. (2003 Annual Highlights - Cheryl Biller and Jesse Handegard)

Deciding which of the five major options to use when enrolling in the U.S. Farm Bill had far-reaching implications for North Dakota producers who had received 15 to 18 percent of their farm income from government crop payments over the past decade. Producers would have to live with their decisions for at least six years, the life of this Farm Bill. NDSU Extension Service economists knew the legislation would prompt a deluge of questions. Analysis software was developed and Extension agents were trained as the front line of response. The McKenzie County agent completed more than 542 analyses alone. The Traill County agent helped producers evaluate Farm Bill options for more than 700 of the 1,000 farm units in Trail County operated by about 400 farmers. Many producers accessed the software on NDSU Extension Service’s website themselves then came to their local agent to assure that they had performed the analysis correctly. (2003 Annual Highlights - Andrew Swenson, Dwight Aakre, Dale Naze and Clint Gienger)

Today’s teenagers have never known a world without computers and related technology, and they seem to have an insatiable appetite to learn more. To feed that need, the NDSU Extension Service is organizing 4-H Tech Teams across the state. There are also state- and national-level tech teams. Members of the state tech team have specialties such as computer hardware and web design. Teaching and helping is a significant part of the tech team mission. A dozen 4-H members comprised a tech team in Wells County, one of 10 county tech teams across the state. Thy learned about Internet safety, Web page design and maintaining computers. Students have a strong interest in global positioning systems (GPS) and geographic information systems (GIS). Youth in McKenzie and Williams counties apply the satellite mapping systems to practical problems like measuring fields and calculating angles. North Dakota’s effort is part of a national Extension Service initiative to give youth the skills to be leaders in technology. Two of North Dakota’s tech team members, Martin Platz of Devils Lake and Amy Indridason of Cavalier, were appointed to the national team. (2003 Annual Highlights - Angie Milakovic, Nancy Bollingberg and Linda Hauge)

With a grant from the St. Paul-based Northwest Area Foundation, NDSU Extension Service will help Ashley and Ellendale, N.D., and Eureka, S.D. development leadership programs in their communities. The 18-month pilot phase is designed to help reverse economic and population decline. The Dickey County agent will lead the project drawing on expertise from the communities and from the NDSU and South Dakota State University Extension Services. Local advisory councils will direct the work. (2003 Annual Highlights - Karen Zotz, Gene Elhard and Lynette Flage)

NDSU Extension Service appointed a task force in 2002 to look for a healthier future for the nearly six out of every 10 North Dakota adults who are overweight or obese and the roughly 20 percent of students in grades nine through 12 who are at risk for becoming overweight or are overweight. Cases of high blood pressure, elevated blood cholesterol and type 2 diabetes are on the rise. Based on recommendations from the task force, fact sheets on soft drinks, portion sizes, and television and media use among youth will be developed and provided as background to schools, parents and others who make policies and decisions regarding youth. The group is also putting together recommendations for healthy alternatives to be included in concession stands at school and community events. The Walsh County Extension Agent led the development of a PLAY (Positive Lifestyles for Active Youth) coalition to evaluate community resources for physical activity and healthful eating with a goal of creating an environment that encourages healthier lifestyles for youth. It could serve as a pilot project for other areas of the state. (2003 Annual Highlights - Jane Edwards and Sue Fagerholt)

Two Extension value-added agriculture area specialists are working on possibilities for high-value crops in the state. One is based in Williston and the other, Fargo. Food crops include fruit for winemaking, onions, mint, pumpkin, carrots and cabbage. They have also worked with other diverse operations such as horticulture tree and shrub production, hydroponics greenhouse and entertainment/educational agriculture farms. Ethanol and biodiesel fuel are also being discussed. (2003 Annual Highlights - Rudy Radke and Chet Hill)

NDSU dedicated a new Horticulture Demonstration and Research Garden during homecoming week in October. The garden is located at the corner of 12th Ave. North and 18th Street on the main campus. (2003 Annual Highlights - Ron Smith)

To meet increased interest for improved cattle marketing strategies across the region, NDSU Extension Service livestock and marketing specialists held dozens of outlook sessions. The two major questions covered were, “How much higher will prices go? And How long will they last?” They also held a cattle price outlook session that was downlinked by interactive video to 11 sites across the state, and presented information to marketing clubs, producer groups, the North Dakota Bankers Association’s Agricultural Credit conference and at other events. The increase in cattle prices are weather related, going on three-plus years of drought in cattle-producing regions on the United States. In addition to prices and marketing, specialists have addressed the country of origin labeling (COOL) as well as the outbreak of bovine spongiform encephalopathy in Canada. (2003 Annual Highlights - Tim Petry)

In late 2002, a statewide dairy task force was revitalized with greater input from dairy producers. The task force determined that the key to the future of the dairy industry is growth and that growth may come from expansion of existing dairies but will likely also require investment from outside the dairy industry and from outside the state. For the last decade, the dairy industry in North Dakota has lost producers at a rate of 3 to 15 percent annually. (2003 Annual Highlights - J.W. Schroeder)

NDSU Pesticide Training and Certification Program was recognized with a Program Excellence Award. Extension team members were Andrew Thostenson, Mary Beth Odegard and Tamara Erdmann. Pesticide training emerged in the late 1970s and was officially endorsed by the Environmental Protection Agency in 1983. This program trains people in the safe, effective and legal use of pesticides, and measures and certifies applicator competence. In any given year, about 2,000 exams are administered and 140 trainings are delivered.

Flying High with 5 Plus 5: 4th Annual 5 Plus 5 Challenge was recognized with a Program Excellence Award. Extension team members were Floramay Miller, Carmen Rath-Wald, Margaret Schaar, Cindy Ketterling and Deb Tanner. The 5 Plus 5 program promoted eating five servings of fruits and vegetables daily and doing 30 minutes of moderate-level exercise five days a week. A Challenge was heavily promoted in Kidder County through schools, clinics, major businesses and other places of employment, senior centers and more with impressive improvements in physical activity and food guidelines in one year.

Beef 701: Carcass Merit Short Course was recognized with a Program Excellence Award. Extension team members were Lisa Lee, Greg Lardy and Charlie Stoltenow. This program used hands-on and traditional classroom methods to help cow-calf producers, backgrounders and feeders understand value-based beef cattle marketing through grids, alliances and branded beef programs. About 55 producers from five states participated.

Farm Bill Analysis Software and Education was recognized with a Program Excellence Award. Extension team members were Andy Swenson and Dwight Aakre. Software tools and education were developed to help landowners and producers understand the 2002 Farm Bill base and yield sign-up options and accurately calculate each option for direct payments and countercyclical payments under different price scenarios. FSA offices in North Dakota and other states, ag lenders, farm business management instructors and others used the software and other tools to assist producers.

Children of Divorce Parent Education Program was recognized with a Program Excellence Award. Extension team members were Sharon Kickertz-Gerbig, Deb Theurer, Kaye Jessen and Jane Heth. This four-hour workshop was designed to help parents and other adults dealing with separation or divorce understand their impact on children with the goal of providing children with a safe, supportive environment.

Grants of $100,000+ Received

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