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Biennial Budget

NDSU Extension Service 2005-2007 budget: $7.3M county, $15.5M state, $6.9M federal, $8.8M grants and contracts


  • Duane Hauck was appointed NDSU Extension Service director effective Jan. 1.
  • Ken Grafton became dean of the College of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Natural Resources effective Jan. 1. He also retained his duties as director of the North Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station.
  • Following a national search, D.C. Coston was named vice president for agriculture and university extension effective July 1.
  • The membership of the five Extension professional associations, i.e. N.D. Association of Agricultural Extension Agents, Epsilon Sigma Phi, N.D. Association of Extension 4-H Youth Workers and the N.D. Extension Association of Family and Consumer Science, agreed by a vote of membership to create a joint council to provide a unified communication mechanism for the associations and their members. It was named the North Dakota Joint Council of Extension Professionals. www.ag.ndsu.edu/ndjcep/memorandum-of-agreement
  • Jay Fisher, Donna Anderson, Chet Hill, Willie Huot, Steve Sagaser, Colleen Svingen and Rodney Howe, chair of the State Board of Agricultural Research and Education, were NDSU Extension Service's first team to attend the Public Issues Leadership Development Conference. PILD - an event put on by the Joint Council of Extension Professionals - teaches members and volunteers how to be effective in communicating the public value of Extension in the political arena. The conference is held each April at Crystal City, Virginia and includes state visits with their respective congressional delegation.
  • Brad Cogdill, then Cass County Extension agent/chair and chair, Center for 4-H Youth Development, was the inaugural participant in the national LEAD 21 program. The primary purpose of LEAD 21 is to "develop leaders in land-grant institutions and their strategic partners who link research, academics and Extension to lead more effectively." The program involves three residential training sessions and independent work between sessions. Eleven NDSU Extension emerging leaders have participated since 2005.

Program Highlights

Knowledge was extended to North Dakotans through 564,656 face-to-face contacts by NDSU Extension Service employees.

Geospatial technology advances are aiding producers in many ways. Tractor and machinery guidance systems are the most commonly used. Yield monitors on harvesting equipment, particularly combines, are being used more frequently. Some farmers use GPS-equipped variable-rate fertilizer and chemical application equipment to apply different amounts of crop inputs at various locations across fields. Producers also use GPS to mark field boundaries and unique or problem areas in fields, such as weed patches or large rocks. Remote sensing is another geospatial technology increasingly used by farmers. (2005 Annual Highlights - John Nowatzki)

Interest in no-till cropping management continues to grow in North Dakota. A major contributing factor is the dramatic increase in energy costs. To meet the need for more information, Research Extension Center (REC) and Extension staff continue to hold workshops, tours and field demonstrations on no-till cropping. RECs across the state also conduct crop production trials using direct-seeding or no-till systems. Research and farmer experience indicate that no-till cropping has many benefits, but also some challenges and is a change in tradition. (2005 Annual Highlights - Greg Endres)

4-H clubs from across the country stuffed thousands of black 4-H backpacks with items that will help children stay connected to family members deployed on military duty. The “Hero Pack” included a disposable camera, photo album, stationery and envelopes. The 4-H’ers also included a letter thanking the pack’s recipients for the sacrifices they make while their family member is on military duty. The Hero Pack project is one of several ways in which the NDSU Extension Service is strengthening its partnership with the U.S. military. (2005 Annual Highlights - Brad Cogdill)

An NDSU and Brigham Young University study revealed the most significant way for fathers to connect with their children is through participating in shared activities. The study was published in Fathering, a journal of research about men as fathers, and was led by the NDSU Extension Service family science specialist. The five central themes are personal involvement in shared activities; expression of support and care to ill or anxious children; interaction with children at birth or adoption; shared exchanges of time and affection; and participation in spiritual activities with children. (2005 Annual Highlights - Sean Brotherson)

Though only staffed with two part-time engineering specialists, the NDSU Extension Service’s Institute for Business and Industry (IBID) has plenty of experience to help businesses get started, expand or address a technical problem. They will also work with entrepreneurs who have an idea for a new product or service. In the last year, requests for IBID’s help included testing a polymer at low temperatures, developing a prototype of a floating fillet knife with a light, extracting amino acids from soybeans, creating a marketing and strategic plan for new auto steering technology in farm tractors, software development for a flour mill, research on new plastics made from wheat straw for cell phones and applying for research grants. IBID has been in existence since 1989. (2005 Annual Highlights - Kathleen Tweeten)

NDSU Extension Service and the North Dakota Department of Agriculture are working together to increase the number of farmers’ markets across the state. In the last year, 11 new markets were established for a total of more than 50. Diversity of products may attract a broader base of consumers. Advantages to growers are another source of income, increased profit potential by cutting out the intermediary, increased learning opportunities and networking with other producers, and a good outlet for less intensively produced food and those selling organic products. Consumers benefit by the food being fresh, often picked the day of the market; having direct interaction with the producer of the product; and having another choice. (2005 Annual Highlights - Rudy Radke)

Phase one of new NDSU gardens at the corner of 18th Street and 12th Avenue North in Fargo are about 70 percent complete. The Extension horticulturist, horticulture technicians and many others have been working on the garden, which will feature daylilies, irises and other perennials, plus annuals. With its extensive collection of historic pre-1970 daylily cultivars, the NDSU garden is the only garden of its type in North America. The American Hemerocallis Society supports the area featuring the daylilies. Phase one should be completed next year. Phases two and three expect to be completed by 2010, or as funds become available. Plans call for the addition of a shade and rose garden, and turf research plots. The gardens will eventually extend over 10 to 15 acres. In 2002, a survey indicated the value of the horticulture industry in North Dakota as $496 million. The survey did not include golf courses. (2005 Annual Highlights - Ron Smith)

Some North Dakota farmers and ranchers are looking at agritainment or agritourism opportunities as a way to increase income. Extension’s Center for Community Vitality offers workshops to introduce opportunities available, such as lodging, hunting, fishing, birding trails, pumpkin patches and corn mazes. The Center Director says their workshops are designed to help families explore possibilities and to determine if an agritainment business is a good fit for them. After losing more than 1,000 acres as Devils Lake continued to rise, a farming couple near Minnewauken opened a resort. They started with a few cabins near the lake and now have six cabins and spots for 30 recreational vehicles. They are considering putting in more. The family also still works their farm, so those using the resort have an opportunity to see planting, harvesting, making hay, working cattle and other farming activities. (2005 Annual Highlights - Kathleen Tweeten)

Horizons Leadership Program was recognized with a Program Excellence Award. Extension team members were Lynette Flage, Jodi Bruns, Marty Campbell, Sandy Erickson, Linda Hauge, Marie Hvidsten, Kathy Tweeten and Rachelle Vettern. As a pilot program, the communities of Beach, Regent and Mott, and Ashley, Ellendale and Eureka, S.D. were selected to work together with the goal of reversing population and economic decline. Initial successes were cell phone coverage, support for a youth relations committee in Golden Valley County, change in a North Dakota law to improve moderate priced housing in rural communities, a writers' group in Adams and Hettinger counties, and more.

Problem-Based Learning for Pesticide Certification was recognized with a Program Excellence Award. Extension team members were Nels Peterson, Brad Brummond, Bill Hodous, Craig Askim and Kendall Nichols. To address a need expressed by producers in Walsh, Ramsey, Pembina and Nelson counties, this program provided alternatives to traditional pesticide certification training through the use of videotapes, using NDSU Extension Service's Weed Control Guide and developing a plan for weed control, fulfilling the requirements of the program. Participants were surveyed on their classroom experience and they overwhelmingly approved of using PBL. The North Dakota Weed Control Guide received high marks as well. (2005 Annual Highlights)

No-Till in the 21st Century was recognized with a Program Excellence Award. Extension team members were Tom Olson, Tim Becker and Greg Endres. No-till workshops, tours and seminars plus staff training and individual work with producers helped producers adapt no-till into their operations--a cropping system driven by fuel and labor costs.

The 5 Plus 5 Cyber Challenge was recognized with a Program Excellence Award. Extension team members were Julie Garden-Robinson, Roger Egeberg, Dave Haasser and Dave Rice. This pilot project interacted with adults through a website and email to help them increase their knowledge of nutrition and physical activity for improved overall health.

Child Abuse Prevention Parent Education was recognized with a Program Excellence Award. Extension team members were Deb Theurer and Kathleen Schmaltz. Circle of Parents support groups were established at Fort Yates, Mandan and Dickinson. Newsletters and educational sessions were offered in the regions with the focus on primary caregivers of children and their responsibility to prevent child abuse and neglect.

Grants of $100,000+ Received

  • $1.6 million from USDA Food and Nutrition Service for North Dakota Family Nutrition Program. Barbara Holes-Dickson, PI.
  • $567,339 from USDA CSREES for Food Safety in the 21st Century: Understanding and Improving Food Handling Knowledge and Behavior Among Hard-to-Reach Audiences. Julie Garden-Robinson, PI.
  • $172,614 from Environmental Protection Agency for Livestock Waste Educational Information and Assistance Program, Carrington. Ron Wiederholt, PI.
  • $133,997 from CSREES for Building Connections. Sean Brotherson, PI.
  • $132,415 from CSREES for USDA/Army School-Age Teen Project. Duane Hauck, PI.
  • $101,156 from CSREES for Smith-Lever Integrated Pest Management Program. Duane Hauck, PI.
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