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2006

Organization

  • Vice President Coston appointed Duane Hauck director of the NDSU Extension Service on a permanent basis effective July 1.
  • NDSU Agriculture and University Extension replaced ExtNet for email with NDSU email. Individual ExtNet email addresses (@ndsuext.nodak.edu) were replaced with firstname.lastname@ndsu.edu.
  • Cooperative Research, Education and Extension Service, NDSU Extension's federal partner, conducted an on-site civil rights compliance review of NDSU Extension Service programs and personnel. Each state is reviewed every ten years.
  • NDSU Extension Service wrote a new purpose statement for the organization. It is “To create learning partnerships that help youth and adults enhance their lives and communities.”
  • NDSU Agriculture had the opportunity to host the North Central Region Land-Grant Meeting at Fargo in July. Administrators from Extension, research and academics attended along with representations of the Council for Agricultural Research, Extension and Teaching (CARET). Major discussion topics included multi-state activities, farm bill developments, energy opportunities, and Creating Research, Extension and Teaching Excellence for the 21st Century (CREATE-21). CREATE-21 is a high profile topic among agriculture’s administrators, and it has the potential of increasing our federal funding support.

Program Highlights

Knowledge was extended to North Dakotans through 643,641 face-to-face contacts by NDSU Extension Service employees.

Extension agents and specialists, agricultural producers and crop consultants are members of a first-detector network to watch for unusual or new diseases or pest, both introduced intentionally and occurring naturally or accidentally. Extension developed programs to help farmers and ranchers understand where threats may come from, how to identify them and to develop a security plan. In addition, as part of a national cattle-tracking effort, Dickinson Research Extension Center is testing high-frequency ear tags to trace cattle. (2006 Annual Highlights - Dwain Barondeau, Terry Lykken and Kasia Kinzer)

Twenty-seven North Dakota towns are gaining moderate-income. With assistance from Extension’s Horizons program, a group of communities’ leaders convinced the 2005 Legislature to pass a law allowing towns of fewer than 5,000 residents to form housing authorities and issue bonds to pay for moderate-income and low-income housing. Most of the homes are one-story, senior-friendly townhomes. (2006 Annual Highlights - Lynette Flage)

Extension specialists hosted educational meetings at nine locations in south-central and southwestern North Dakota to discuss range and forage issues, livestock management, economics and other topics related to the severe drought conditions gripping parts of North Dakota. Drought information was made available on the Web, as were two database services: FeedList and Feedlots. FeedList helps feed sellers connect with buyers. Feedlots gives producers needing to place their cattle in a feedlot an opportunity to connect with feedlot operators who have additional capacity. (2006 Annual Highlights - Greg Lardy)

The NDSU Plant Diagnostic Laboratory offers producers and others a convenient, affordable way to diagnose plant-related problems. The lab was set up for use by Extension Service agents, but many others now use it too, such as crop consultants, greenhouse managers, co-ops, elevators, chemical company representatives, elevators and homeowners. The lab is also part of a national network to monitor pest and pathogens. In the past, diagnosing a problem could take months, especially if it was a new disease. With the network in place, other resources from throughout the region can be used to diagnose the problem quickly. (2006 Annual Highlights - Kasia Kinzer)

During the 2005-06 school year, about 750 fourth-graders and their parents from 13 counties learned the importance of including calcium-rich foods in their diets through “Banking on Strong Bones,” a five-week Extension program. Another 5,000 students, teachers and administrators in those schools learned some of the same lessons through educational promotions and activities in the school libraries and cafeterias. (2006 Annual Highlights - Julie Garden-Robinson)

Since 2002, wheat producers have been able to get the latest information on production technologies and marketing strategies through a series of well-attended “Best of the Best” meetings. Producers had an opportunity to learn more about wheat research, promotion, diseases and weed control, fertilizer use, marketing tools, wheat management and farm budgets. The scab update hosted by the North Central Research Extension Center for industry and government leaders reviewed the management support system for producers that has emerged from research through NDSU and other organizations; described knowledge gaps and emerging understandings, and explored strategies to address the gaps. (2006 Annual Highlights - Joel Ransom)

Farm income has been tracked for many years through producers who participate in the North Dakota Farm Business Management Education program. Overall financial performance in 2005 was down for the second consecutive year, but the median net farm income of $42,286 was the fourth highest in the past 10 years because some crops produced very high yields. Beef cattle prices were also high. Profit declined in 2001 because of lower government subsidies, higher crop production costs and low commodity prices. Conversely, producers in 2002 had lower production costs and higher prices, and saw a 37 percent increase in profit. Median net farm income reached a 10-year high in 2003 at $49,181. (2006 Annual Highlights - Andrew Swenson)

The rapid growth of the ethanol industry will likely have far-reaching impacts on North Dakota agriculture. Ethanol plants will be a new market for their corn and other grains or an incentive to add corn to their crop rotation. Increased ethanol production means that more distillers grain, a byproduct, will be available to feed livestock. NDSU research shows distillers grain is an excellent source of energy and protein for beef and dairy cattle, and sheep, and the feed ration can include up to 20 percent on a dry-matter basis. North Dakota produced about 39 million gallons of ethanol in 2006 using 14 million bushels of corn. The 126,000 tons of distillers grain created is enough to feed about 177,000 head of cattle if it is 15 percent of the feed ration. However, the state only has about a third of that number of beef cattle on feed. (2006 Annual Highlights - Ken Grafton and Greg Lardy)

Family Nutrition Program agents in Ward County conducted a youth gardening project at Minot. Goals were to teach youth about the nutritional benefits of eating fruits and vegetables, to get them off the couch and into active games while they learned about gardening, how to prepare their garden produce and to learn about responsibility by learning about hunger in American and donating surplus food to food pantries. (2006 Annual Highlights - Trisha Jessen)

About 1,830 4-H’ers participated in activities and competition at the 2006 North Dakota State Fair. The State Fair gives youth an opportunity to showcase their work and test the knowledge and skills they’ve gained through 4-H. (2006 Annual Highlights)

NDSU Extension Service appointed an Energy Task Force as the rising cost of oil put "energy" back into the headlines. Interest in bio-fuels and options to decrease costs of transportation, heating and cooling buildings and farm machinery use, and trying farming practices that required less fuel and fertilizer were at an all-time high. Initial task force members were Roger Haugen, Ken Hellevang, Dena Kemmet, John Nowatzki, Tom Scherer and Rick Schmidt.

Walk ND was recognized with a Program Excellence Award. Extension team members were Linda Hauge, Judy Heinen and Julie Garden-Robinson. To combat a high rate of obesity and heart disease in North Dakota, this statewide program encouraged adults and youth to become more physically active by walking at least 10,000 steps per day. It has included three walking challenges each year since the program began in 2004. In only two years, more than 2,500 people walked 721,877,811 steps or 360,939 miles, lost weight and lowered their cholesterol and blood pressure.

Cropping Decisions '06 was recognized with a Program Excellence Award. Extension team members were Mike Rose, LoAyne Voigt, Kent McKay, Dwight Aakre, Tim Semler, Keith Brown, Dan Folske, Jim Hennessy, Dale Naze and Karlyle Erickson. By fall 2005, production costs exceeded revenue for most crop producers in northwestern and north-central North Dakota. This program educated producers on budgets and how to reduce input costs, such as fertilizer, fuel and land rent, without reducing yield potential. They also learned about crop variety selection and fungicide effectiveness.

Annie's Project was recognized with a Program Excellence Award. Extension team members were Willie Huot, Debb Pankow, Andrew Swenson, Dwight Aakre, Ron Haugen, George Flaskerud, Tim Petry, Cole Gustafson, Eunice Sahr, Lori Scharmer, Mike Rose, Emily Tescher-Johnston, Gail Slinde, Sue Fagerholt, Helen Volk-Schill, Jed Fluhrer, Rita Ussatis, Margaret Tweten, Joe Courneya and Dean Aakre. This 15-county program was designed to help women make decisions about the farm/ranch business, increase confidence in their ability to be part of the farm/ranch management team, develop mentors and learn about the lifelong learning opportunities on their farm/ranch. One-hundred thirty-five women participated in the 2006 inaugural year.

At Your Service was recognized with a Program Excellence Award. Extension team members were Donna Anderson, Kathy Tweeten, Sandy Erickson and Melanie Hesch. The Spirit Lake Casino and Resort near Devils Lake reached out to Extension to provide customer service training to its employees. The program, designed for the tourism and hospitality industry, was revised to address the specific needs of the Dacotah Native American culture and casino/resort management. The program involved 10, four-hour sessions.

Grants of $100,000+ Received

  • $1.8 million from Northwest Area Foundation for Horizons Phase II. Lynette Flage, PI.
  • $1.6 million from USDA Food and Nutrition Service for North Dakota Family Nutrition Program. Barbara Holes-Dickson, PI.
  • $247,568 from USDA-CSREES for Powdery Mildew of Peas: Disease Management and Genetics Resistance. Blaine Schatz, PI.
  • $146,510 from Environmental Protection Agency for Livestock Waste Educational Information and Assistance Program, Carrington. Ron Wiederholt, PI.
  • $134,572 from University of Minnesota for Sugarbeet Specialists. Charles Stoltenow, PI.
  • $129,760 from CSREES for Army Youth Development Project. Duane Hauck, PI.
  • $117,807 from CSREES for Building Connections. Sean Brotherson, PI.
  • $100,000 from CSREES for North Dakota/South Dakota SARE Plan of Work 2006-2007 and $100,000 for 2005
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