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2007

Biennial Budget

NDSU Extension Service 2007-2009 budget: $8.0M county, $18.5M state, $7.1M federal, $8.9M grants and contracts

Organization

  • The State Board of Agricultural Research and Education (SBARE) celebrated its 10th birthday. Then chair, Jerry Effertz, expressed appreciation that SBARE is a diverse and broad-based group of people who can address a variety of issues and collaboratively develop a priority list for research and Extension serving the Legislature and NDSU well. (2007 Annual Highlights - Jerry Effertz)
  • Sandy Holbrook, former NDSU Extension Service human resource development specialist and NDSU equal opportunity officer, was recognized with the Epsilon Sigma Phi, Upsilon Chapter Friend of Extension Award.
  • Former NDSU Extension Service Director Myron Johnsrud was inducted into the National 4-H Hall of Fame on Oct. 5. 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. Myron joins other North Dakota laureates Lester Liudahl (2002) and Sharon Anderson (2003).

Program Highlights

Knowledge was extended to North Dakotans through 507,851 face-to-face contacts by NDSU Extension Service employees.

The North Dakota State Board of Higher Education approved formation of the NDSU Bio Energy and Product Innovation Center in November. The center was the culmination of the biomass and bioproducts initiative activities and discussions that occurred throughout 2007. Ken Hellevang and David Saxowsky were appointed co-directors. The center's mission is to provide North Dakota and the surrounding region with comprehensive, coordinated and collaborative resources in research, technology, Extension and education, leading to the economic viability of bioenergy and bioproducts to ensure a sustainable, healthy environment. (2007 Annual Highlights - Ken Hellevang and David Saxowsky)

A North Central Bioeconomy Consortium (NCBEC) was formed to coordinate policy and research efforts to ensure the region plays an even greater role in the production and distribution of renewable energy and biofuels. The NCBEC is a collaborative effort of the directors of the departments of agriculture, Extension Services and university Agricultural Experiment Stations in North Dakota, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. (2007 Annual Highlights - Duane Hauck and Ken Grafton)

NDSU’s Dakota Feeder Calf Show and Feedout is providing cow-calf producers valuable data on their spring-born calves’ feedlot performance and carcass value. The calves that producers consign to the program are fed to market weight at the Carrington Research Extension Center. The project allows producers to compare their cattle’s feedlot and carcass performance under similar feed and management conditions and adjust their breeding decisions accordingly. (2007 Annual Highlights - Karl Hoppe)

The banded sunflower moth can cause yield reductions of 30 percent to 60 percent. Extension specialists and entomology researchers have helped identify one sunflower hybrid and eight sunflower germplasm lines that appear to have a high degree of tolerance to the moth. The research is a collaborative effort involving NDSU Extension Service, Kansas State University, South Dakota State University and the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service. An egg sampling procedure to monitor for the month and estimate its potential damage to crops has also been developed. It’s simpler and quicker than monitoring for adult moths and gives producers more time to apply insecticides if necessary. (2007 Annual Highlights - Janet Knodel)

NDSU Extension Service’s Pesticide Program certifies 13,000 private and 7,900 commercial pesticide applicators. (2007 Annual Highlights)

Every dollar invested in nutrition education in North Dakota reduces limited-source families’ health-care costs by $8.82. (2007 Annual Highlights)

3,017 people have logged 1.19 billion steps in Extension’s Walk North Dakota program (2007 Annual Highlights)

32,581 youth participated in 4-H programming in 2007. (2007 Annual Highlights)

Extension’s Horizons program lead to nearly 30 North Dakota communities gaining 146 moderate-income housing units. (2007 Annual Highlights)

About 150 donors contributed $162,000 to Extension’s 2005-07 Rural Leadership North Dakota program. (2007 Annual Highlights)

NDSU and Extension’s Institute for Business and Industry Development assisted 130 North Dakota companies. (2007 Annual Highlights)

Extension leverages a $200,000 investment in its Center for Community Vitality into about $1 million in community, economic and leadership development. (2007 Annual Highlights)

Some small North Dakota communities are using cultural arts to improve the quality of life for residents and to attract visitors. Using what they learned at Center for Community Vitality workshops, Walhalla residents began remodeling the town’s only movie theater so it can be used for concerts, school plays, graduate ceremonies and other community events, as well as showing movies. (2007 Annual Highlights - Kathleen Tweeten)

About 30 youth engaged in hands-on science, engineering and technology activities during the NDSU Extension Service’s first World of Wonder Camp. The youth learned about computer animation, building and programming robots and taking digital photographs that they used to create websites and PowerPoint presentations. The five-day program was held at the Western North Dakota 4-H Camp near Washburn. (2007 Annual Highlights - Linda Hauge)

How money is spent and other financial topics can sometimes cause problems for newly married couples. Research indicates that couples argue about money more than any other topic. “Marriage and Money,” a series of 12 newsletters about keeping important records, handling credit, investing, buying insurance, and the cost of having children and shopping, was developed by an Extension specialist to help couples navigate the conversation in an fun and meaningful way. (2007 Annual Highlights - Debra Pankow)

The efforts of the NDSU Extension Service and N.D. Agricultural Experiment Station are helping expand North Dakota’s livestock industry. The number of feedlot permits the state issues grew from 18 in 2002 to 52 in 2006, and 83 facilities expanded the number of animals they handle. This represents an increase of about 210,000 animals including 67,000 swine, 50,000 beef cattle, 6,700 dairy cattle and 500 sheep. (2007 Annual Highlights - Ken Grafton and Duane Hauck)

Western North Dakota’s fire history is helping today’s land managers decide how often to burn the combined forest/rangeland. A two-year study of the ponderosa pines in the Badlands were studied. Tree rings were used to calculate and date fire damage and determine how often fires occurred before and after settlement began in the late 1800s. They discovered presettlement fires occurred every 13 years, on average, while during the 20th century, the interval between fires was nearly five times longer. The information learned helps shape recommendations on how often land managers should ignite controlled files and the size of the area to burn. (2007 Annual Highlights - Joe Zeleznik)

Richland County After-School Program was recognized with a Program Excellence Award. Extension team members were Adrian Biewer, Colleen Svingen, Dale Siebert, Deb Evanson and Brenda Vertin. Initially created to provide a safe haven for latchkey children, the program gravitated to an academic emphasis to help schools meet yearly progress requirements. The students of the Circle of Nations Native American residential school and elementary schools at Fairmount, Hankinson, Lidgerwood, Wyndmere and Richland 44 improved math and reading proficiency as a result of the program.

Eat Smart. Play Hard. was recognized with a Program Excellence Award. Extension team members were Julie Garden-Robinson, Ellen Crawford, Deb Tanner, Dave Haasser, John Grindahl, Agnes Vernon, Bruce Sundeen and Hope Eppler. Beginning in 2005, this program was the first large-scale partnership between NDSU Extension Service and Bison Athletics to increase awareness of health-related concepts through programs offered by county Extension offices. Newsletters, posters, pocket folders, mini lessons, billboards, public service announcements and DVDs were integrated with statewide curricula for youth. The Bison athletes who visited schools and participated in other promotional activities were enthusiastically received by the youth.

Building Connections was recognized with a Program Excellence Award. Extension team members were Kathleen Schmaltz, Theresa Anderson, Sean Brotherson, Cindy Dunn, Susan Finneseth, Renee Galster, Joel Hecktner, Mary Jean Hunter, Sue Isbell, Cami Luger, Sharon Kickertz-Gerbig and Deb Theurer. This program was developed in response to an expressed need for strengthening family relationships on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. Fort Yates community members expressed concerns for families who were experiencing legal, financial, emotional or cultural identity issues. Other issues included the impact of alcohol consumption, suicides, lack of community connections and out-of-home placements. The program, coordinated by Extension staff in partnership with Home on the Range, was directed toward youth interest areas and was based on 4-H life skill development strategies.

High School Financial Planning Program Teacher Training was recognized with a Program Excellence Award. Extension team members were Debb Pankow and Lori Scharmer. This program, taught to educators, Extension agents, youth group leaders, credit union staff and other professionals working with financial management education, introduced students to the basics of the financial planning process and its application to life situations.

Geocaching: Tourism Treasure Hunt was recognized with a Program Excellence Award. Extension team members were Carmen Rath-Wald and Lance Brower. Eighth-grade students at the Napoleon, N.D. school assisted in setting up three geocache sites, providing visitors who used the global position system and geographic information system technology to find them, with a variety of rewards. The students presented information to the community and the N.D. Nature and Rural Tourism Conference. Visitors to the geocaching sites have enjoyed the project and left comments in the logbooks at the sites.

Grants of $100,000+ Received

  • $1.6 million from USDA Food and Nutrition Service for North Dakota Family Nutrition Program. Barbara Holes-Dickson, PI.
  • $308,402 from Environmental Protection Agency for Livestock Waste Educational Information and Assistance Program, Carrington. Ron Wiederholt, PI.
  • $277,391 from University of Minnesota for Sugar been Specialists. Charles Stoltenow, PI.
  • $231,449 Smith-Lever Integrated Pest Management from USDA-CSREES for NDSU Extension Service Pesticide Program. Duane Hauck, PI.
  • $214,647 Smith-Lever Renewable Resources from USDA-CSREES for NDSU Extension Service Pesticide Program. Duane Hauck, PI.
  • $191,697 Environmental Protection Agency for Livestock Waste Educational Information and Assistance Program, Carrington. Ron Wiederholt, PI.
  • $157,206 Dakota West RC&D for Livestock Facilities Assistance Program – Livestock Waste Management Project. Unal Kizil, PI.
  • $142,222 from Environmental Protection Agency for Livestock Waste Educational Information and Assistance Program, Carrington. Ron Wiederholt, PI.
  • $141,301 from University of Minnesota for Sugarbeet Specialists. Charles Stoltenow, PI.
  • $135,072 from CSREES for Youth Development Specialist. Duane Hauck, PI.
  • $134,000 from CSREES for Building Connections. Sean Brotherson, PI.
  • $103,357 from CSREES for Extension Indian Reservation Program – Extension Position, Fort Berthold Indian Reservation. Jon J. Fisher, PI.
  • $100,000 from CSREES for North Dakota/South Dakota SARE Plan of Work 2007-2008. Frank Kutka, PI.
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