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Biennial Budget

NDSU Extension Service 2011-2013 budget: $10.7M county, $24.9M state, $6.6M federal, $5.8M grants and contracts


  • Ownership of Western North Dakota 4-H Camp was transferred from the Western North Dakota 4-H Camp Association to the North Dakota 4-H Foundation to help meet emerging needs and strengthen the sustainability and organization of the camp. The name of the camp was changed to North Dakota 4-H Camp.
  • Ken Grafton, dean of the College of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Natural Resources (CAFSNR) and director of the N.D. Agricultural Experiment Station (NDAES) was also appointed interim vice president for agriculture and university extension, effective Aug. 22. This followed the State Board of Higher Education's announcement that former vice president, D.C. Coston, had been appointed interim president at Dickinson State University.
  • On Thanksgiving eve, Director Hauck shared the following proclamation in an email to all Extension faculty and staff: "The State Board of Agricultural Research and Education sincerely appreciates the efforts of NDSU Extension Service and N.D. Agricultural Experiment Station faculty and staff as they've supported North Dakotans throughout the state during 2011's flooding and other weather challenges. SBARE especially recognizes the faculty and staff in the Souris River Valley, the Missouri River Valley, the Red River Valley, the James River Valley, the Devils Lake Basin, the NDSU campus and the North Central Research Extension Center who provided educational information, hosted animals, led programs, developed resources and did much more - sometimes while being affected by the flooding and wet weather personally."
  • On Dec. 5, following consideration of national best practices, consultation with state agricultural leaders, and advice of an advisory committee comprised of ag leaders in and outside of NDSU, Provost Bruce Rafert announced that the role of vice president for agriculture was being consolidated into the existing position of CAFSNR dean and NDAES director. Further, that Ken Grafton’s vice president title would change from interim to permanent effective immediately.
  • Duane Hauck, NDSU Extension Service director, retired Dec. 31 after a 35-year career with the NDSU Extension Service. Appointments leading up to his appointment as director in 2005 are Stutsman County assistant county agent (1976), Ward County assistant county agent (1976-1978), associate agricultural engineer (1978-1984), Cass County agricultural Extension agent (1984-1989), Central/Southeast District director (1990-2000), agriculture and natural resources (ANR) acting assistant director (2000-2001), ANR assistant director (2001-2003), and interim director (2004).

Program Highlights

Knowledge was extended to North Dakotans through 500,133 face-to-face contacts by NDSU Extension Service employees.

The 2011 flood was another for the record books. Extension staff members armed with recovery resources and willing hands visited shelters, did videos and PSAs, and organized and conducted training on clean up, financial concerns, food safety, stress management and much more. The Disaster Recovery Log, an app for smartphones and tablets, was created for users to record information about damages in their flooded homes using text, images and audio. www.ag.ndsu.edu/flood (2011 Annual Highlights - Ken Hellevang, Megan Myrdal and Gail Slinde)

Bottineau and Morton County elementary students were among about 4,100 North Dakota students who joined millions of youth nationwide on Oct. 5 for “Wired for Wind,” the 4-H National Youth Science Day’s 2011 experiment. After discussing types of energy and studying photos of wind farms and wind turbines, Bottineau County kindergarteners through third graders made their own turbines using saltine crackers. In Morton County, fourth- and fifth-graders designed and built turbines using vertical or horizontal blades, testing to see which blade pitch would produce the most energy. They learned how tall commercial turbines are and how much they weigh. The also learned the best locations for wind farms in North Dakota, impacts of wind farms on bird migration and power transmission. (2011 Annual Highlights - Linda Hauge, Karla Monson and Karla Meikle)

Despite North Dakota’s low unemployment rate and budget surplus, one in 11 people needs food assistance. The NDSU Extension Service helps North Dakotans in the greatest need use their limited food dollars in the most healthful ways through federally funded Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) and Family Nutrition Program (FNP). Annually, they provide direct education to more than 5,700 low-resource adults and 17,700 children. FNP and EFNEP educators collaborate with public health and social services agencies, schools, tribal offices, senior sites and grocery stores to leverage services and offer strong outreach in 31 counties. This includes the state’s four reservations. (2011 Annual Highlights - Megan Ness)

Seventy-one people from 48 communities in 32 counties have participated in the NDSU Extension Service’s Rural Leadership North Dakota since it began in November 2003. During the 18-month course, participants develop leadership skills while learning about agricultural and rural economics and policies, and how to help their organization, business, farm or ranch operation, or community grow and prosper. Many communities have benefited from projects that RLND participants initiate as part of the course. For example, Bowman County and the surrounding area now have year-round weather radar coverage, volunteers changed batteries in smoke detectors for elderly Bismarck residents and Devils Lake gained an industrial park that gives businesses a place to expand. (2011 Annual Highlights - Marie Hvidsten)

NDSU Extension Service collaborated with tribal colleges and reservations across North Dakota in summer 2011 to grow and learn about community gardens and complete various food projects, as follows: dragonfly and traditional vegetable gardens, and youth garden projects at United Tribes Technical College; Native American foods walk, community garden and soup kitchen at Fort Yates; traditional Mandan/Hidatsa/Arikara, youth and community gardens near New Town; Grandmother Earth’s Gift of Life Garden on the NDSU campus. (2011 Annual Highlights - Todd Weinmann, Tom Kalb, Peggy Candler, Sue Isbell, Carol Enno and Elise Regen)

The help ease the transition for new Americans, Extension has developed resources in a number of languages on how to handle unfamiliar foods safely. The food safety materials include videos on food safety in the home in four languages and flipbooks in six languages. Flipbooks were used in workshops for health mentors from Bhutan, Sudan, Somalia, Iran, Iraq, Bugundi and Rwanda to help them educate others about food safety. Extension agents in Grand Forks County helped Nepalese refugees grow and preserve vegetables and edible grasses. Producers in other countries want to know more about the U.S. beef industry so NDSU Extension Service is translating some material into other languages. For example, Kris Ringwall’s BeefTalk weekly column is available in Spanish. (2011 Annual Highlights - Julie Garden-Robinson and Kris Ringwall)

The NDSU Extension Service has developed a multifaceted approach to help producers manage animal waste and turn it into an effective crop fertilizer. This effort includes publications, presentations, workshops, composting demonstrations, newsletters, a nutrient management website, a manure nutrient sampling program and the North Dakota Discovery Farms project. That project monitors water quality adjacent to animal feeding operations and allows producers to make management decisions for their operation based on collected data. (2011 Annual Highlights - Chris Augustin)

Spillin’ the Beans About Beans, a four-lesson curriculum, educated 47 families with children enrolled in NDSU’s Child Development Center and UND’s University Children’s Center about the health benefits of dry edible beans. The preschoolers sprouted beans in gardens sponsored by Extension’s Junior Master Gardener program, participated in art projects and heard stories about beans. The children and their parents tasted and rated 10 recipes containing beans. Parents received a weekly newsletter about the health benefits of beans, been preparation and recipes of the sampled dishes. Families significantly increased their use of canned beans as a result of the program. (2011 Annual Highlights - Julie Garden-Robinson)

Home energy video clips are a part of Extension’s Energy 101 free online course. The course, based on Extension’s publication, “Top Ten Home Energy Checklist,” includes information about energy use, interviews with home energy experts who offer real-life examples of energy waste in homes, and tips and techniques for reducing energy loss. (2011 Annual Highlights - Carl Pedersen)

The Nurturing America’s Military Families program strengthens military families and helps the communities in which they live to understand their needs. NDSU Extension agents in Richland, Ransom and Cass counties teamed up with the N.D. Department of Human Services’ Children and Family Services Division, the Guard’s Child and Youth Program, and Beyond Boundaries Therapy Services to sponsor the program in Wahpeton in fall 2011. The three-part program was for military families, extended family, counselors, the faith community, teachers, community leaders and others who assist military families. Participants learned about the uniqueness of military family life, keeping a relationship together, dealing with deployment and separation, helping children cope with deployment, staying connected with the service member during deployment, reuniting after the deployment is over and dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder. (2011 Annual Highlights - Angela Berge)

Nearly half of the state’s farm and ranch families may not have an adequate transition plan for their business. To address this lack, NDSU Extension Service developed the Farm/Ranch Transition and Estate Planning program. It offers information on the importance of family communication in estate planning, the pros and cons of different farm business arrangements, and the economic and tax consequences of asset transfer strategies. Extension faculty, local attorneys, estate planners and accountants plan and deliver the program at locations statewide. (2011 Annual Highlights - Willie Huot and Sheldon Gerhardt)

Forty-six rural North Dakota communities have participated in Horizons, an 18-month program launched in the state in 2003. The program provided education, coaching and activities to build strong leadership to help communities address challenges such as poverty, economic decline and population loss. The program was made possible through a partnership between the NDSU Extension Service and St. Paul, Minn.-based Northwest Area Foundation. Impacts: communities have acquired more than $2.4 million in grants; three closed rural schools have been converted to businesses, business incubators, lodging facilities or fitness centers; tourism has expanded in 13 communities, and many more. (2011 Annual Highlights - Lynette Flage)

NDSU Extension conducted a soybean intensive management study to examine combinations of planting rates, row spacing and special foliar inputs to identify the most profitable combination. Six site-years of data have been generated since 2008 from trials at Carrington and Prosper. Study results indicate the combination of planting 150,000 pure live seeds per acre in 14-inch rows, followed by the combination of special foliar inputs, is providing the highest return on investment among the options explored. (2011 Annual Highlights - Greg Endres and Hans Kandel)

Supporting Positive School Outcomes at Madison Elementary (Fargo) was recognized with a Program Excellence Award. Extension team member was Angela Berge. The team implemented the Nurtured Heart Approach (NHA) program at Madison Elementary. Three advanced trainers taught teachers how to integrate the NHA into their classroom management plans. All other adult staff who work at the school were also included as were parents with children at the school. Because of awareness in the community about the success there, the Fargo School District included the program in their professional development offerings.

Subsurface Water Management Education was recognized with a Program Excellence Award. Extension team members were Hans Kandel, Tom Scherer, Roxanne Johnson, Les Lubenow, Greg Endres, LoAyne Voigt, Tim Semler, Ron Beneda, Lionel Olson, Julie Hassebroek, Andy Johnson, Randy Grueneich, Bill Hodous and John Nowatzki. Excess water has significantly affected crop production and increased the amount of saline in some soils. Numerous educational events, tours and demonstrations were held to inform growers, government agency personnel, legislators and the public about the benefits of subsurface draining to establish more optimum conditions for field operations and crop growth. A research site was also established. The program resulted in subsurface drainage being written into the state drainage law.

Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure Compliance Outreach was recognized with a Program Excellence Award.  Extension team members were Roxanne Johnson, Ken Hellevang, Brad Brummond, Lesley Lubenow, Craig Askim, Lucas Walter, Willie Huot, Dan Folske, Joel Lemer, Dwain Barondeau, Jim Hennessy, John Kringler, Keith Brown, Bill Hodous, Al Ulmer, LoAyne Voigt, Ron Beneda, Raquel Dugan-Dibble, Ellen Crawford and Julie Kramlich. At the time of this program, EPA required farms storing oil products in quantities of 1,320 gallons or more to have a plan in place to stop an oil spill from leaving the farm and possibly affecting water quality. Farmers and ranchers became aware of the regulation in May 2010 and had until November 2011 to come into compliance. The team developed informational materials for use by agents, state specialists and the public; did radio, television and newspaper interviews; and distributed news releases. The team worked with the Natural Resource Conservation Service, private engineering firms and tank inspectors to develop lists of qualified specialists to assist farmers in writing their plan, building a secondary containment area and inspecting tanks.

Grants of $100,000+ Received

  • $1.2 million from USDA Food and Nutrition Service for North Dakota Family Nutrition Program. Debra Gebeke, PI.
  • $625,000 from N.D. Department of Public Instruction for Gearing Up for Kindergarten. Debra Gebeke, PI.
  • $360,000 from Environmental Protection Agency for Nutrient Management Educational Information and Assistance Program. Mary Berg, PI.
  • $202,000 from Environmental Protection Agency for Nutrient Management Educational Information and Assistance Program. Mary Berg, PI.
  • $152,117 from CSREES for Youth Development Specialist. Duane Hauck, PI.
  • $151,596 from University of Minnesota for Sugarbeet Specialists. Charles Stoltenow, PI.
  • $140,000 from CSREES for North Dakota 4-H SET for the Future Sustainable Community Project. Sharon Query, PI.
  • $114,758 from USDA-NIFA for North Dakota Extension Integrated Pest Management Coordination Program. Janet Knodel, PI.
  • $110,865 from Ducks Unlimited, Inc., for Area Agronomist for Prairie Pothole Region. John Lukach, PI.
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