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  • Extension has a long history of working with sponsors to enhance Extension’s programming efforts.  A Sponsorship Acknowledgement Task Force was formed to establish guidelines for the NDSU Extension Service. Members were Charlie Stoltenow, chair; Carl Dahlen; Dave Franzen; Julie Garden-Robinson; Jason Goltz; Marie Hvidsten; Becky Koch; Lesley Lubenow; Sam Markell and Rachelle Vettern.  They created a concise document that answers how Extension can appropriately and consistently acknowledge sponsors of Extension programs and materials while also reinforcing the brand of the NDSU Extension Service as the credible source of unbiased, research-based information.
  • The Budget Section of the legislature unanimously approved the authorization request for up to $700,000 additional private funds for the 4-H camp project.
  • NDSU Extension Service celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Smith-Lever Act in May. The Smith-Lever Act of 1914, whose primary sponsors were Sen. Hoke Smith of Georgia and Rep. A. F. Lever of South Carolina, was signed into law by President Woodrow Wilson on May 8, 1914, creating a Cooperative Extension Service associated with each land-grant institution. NDSU Extension celebrated the past 100 years of extending research-based knowledge to the people of North Dakota with a proclamation by Gov. Dalrymple, news releases, a centennial video, open houses at county Extension offices, and events on campus on May 8 including an illustrated timeline presentation by historian and artist Steve Stark. www.ag.ndsu.edu/extension/extension-100-years
  • NDSU Extension Service participated in an organizational culture survey of the 12 North Central Region states. Employees from all job categories were invited to participate, and there were 227 respondents in North Dakota. The results were very positive for the NDSU Extension, exceeding the norm in 12 management practices. Three areas identified as needs were branding, innovation and communication about vision, goals and objectives for Extension.
  • NDSU Extension Service launched two incentive programs: Advanced Degree Incentive Opportunity, and Lead and Lead Extension Incentive Program, providing an opportunity for a salary increase or professional development funds for Extension agents and Extension parent educators. Both programs were suspended in 2017 due to budget cuts.
  • Myron Johnsrud, former NDSU Extension Service director, and his wife, Muriel, were recognized with the Epsilon Sigma Phi, Upsilon Chapter Friend of Extension Award. Jesse Handegard, former NDSU Extension Service agent in Adams County also received the Friend of Extension award.

Program Highlights

Knowledge was extended to North Dakotans through 932,678 face-to-face and other direct contacts by NDSU Extension Service employees.

Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) with thermal infrared sensors and cameras were used to gather data from crop and livestock research projects at the Carrington Research Extension Center. Specialists and researchers hope the image data will help them identify corn, soybean and sunflower emergence and populations, and nitrogen deficiencies in corn and wheat; spot disease and insect damage symptoms, weed infestations and moisture stress on irrigated crops; determine tillage and crop rotation impacts on crop reemergence, vigor and yield, and oil salinity impacts on crop yields; and monitor cattle breeding activity, identify sick or aggressive animals, and monitor animal temperatures and feedlot surface temperatures to mitigate stress from extreme weather conditions. The next step is to convert the image data to information that’s useful to producers and to help producers identify how they can make use of UAS. (2014 Annual Highlights - John Nowatzki and Hans Kandel)

Marketing Hometown America is a community revitalization program that a team of Extension specialists and agents from NDSU, South Dakota State University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln developed to help communities develop a community marketing plan. The guidebook and a trained facilitator leads community members through structured conversations that help residents reveal their thoughts about community living; discover community needs; learn what people are looking for when they relocate to another community; understand the importance of community referrals from local families and friends; and the positive image a community can project through its website and social media; and identify new ways to market their community to potential residents. (2014 Annual Highlights - Jodi Bruns and Helen Volk-Schill)

A temperature inversion is a condition in which the atmosphere’s temperature increases with height above the soil surface. Pesticide applicators need to understand inversions to follow state and federal regulations that prohibit pesticide application during inversions. A new publication titled, “Air Temperature Inversions” explains in detail what they are, why they develop, how land conditions impact them, how to measure them and how to minimize their impact on pesticide applications. (2014 Annual Highlights - Andrew Thostenson, Vern Hofman and John Enz)

With commodity groups’ support and technical work by Myriad Mobile, three NDSU Extension Service publications are now available as one app for smartphone and tablet users. The free app combines information from the “North Dakota Weed Control Guide,” “Field Crop Plant Disease Management Guide,” and “Field Crop Insect Management Guide.” The user-friendly app gives users the ability to search by crop or pest to find solutions to problems or recommended treatments. Photos are included to make in-field comparisons. (2014 Annual Highlights - Andrew Friskop, Richard Zollinger and Janet Knodel)

North Dakota youth were part of the national 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development—a study that surveyed more than 7,000 adolescents from diverse backgrounds in 42 states. Researchers at Tufts University conducted rigorous analyses of the data collected. The final report issued in Dec. 2013 shows that youth involved in 4-H programs are four times more likely to make contributions to their communities; two times more likely to be civically active; two times more likely to make healthier choices; and two times more likely to participate in science, engineering and computer technology programs during out-of-school time. The study also found that 10th-grade girls in 4-H are two times more likely and 12th-grade girls in 4-H are nearly three times more likely to take part in science programs, compared with girls in other out-of-school time activities. The results of this study provide a compelling reason why youth need to be part of 4-H. (2014 Annual Highlights - Brad Cogdill)

More than 29 million Americans have diabetes, and another 86 million adults have prediabetes, which means their blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not high enough to be diabetes. To prevent people’s prediabetes from turning into diabetes, Extension is piloting the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Diabetes Prevention Program in North Dakota. It’s a free community-based lifestyle change program for those with prediabetes. The class meets weekly for 16 weeks, then once a month for six months. The goal is to help participants have a 7 percent weight loss and do 150 minutes of physical activity per week. Statistics shows that this amount of change can delay or prevent the onset of diabetes. (2014 Annual Highlights - Rita Ussatis)

A research and Extension effort to evaluate the sustainability of two breeding systems on beef operations through North Dakota produced sound data. Artificial insemination (AI) and estrus synchronization can produce benefits such as shifting calving distribution, increasing weaning weight of calves and incorporating superior genetics of AI bulls. Cattle need to be gathered and handled a minimum of three times to accomplish timed AI protocols. Performance and profit of each breeding system was evaluated by producers, Extension agents, and campus specialists and faculty. (2014 Annual Highlights - Carl Dahlen)

The integrated pest management survey, coordinated by Extension specialists, detects the presence and severity of diseases and insects that threaten major crops. Field scouts survey locations in every county of the state and compile a variety of data, such as the presence or absence of major insect pests and diseases. From this data, management strategies are determined. The survey information is provided at least once a week to stakeholders by agricultural email lists, county agricultural alerts and other electronic, radio and print media. Weekly maps of pest occurrences are also posted at www.ag.ndsu.edu/ndipm. (2014 Annual Highlights - Janet Knodel, Andrew Friskop and Sam Markell)

German-Russian Country: Prairie Legacy (Tri-County Tourism Alliance) was recognized with a Program Excellence Award. Extension team members were Acacia Stuckle, Carmen Rath-Wald and Kathy Tweeten. Germans from Russia make up 41 percent of North Dakota's residents with concentration in Emmons, Logan and McIntosh counties. The Tri-County Tourism Alliance was formed to preserve and promote the Germans from Russia heritage and culture, and to enhance tourism in the three counties. Results include an Oktoberfest in Napoleon; a large increase in visitors to Lawrence Welk's boyhood home near Strasburg; a café guide; and strong sales of "Ewiger Saatz," a food history cookbook.

Nourishing Boomers and Beyond was recognized with a Program Excellence Award. Extension team members were Julie Garden-Robinson, Jane Strommen, Bob Bertsch, Sonja Fuchs, Kimberly Beauchamp, Deb Tanner, Ellen Crawford, Susan Finneseth, Jeanne Erickson, Karla Monson, Mary Froelich, Marietta Good, Sharon Smith, Marcia Hellandsaas, Acacia Stuckle, JoAnn Runner, Callie Johnson, Deb Evenson, Carolee Kaylor, Ellen Bjelland, Trisha Jessen, Peggy Anderson, Dena Kemmet, Vanessa Hoines, Kari Presler, Janet Wanek, Cindy Klapperich, Susan Milender and Deb Lee. Chronic diseases affect a large portion of older adults, decreasing their quality of life and increasing health-care costs. This program improved the 50-plus audience's health literacy through community classes, printed materials, recipe demonstrations, e-newsletter, website, Facebook and Pinterest.

North Dakota 4-H Camp Healthy Challenge was recognized with a Program Excellence Award. Extension Team members were Katie Tyler, Callie Johnson and Julie Garden-Robinson. The North Dakota 4-H Camp provided an ideal setting for teaching young people lifelong skills and habits in eating more healthfully, being physically active each day, staying hydrated, getting enough sleep, brushing their teeth, wearing sunscreen and washing their hands.

Getting it Right in Soybean Production was recognized with a Program Excellence Award. Extension team members were Hans Kandel, Sam Markell, Greg Endres, Janet Knodel, Pat Beauzay, Joel Lemer, Randy Grueneich, Ron Beneda, Yoland Schmidt, Raquel Dugan-Dibble, LoAyne Voigt, Sheldon Gerhardt and Crystal Schaunaman. North Dakota's harvested soybean acreage increased from 1.85 million acres in 2000 to 4.62 million acres in 2013, largely due to soybean production expanding into new areas and new growers planting the crop. NDSU Extension Service specialists and agents partnered with the N.D. Soybean Council to educate newer producers about growing soybeans in different regions of the state.

Grants of $100,000+ Received

  • $1.4 million from USDA Food and Nutrition Service for North Dakota Family Nutrition Program. Debra Gebeke, PI.
  • $409,088 from USDA NIFA for 2013 NDSU Farm Benchmarking Collaboration. Frayne Olson, PI.
  • $295,500 from Environmental Protection Agency for Nutrient Management Educational Support Program. Mary Berg, PI.
  • $168,050 from University of Minnesota for Sugarbeet Specialists. Charles Stoltenow, PI.
  • $155,000 from Department of Justice for 4-H National Mentoring Program: Standing Rock, Sioux County. Rachelle Vettern, PI.
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