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Biennial Budget

NDSU Extension Service 2017-2019 budget: $13.0M county, $25.6M state, $7.1M federal, $6.6M grants and contracts


  • The State Board of Agricultural Research and Education, in consultation with the Governor's Office, conducted a comprehensive review of the NDSU Extension Service. The review began in Jan. 2017 and ended with a report to the budget section of legislative management in March 2018. The review, done in two phases, reinforced Extension’s mission in transformational education and reaffirmed that a county-based Extension system is truly valued in North Dakota. Improved delivery methods, visibility and administrative/personnel efficiencies were recommended.
  • The first state advisory council for the NDSU Extension Service, the Citizen Advisory Council, was established. The 15-member council receives input on state-level issues, increases understanding of Extension by key stakeholders and builds advocacy.
  • To absorb a $4.1M budget reduction to our original 2015-17 state general funds, a combination of freezing over 20 FTEs of vacancies spread across administration, ANR, FCS, 4-H, CV and county programs, and trimming operating and equipment budgets was required. The savings from these actions prevented laying off employees beyond the existing vacancies within Extension’s current budget.
  • On Feb. 10, NDSU offered a Tenured Faculty Phased Retirement Program for tenured faculty members who met certain eligibility requirements.
  • NDSU Extension Service began using one-page infographics to illustrate impacts in each of the four main program areas, i.e. agriculture and natural resources, community vitality, family and consumer sciences, and 4-H youth development.
  • Significant state budget cuts required a stronger emphasis on cost recovery and revenue generation. With a commitment to youth and providing the best 4-H program possible for them, NDSU Extension Service implemented a statewide 4-H program fee on Sept. 1 to augment the reduction in public funds.
  • To improve efficiencies, off-campus operations were streamlined from four districts to three effective Oct. 1: West (Jim Gray, district director), Central (Ron Wiederholt, district director) and East (Kim Ruliffson, district director).
  • North Dakota 4-H Camp turned 50 years old. The North Dakota 4-H Camp was established in 1967 as the Western North Dakota 4-H Camp, one of two regional 4-H camps. It has become the sole statewide 4-H camp facility. Its location is historically significant. The 84-acre facility is along the banks of the Missouri River near Fort Mandan, where explorers Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery spent the winter of 1804.
  • An NDSU Extension Service brand refresh was rolled out including ready-made templates for PowerPoint, brochures, flyers and certificates; Facebook cover photos; notecards, folders and more. A year later, they were refreshed again with the new NDSU Extension logo.
  • North Dakota University System implemented a system-wide PeopleSoft Travel Expense Module that eliminated paper expense reimbursement forms for NDSU Extension Service employees. Employees enter their expenses and receipts into PeopleSoft and they're routed for approval with automatic deposit reimbursements possible as soon as the next day.

Program Highlights

Knowledge was extended to North Dakotans through 1,087,442 face-to-face and other direct contacts by NDSU Extension Service employees.

Three years before the veterinary feed directive (VFD) went into effect on Jan. 1, 2017, Extension specialists and agents began educating producers, veterinarians and livestock feed distributors about the federal regulation. The VFD requires producers to obtain a written order from their veterinarian before buying antibiotics intended for use in or on animal feed. Education also covers the proper use of antibiotics, including why they’re needed, when and how they should be used, what antibiotics to use, the correct dose and how they’re administered. (2017 Annual Highlights - Gerald Stokka and Lisa Pederson)

From 2000 to 2017, soybean acres harvested in North Dakota increased from 1.85 million to 7.1 million. Due to this increased interest, especially in the western part of the state, Extension, in partnership with the North Dakota Soybean Council, put on a series of meetings in 2017 called “Getting it Right in Soybean Production.” Participants estimated the value of the knowledge they gained, if implemented on their farm, at $11.58 per acre. The 153 attending growers, collectively farming 116,000 soybean acres, estimated the total perceived value of the meeting series at $1.3 million. (2017 Annual Highlights - Hans Kandel)

Bale grazing, the practice of allowing livestock to graze hay bales in a hayfield or improved pasture, shows promise as a way to offer producers a way to reduce labor and fuel costs, boost soil health and improve manure distribution. A two-year study was conducted at four participating North Dakota ranches. (2017 Annual Highlights - Mary Berg)

Field to Fork is a collaborative effort of Extension agents and specialists, NDSU research faculty, growers and regulators to improve people’s knowledge of growing, transporting, processing and preserving products. The team developed a webinar series on canning, growing vegetables and safe food handling while processing and selling local foods; a workbook showing when to harvest and a weed guide; food safety demonstration kits that were distributed to 25 Extension county offices for workshops; food safety training for growers and small food businesses; and educational materials about North Dakota-grown specialty crops, including apples, chickpeas, dry beans, grapes, Leafy greens, onions, pumpkins and raspberries. (2017 Annual Highlights - Julie Garden-Robinson)

Ten Cass County youth leaders lead computer science activities with new Americans in partnership with Lutheran Social Services and the Fargo Microsoft headquarters through a grant from Microsoft and the National 4-H Council. (2017 Annual Highlights - Lindsey Leker)

A grant from Google and the National 4-H Council funded two trunks with 10 virtual reality devices in each trunk and 30 Chromebook computers for pilot computer science activities in North Dakota counties.  (2017 Annual Highlights - Lindsey Leker)

Finding enough people to serve on governmental and nonprofit organization boards can be challenging, especially in rural areas. NDSU Extension Service developed Lead Local, a one-day program that teaches participants about ethics, parliamentary procedure and conflict resolution, to help people develop the skills and confidence to serve effectively. Nearly 240 people from 528 North Dakota organizations have attended Lead Local. Rural Leadership North Dakota, an 18-month leadership development program, also has a positive impact on preparing leaders. Thirty-two percent of the participants have been from the agriculture section, and 19 have run for office. Three were elected to positions, including county commissioner. (2017 Annual Highlights - Lynette Flage and Marie Hvidsten)

NDSU Extension Service 4-H program enrollment increased 19 percent from 2011-12 to 2016-17. The increase is a result of several factors: an intentional effort to promote 4-H as a modern, relevant youth development program and enrollment goal setting; an updated Cloverbuds (youth ages 5 to 7) curriculum; the highly popular shooting sports program; and an online enrollment system that makes signing up and enrollment tracking easier. (2017 Annual Highlights - Brad Cogdill)

A corn silage research project was launched to help N.D. beef producers optimize their silage quality. Carl Dahlen, associate professor in Animal Sciences and Miranda Meehan, Extension livestock environmental stewardship specialist, worked with 29 Extension agents to collect 171 corn silage samples from 27 counties. Samples were analyzed, producers were surveyed and provided with a detailed analysis of their individual sample, and agents met with local beef producers to discuss the results of the surveys. (2017 Annual Highlights - Carl Dahlen and Miranda Meehan)

Much of North Dakota faced severe drought conditions. NDSU Extension Service developed a website with comprehensive resources for all things drought-related including farm/family stress resources and increased use of the online FeedList to connect donors or sellers with those needing feed and hay. Low or volatile commodity prices created additional stress. A Farm Financial Stress Issue Team was appointed to formulate a vision and plan for delivering farm financial stress programs across North Dakota. Initial members were Dave Ripplinger, Sean Brotherson, Ron Haugen, Randy Grueneich, Katelyn Hain, Lindy Berg, Melissa Seykora, Katie Wirt, Calla Jarboe, Crystal Schaunaman, Bruce Schmidt and Sonja Fuchs. Extension specialists created six handouts/factsheets, developed or updated more than 50 publications, gave presentations at 12 meetings, sent out 27 drought-related news releases and conducted more than 40 news media interviews. Drought condition reports resulted in North Dakota farmers and ranchers receiving more than $50 million for livestock-related losses in 2017. www.ag.ndsu.edu/drought

Design Your Succession Plan was recognized with a Program Excellence Award. Extension team members were Crystal Schaunaman, Carrie Johnson, David Ripplinger, Joel Lemer, Paige Brummund, Ashley Ueckert and Cindy Klapperich. The program assists families to discuss and prepare to meet with a professional to establish a succession plan for farm assets.

Farm Safety Day was recognized with a Program Excellence Award. Extension team members were Duaine Marxen, Christina Hansen, Craig Askim and Amanda Dahners. Lawn and yard safety, sun savvy awareness, CPR and safe sound levels were components of the program.

From Sheep to Sweater (and More) was recognized with a Program Excellence Award. Extension team members were Kristi Berdal, Angela Johnson, Leigh Gunkel, Katelyn Hain, Megan Vig, Stacy Wang, Dave Haasser and Travis Hoffman. This agriculture literacy program for elementary school youth focused on the sheep industry. Over nine months, the students learned about sheep food products, sheep care and wool properties. The highlight for the students was being able to touch live sheep.

Building Tomorrow's Leaders Today was recognized with a Program Excellence Award. Extension agent Macine Lukach and six external partners were involved. The program taught students in grades 8-12 skills in public speaking, effective communication, effective meeting management, parliamentary procedure, managing conflict, personal branding and legislative strategy. Three months later, 92 percent had accepted a leadership role in an organization in which they belonged. The program was adapted for statewide use.

Grants of $100,000+ Received

  • $338,913 from USDA NIFA for Joint Specialist Positions with University of Minnesota and Administrative Secretary. Chris Boerboom, PI.
  • $321,805 from North Central Soybean Research Program for Second SCN Coalition: Resistance Management and Awareness Campaign. Samuel Markell, PI.
  • $172,944 from Department of Justice for 4-H National Mentoring Program, Year 7. Brad Cogdill, PI.
  • $172,134 from USDA-NIFA for Extension Integrated Pest Management Program in North Dakota. Janet Knodel, PI.
  • $135,958 from North Dakota Corn Utilization Council for Research and Extension Efforts at the Soil Health and Agriculture Research Extension (SHARE) Farm (Year 5-6). Abbey Wick, PI.
  • $110,000 from USDA-NIFA for North Dakota SARE 2017-2018 State Professional Development Program. Karl Hoppe, PI.
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