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May 5

The Extension Connection

By Megan Vig

Fifteen individuals recently met with Griggs County’s NDSU Extension agent and educator, Megan Vig and Leigh Gunkel, respectively, and formed the Griggs Extension Advisory Council for the county.  Advisory councils were recommended by SBARE (State Board of Agricultural Research and Education) during a comprehensive review of Extension last year.  SBARE is responsible for budgeting and policy-making associated with North Dakota State University Extension and the North Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station.  In the past, the Griggs County Extension Office has relied on input from citizens and groups to identify needs for educational programming by evaluation at extension events, such as at Crop Improvement Association, 4-H Council, and gardening meetings.  Though this approach provided areas of need, feedback received at these meetings were specific and were provided by citizens with a connection to Extension.  The goal of forming an advisory council is to collect a wider, yet general range of information and inviting audiences that are not as well aware of Extension efforts. 

The group learned about NDSU Extension, the history of land-grant institutions, and the philosophy and purpose of NDSU Extension.  Going forward, the group’s purpose will be to assist the Extension agents in analyzing local situations and identifying county needs, providing feedback to Extension staff, assisting in evaluating educational programs, and continuing to learn about NDSU Extension and its programs.  The group will meet three times a year and membership is on a rotation basis of three-year terms.

Leigh and I greatly appreciate the following individuals for serving on the Griggs County Extension Advisory Council—Stacey Aarestad, Linsey Bauer, Linn Dockter, Todd Edland, Stephanie Johnson, Bonnie Krenz, Gene Loge, Nancy Lunde, Brad McCullough, Dr. Paul and Susan Motter, Melissa Myers, Jayne Ott, Steve Perry, Mark Ressler, and Mark Urness.  Great conversations and insights were shared by this group through an activity addressing three program areas of Extension— 4-H/Youth Development, Agriculture and Natural Resources, and Family and Community Wellness.  If you would like to stay updated on the activities of the advisory council or would like to be a part of the council in the future, please let the Extension Office know by calling 797-3312.

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