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North Dakota State Fair
Date:July 20 - 28, 2018
City:Minot, ND
Dean Aakre for 4-H events

Phone: 701-231-8595
Fax: 701-231-8568
Web site:
Nutrient Management Day

Full day workshop consisting of presentations, demonstrations, and field crop trials pertaining to manure and nutrient management. Specific focus TBD. Check the website for updates!

Date:August 22, 2018
City:Carrington, ND
Mary Berg

Phone: 701-652-2951
Web site:
Facilitating Strategic Planning Workshop

In this workshop you will learn how to help groups discuss critical issues, make effective decisions and plan for their future. The workshop covers over 15 facilitation techniques that can be used with groups of all sizes. If you are being asked to facilitate groups you will want to attend this workshop!

Workshop Objectives:
• Participants will learn about themselves as facilitators.
• Participants will learn about strategic planning facilitation strategies.
• Participants will increase their confidence utilizing facilitation teachings/strategies.

Tuesday, August 28th

1:00 p.m.
• Welcome and introductions – Reimers Meeting Room
• Emotional Intelligence (EQ)
• Unintended bias
 -Self-talk, Ladder of Inference

3:15 p.m. – Break

3:30 p.m.
Areas to consider before the strategic planning meeting takes place
• Questions to ask the contact person
• Room arrangement
• Creating the contract
• Facilitation tools for meeting

Areas to consider during the strategic planning meeting
• Ground rules
• Action sandwich
• Carousel
• Nominal Group
• Affinity Diagram
• Criterion Grid
• Difficulty/Impact Matrix
• Fist to Five
• Paired Comparisons
• Rank Voting
• Show of Hands
• Sticky Dot Voting
• Thumbs spectrum
• Zero to 10 Rating

5:45 p.m. Dinner – Reimers Meeting Room

6:30 p.m.
Asset based strategic planning process
SMART goals
• Mission statement

8 p.m. Debrief the day

Wednesday, August 29th

8:15 a.m.
• Debrief – Reimers Meeting Room

8:30 a.m.
Appreciative Inquiry (AI) Strategic Planning process
• Discover phase
• Dream phase
• Design phase

10 a.m. Break

10:20 a.m.
Appreciative Inquiry Strategic Planning process continues
• Destiny phase (action planning)

Reminders to share as strategic planning meeting concludes

Areas to consider after the strategic planning meeting
• Final report
• Follow-up

Participants select case study for facilitation practice

Noon Lunch Buffet – Reimers Meeting Room

12:45 p.m.
• Case studies/participant share facilitation solution with group

3 p.m.
• Wrap-up and evaluation

Date:August 28 - 29, 2018
City:Fargo, ND
Marie Hvidsten

Phone: 701-231-5640
Web site:
Big Iron

The NDSU Extension Service has an exhibit area (3 or 4 tables) in the Hartl Ag Building at Big Iron on September 11-12-13, 2018 (Tuesday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Wednesday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Thursday: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm). This as an excellent opportunity to represent NDSU, provide education to the people of North Dakota, and gather input from farmers and agribusiness.

The Big Iron Farm Show is the largest farm show in the upper Midwest with 900+ exhibit booths, training sessions, demonstrations and countless opportunities to connect with peers. Companies display their most innovative agricultural equipment and technology. Some 70,000 farmers, ranchers and agricultural enthusiasts from around the world come to the Red River Valley to experience first-hand our diversified agricultural practices. Big Iron is a leader in providing producers the opportunity to visit with specialists from many ag-related fields, and to participate in seminars and in-field demonstrations to learn about the latest cutting-edge agricultural products, equipment, technology and services. The complete schedule is on the web at


Alternative Grain Storage Options

What are the options for alternative grain storage? Ken Hellevang, NDSU Extension Service Agricultural Engineer will describe the fundamentals of successfully storing grain in grain bags and in properly prepared and managed covered piles. He will also focus on important safety practices associated with temporary grain storage.

Industry representatives will show and describe options for modular bunker walls, aeration fans, wireless fan control system, wireless temperature probes, and pile or bunker covers or tarps. Industry representatives will also show and describe grain bags and the equipment to fill and unload the bags. There will be time to examine the equipment and interact with industry representatives.

Effects of Tile Drainage

How does tile drainage effect the physical and chemical properties of soil? The Big Iron Demonstration Field was tiled in 2012. Now, five years later, come to the Demonstration Field each afternoon during the 2017 Big Iron Show to see the impacts “close up”. Soil pits will be dug to expose the tile drain pipes, and areas between tiles, to compare the effects of tile drainage on soils. NDSU Extension engineering, agronomy and soil specialists will be on hand to discuss the impacts of tile drainage on soils and crop production.

Date:September 11 - 13, 2018
City:West Fargo, ND
Kenneth Hellevang

Phone: 701-231-7243
Fax: 701-231-1008
Web site: