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What's Happening in McIntosh Extension?

Ag Banquet

The 2018 Ag Banquet was held on December 5 in Ashley.  The event, which was hosted by the McIntosh County Ag Improvement Association, McIntosh County Soil Conservation District/NRCS and McIntosh County Extension was well attended by agriculture producers from throughout the county. 

Crystal Schaunaman, Extension Agent shared information about the function of Extension and some of McIntosh County Extension’s activities throughout the year.  Clyde Wetzel, McIntosh County Ag Improvement Association president gave an overview of the Association’s actions in the past year followed by an election for several board positions.   

Harvest Bowl recipients, Kerry & Pam Bettenhausen and Cordell & Ann Bettenhausen, were recognized as were Carl & Kary Lindgren, the Soil Conservation District Achievement winners.

Steve Tomac, ND Cowboy Hall of Fame inductee and former rodeo clown, provided the evening’s entertainment. 

CHS – Northern Plains, DRN (Dickey Rural Network), Westside Heating & AC, Green Iron Equipment, and Ashley Tribune sponsored the event.

Cheyenne Ketterling, Advisor of the newly formed FFA program at Ashley Public School supervised as several club members seved at the banquet.  They pitched right in and were a terrific help to us.  What a great group of youth!  

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4-H Awards Banquet

The annual 4-H Awards Banquet was held November 18th in Ashley.  It was well attended by 4-H members and their families.  Please see our 4-H and Youth page for more pictures and details about awards.

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QuickBooks Workshop

Crystal worked with the Jamestown Regional Entrepeneur Center to offer a free QuickBooks presentation by CPA's from Schauer & Associates.  Sixteen people attended the workshop where CPA's from Schauer & Associates answered individual QuickBooks questions as well as providec small live tutorials on introductory topics. 

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Kids, Compost, Crops & Consumption

Crystal Schaunaman, Extension Agent began presenting this program to the third and fourth grade students at the Ashley and Wishek schools.

Youth participating in the Kids, Compost, Crops and Consumption (KCCC) program learn about nutrition, agricultural production and where their food comes from while demonstrating the whole food cycle.

The program consists of six lessons taught throughout the school year. Each lesson focuses on a different part of the food cycle:

  • Different types of livestock, what they eat and what they are used for
  • Compost and manure and how they can be used as fertilizer for plants
  • How soils are important for crops and livestock
  • Health benefits of vegetables and how to incorporate vegetables into the diet

Crystal will be providing a fun, hands on learning opportunity for the students.  If you know a student in one of these grades, ask them about what they are learning!

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Tri-County Plot Tour

Producers from the Tri-County area (McIntosh, Logan, and Emmons counties) gathered July 18th at the crop plot located six miles west of Wishek to learn more about soybean production with rye, herbicide resistant weeds, sulfur trials, dry bean production, as well as other timely topic.  

They also viewed variety trials of barley, spring wheat, dry and conventional beans, Liberty Link and RR soybeans.  The trial site is managed by staff from the Carrington Research Extension Center (CREC).  

The meal was provided by the ND Soybean Council.

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4-H  Showmanship Clinic & YQCA Training

A rabbit and livestock showmanship clinic along with youth for the quality care of animals (YQCA) training was held in Wishek ND on June 5 by the NDSU – McIntosh County Extension office. Fifteen youth along with several interested parents attended the event.

Extension livestock specialists Janna Kincheloe and Travis Hoffman along with Extension agents Crystal Schaunaman, Penny Nester and Sheldon Gerhardt taught the youth about large livestock feeding, fitting and showmanship techniques.

The day concluded with YQCA (Youth Quality Care of Animals) training which is now a requirement for 4-H youth to show livestock at the North Dakota State Fair. 

McIntosh County Farm Bureau sponsored snacks and door prizes as well as the YQCA certification for instructor-led training for all the youth.

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Babysitting Clinic 

We had a great group of kids attend the babysitting classes held in Wishek and Ashley on May 31 and June 4, 2018.  A total of 33 youth were certified in CPR and First Aid.  The course taught skills to promote safe and responsible care for infants and children, as well as how to manage a babysitting business.

Crystal Schaunaman, McIntosh County agent facilitated the course which was taught by Jessica Welder and Cheryl Schilling from the McIntosh District Health Unit, Eric Heupel and Angela Bertsch from the Ashley Ambulance Service and Felicia Huber Sampson from the Wishek Ambulance Service.  The course was sponsored by the  Ashley Ambulance Service and Wishek Community Hospital.


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2018 Ag Forum 

Several NDSU Extension specialists and an NRCS Soil specialist presented various topics to area crop and livestock producers at the Ag Forum held  February 23, 2018 in Ashley.

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Annie's Project - 2018

Annie's project is underway with 18 women with agricultural ties participating.  The workshop began the third week in February and will run until the end of March.  Crystal Schaunaman, ANR Extension Agent has filled the schedule with speakers delivering varied pertinent topics and hands on activities.


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Bully Buying Workshop

A bull buying workshop organized by Crystal Schaunaman, Extension Agent and presented by Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist and Director of the Dickinson Research Extension Center was well attended by area livestock producers.

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Ag Appreciation Banquet

An Ag Appreciation Banquet for area producers was held December 20, 2017 in Wishek. The event was hosted by McIntosh County Extension, McIntosh County Soil Conservation District and McIntosh County Ag Improvement Association.   

The event was made possible by local sponsors:  Sayler Implement, Titan Machinery, Alisha Ankers Law Office, Pinnacle Agriculture, Lautt Ag Services LLC, Larson Grain Company, CHS South Central, Beaver Valley Diesel, Central Iron, Eye Center of the Dakotas, Farmers Union Insurance - Al Weigel, Mary’s Bookkeeping & Tax Service, McIntosh County Farm Bureau, Pinke Lumber Company, Jim Weber Ford, Wishek Drug, Wishek Western Shop & Livestock Supply, and Moeckel Insurance.

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Schaunaman Honored

Crystal Schaunaman, McIntosh County Extension Agent was presented with the Distinguished Service Award in recognition of outstanding service and dedication for her work with 4-H at the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents (NAE4-HA) conference in Indianapolis, Indiana recently.

Congratulations, Crystal and "Thank You" for your contribution to our county's 4-H youth!

McIntosh County 4-H Volunteer Receives Lifetime Award

Coreen Schumacher of Venturia is the recipient of North Dakota’s 2017 Outstanding Lifetime 4-H Volunteer Award.

Schumacher has had many roles as a 4-H volunteer, including serving as leader of the Flickertail 4-H Club for 15 years. She also has been involved in 4-H community gardens, 4-H baking and craft projects for the elderly at nursing homes, the Flickertail 4-H Club’s aluminum can collection project, 4-H Awards Night, and 4-H bell ringing and singing for the Salvation Army.

In addition, she has served on the McIntosh County4-H Council and a search committee for a new Extension agent, and was 4-H communication arts coordinator and group leader for the 4-H aerospace program.

“She’s encouraged youth in so many different 4-H project areas, highlighting their interests and providing opportunities for them to grow and learn at both county and state levels,” says Karen Bettenhausen, the family and consumer sciences agent in the North Dakota State University Extension Service’s McIntosh County office.

“She has volunteered endless hours to organize events, host meetings and activities, and always has been there for her family and club members any time they had questions, never asking for anything in return,” adds Bettenhausen, who nominated Schumacher for the volunteer award.

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