North Dakota Association of Agriculture Extension Agents



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Description of Committee Responsibilities

Extension Development Committees:

Early Career Development; Leadership and Administrative Skills; Teaching and Technologies

Develop professional improvement opportunities that:

  1. Assist members with early to mid-career development and success.
  2. Focus on leadership skills that will bring us closer to the community, recruit local volunteers and help manage and interact with office staff.
  3. Assist members in learning non-traditional Extension skills.

Program Recognition Committees:

Provides a vehicle to recognize the professionalism, performance and outstanding programs of NDAAEA members.


Communications; Public Relations

  1. Enhance the communication skills and knowledge of members through promotion and recognition efforts. Conduct the state Communication Award Program which NDAAEA members can apply for 14 different award categories.
  2. It is the responsibility of all members of the Association to promote good public relations. However, this committee will:
    1. Assume leadership in developing suggestions for improving the public image of NDSU Extension and ANR program areas.
    2. Implement a system whereby all NDAAEA award recipients receive recognition in their home community media and acknowledgment to advisory committees and supervisors. Included as recipients will be elected officers and directors, DSA and AA recipients, and professional improvement program sponsors. The committee will work with the chairs of the appropriate committees for implementation and maintenance of the system.
    3. Conduct the Agriculture Awareness and Appreciation Award program.

Search for Excellence; Professional Excellence

  1. Promote and recognize quality program efforts of NDAAEA members, and to design methods of transferring such excellence in programming to other members across the state and nationally. Conduct Search of Excellence Programs judging in areas of program development, implementation and evaluation by NDAAEA members in one of 8 different categories.
  2. Showcase excellence in program efforts of NDAAEA members. This will be done by giving members the opportunity to present posters with abstracts at the NACAA Annual Meeting/Professional Improvement Conference. Another objective to this committee is to assist members with their career promotion and performance evaluations.

4-H and Youth

Develop and promote 4-H and Youth professional improvement opportunities and enhance the 4-H program efforts of NDAAEA members. Conduct the Excellence in 4-H Programming Award.


Recognition and Awards

Provide leadership in the recognition of outstanding accomplishments by NDAAEA members including the selection and appropriate recognition of three awards programs. They will administer, with the approval of the Board of Directors, the selection and presentation of the Distinguished Service Award, the Achievement Award, and the Hall of Fame Award

Scholarships and Life Members

  1. Promote the scholarship program by obtaining funds from Extension personnel, friends of NDAAEA, and others interested in this effort. The committee should work with other committees to enable NDAAEA to provide scholarships to members as a means of encouraging and supporting professional improvement.
  2. Serve as a liaison between Life Members and members of NACAA and the Board of Directors, encouraging support of the scholarship fund to Life Members. Identify and recognize retiring employees that qualify for Life Membership.

Professional Improvement Committees

Providing professional improvement opportunities for members with responsibilities in each area of emphasis. This includes the development of professional improvement opportunities, securing resources to fund these activities, and promoting these activities to members. As ideas for professional improvement are brought to the Agricultural Economics Committee, it will be the responsibility of the committee to determine if the idea for professional improvement is feasible, and if so then determine what course should be taken to offer this opportunity to members.

Animal Science
Agronomy and Pest Management
Natural Resources, Horticulture, Sustainable Ag.
Agricultural Economics (Agricultural Economics and Community Development Committee)

Other Committees

Committees that are not represented at a NAACA (National) level, but have been traditionally supported in NDAAEA activities.


Coordinate the fall social open to all Extension and REC Staff at the annual NDSU Extension and REC Conference.        

  1. Facilitate a location, meal and entertainment for the social, while communicating with the Extension Conference Planning Committee.
  2. Communicate/coordinate with the professional association in charge of the annual auction fundraiser.
  3. Ask local agricultural commodities for sponsorship donations to fund social event activities.
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