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Natural Resources, Horticulture, Sustainable Ag. Committee Minutes

Minutes from 2015-2019

2019 Minutes

Natural Resources, horticulture, sustainable ag committee meeting was held via skype at 1:00 pm on 10/05/2019

Members Present via Skype at 1:00 pm: Craig Askim (chair), Breana Kiser (Vice-Chair), Katelyn Hain, Rick Schmidt

The NRHSA committee of the NDAEAA meet by conference call on October 5 at 1:00 pm.

Craig Askim, Katelyn Hain, Breana Kiser, Rick Schmidt were in attendance

Discussion was held on Dicamba issues across the state all stated with the new rules and awareness it does not appear to as large of an issue this year.

Sunflower survey is under way, Rick stated the field he conducted survey on some had rotten heads to them.

Pesticide Re-certification classes where discussed:

Still have some counties without Agriculture Agents so other agents are covering them counties. Talk about what is and what is not the correct ways to charge for services on this and who should pay for what.

Rick sated he would like to try to put on educational workshops in the area of Range judging and range/grass identification. He wants to work with County NRCS offices and provide the education for both agents and the public. Looking at things like identification, timing for cow turnout, weed control, and invader and grazing pressure.

Rick – ask the group there thoughts on the FSA programs such as the FMP program and the new farm bill. He asked what Extension role should be in providing educational information to the public on this, because FSA is not allowed to promote their own programs.

Group stated that the Weekly Horticulture calls conducted through the growing season are very worthwhile and encourage them to counties.

With no other business committee call was adjourned at 1:55 pm.

Submitted by,

Craig Askim Chairman


2018 Minutes

No Minutes Submitted

2017 Minutes

September 28-2017

Attendees: Dan Folske, Craig Askim, Kelsie Egeland, Rick Schmidt

1. Update from agents on programs/concerns

  • Dan: He took a few producers to tour a 12,000 acre organic farm and elevator in Canada                                                               - Opportunity to have a Q/A panel with a large organic producer

                              ii.      Organic farming is an area some agents need to focus more on

                             iii.      Extension Agents need to be aware of the reality of organic farming

                      - Educate themselves on the stereotypes and know how to reply when they are used

                            iv.      When providing organic farming information, one on one interaction is a great way to make a                                                    connection and work with the producer.

  • Rick

            i.     Discussed plot he had this year

            ii.      Discussed organic producer relationships

As agents, we need to be more aware of the farming practices

  • Craig

            i.      Discussed his experience with organic farming

  • Kelsie

            i.      Discussed the collaborative drought meeting and farm stress workshop in Emmons County

            ii.      Discussed the calls she has been getting on dicamba drift

  • Topics Discussed:
  •  Organic Farming

            i.      Best way to educate farmers

            ii.      Best way agents can educate themselves

  • Pesticide carryover in pastures
  • Dicamba resistant soybean issues

            i.      Drift issues

  • Herbicide resistance

           i.      Kochia outbreak

           ii.      Marestail

           iii.      Explosion of Canada Thistle and Wormwood

  • All of these weeds are an increasing problem – what do we do?
  • Lots of hay moved into the state

           i.      Potential new weeds to manage

  • Sunflower Survey

           i.      Survey was conducted in 2017

           ii.      In 2015, 8 states conducted the survey and North Dakota survey 100 fields

           iii.      In 2017, there should be 83 fields surveyed in North Dakota

  • Soybean Cyst Nematode Testing

            i.      The ND Soybean Council has provided funds to test soil samples for SCN

            ii.      Soil sample bags were distributed to the counties

            iii.      Since 2013, 2,200 samples have been submitted

  • This number has tripled since sampling started and nearly 500 positives have been detected
  • Future needs/programs
  1. Contacting Rich Zollinger/Andrew Thostenson about pesticide carryover in pastures in pesticide training
  2. Contacting Andrew Thostenson about dicamba/herbicide drift educational material for pesticide training
  3. Prepare for potential new weeds to manage due to lots of hay moving throughout the state

2016 Minutes

October 13, 2016

Present: Dan Folske, Kelsie Egeland, Ron Wiederholt, Steve Sagaser, Rick Schmidt

Committee members discussed some of their programming and use of Junior Master Gardener and SARE Funds for programming. The committee believes there is a need for agents to learn about examples of SARE funds for local programming efforts. Rick said there will be more information about this at conference. Another item of importance is the weekly horticulture calls and the Yard and Garden Report put together by Tom Kalb based on issues brought up in the weekly calls. This is very beneficial even if you can’t be on the calls.

Software and websites for lawn, tree, and vegetable diseases and id were discussed. Kelsey shared a University of Minnesota site called “What’s wrong with my plants?”

Although Skype and other web conferencing tools are not perfect our group liked having the committee meetings before conference to allow agents to attend more than one committee meeting if they choose.

We need to do a better job of inviting new agents into the association. Contacting new agents, introducing ourselves and encouraging them to become members.

2015 Minutes

Attendees: Kelsie Egeland, Brock Shouldis, Steve Sagaser, Dan Folske, Danielle Steinhoff, Katelyn Hain, Bill Hodous, Calla Jarboe, Jesse Ostrander, Todd Weinmann

What have agents done in/with horticulture in the past year?

Todd Weinmann and Brock Shouldis did raised garden beds in Richland County. They had an educational lunch and learn type session. They also had raised garden beds there which allowed for a hands on learning environment.

Dan Folske went into the schools to work with grades K through 6 in Burke County. He talked about seed sizes, colors, etc. He also had the kids plant those seeds. He came back periodically to talk and teach about the cotyledons and transplanting, which the kids ended up doing with their plants. Dan also did a few garden activities with his 4-H’ers.

Steve Sagaser worked with third graders in Grand Forks County and had six meetings throughout the summer. They had different vegetables planted in this garden. One set of third graders planted all the plants and the set of becoming third graders harvested the vegetables in the fall. The produce went on to becoming a part of the school menu. This allowed the kids to see farm to table and for the school staff to utilize fresh produce.

Katelyn Hain had a Junior Master Gardener grant that she put to use in Nelson County. This grant went towards youth planting flower pots that were given to different businesses. She already has businesses interested in getting flower pots next year.

Bill Hodous of Ramsey County had a group of kids’ plant ten trees each on and around the dike area of Devils Lake. The plan is to come back in two years and see what did and didn’t work.

Todd Weinmann and Kelcey Hoffman of Cass County did a cattle manure composting program. This allowed the kids a chance for hands on learning. Also, they were able to learn about the process of going from farm to table. Todd has also talked about the small fruit orchard grants.

Calla Jarboe, Ag agent in training in Oliver County, talked about how she is doing a presentation at the Lake Feeder Show.

Kelsie Egeland of Emmons County worked with Mary Berg on a Junior Master Gardener Day Camp. This encompassed sessions on composting, healthy snack made from fruit and veggies, information on honey bees and information on insects. There were thirteen kids (age range of 3-6 graders) that attended the day camp.

Todd talked about the importance and need for applying for different awards. It’s very easy and you can use your impact report for applying process. He really pushed the good that awards do and wanted more people to apply for them.

Steve added that you can either nominate yourself or someone else. It is good to get some recognition.

Steve proceeded to ask how people liked the weekly horticulture call and if it was still needed. He expressed his opinion of the importance of it but wondered if there was a different date or time that would allow for a greater attendance. Most agents really wanted to participate in every weekly meeting but things came up and they became busy. He talked about possibly making it more of a priority.

Todd asked if someone had asked Tom Kalb to join NDAAEA. Steve has and hasn’t gotten a great response back.

What would we like to see in the upcoming year?

Dan Folske wants to continue doing the weekly horticulture calls and mentioned that we could apply for the awards this coming year.

Katelyn had concerns about the Spring Garden Forum attendance. Dan said to increase attendance we need to add a hands on portion to the training. Kelsie voiced that some people are going more to an online version like the background cattle workshop. Bill was concerned as well. He was wondering: How do we get that back? Todd was saying that you will have people that will attend and that won’t attend. Adding a hands on portion will help.

Bill mentioned that people don’t have one on one connection to the agents anymore – this would also be a chance for them to ask questions. Todd told him to bring it up at the Horticulture Planning team meeting. Can we bring something to the public to get the attendance like we do for the weekly horticulture calls?

Calla didn’t have anything to bring to next year.

Jesse said he doesn’t have much to add. He will try harder to attend the weekly hort. calls next year.

Kelsie asked about getting specialists to areas around the state. Todd and Steve talked about talking directly to the specialist and that they do come around to other areas.

Steve and Todd talked about nominating a chair and co-chair for the committee. Steve nominated Katelyn as co-chair and Dan as chair. They accepted the nominations so Dan is chair and Katelyn is co-chair for 2015.

Steve and Todd told us not to hesitate to call with any questions!

Submitted by: Kelsie Egeland, Emmons County

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