ND Joint Council of Extension Professionals


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October 2018

North Dakota Joint Council of Extension Professionals
October 25, 2018
Bismarck, Radisson Hotel

Attendance:  ESP President, Ken Hellevang; ESP Past President, Brad Brummond; ESP President Elect, Greg Endres; NDAAEA President, Alicia Harstad; NDAAEA Past President, Craig Askim; NDAAEA President Elect, Paige Brummund;  NDAE4-HYW President, Karla Meikle; NDAE4-HYW Past President, Dena Kemmet; NDAFCW President, Julie Garden-Robinson, NDAFCW President Elect, Kayla Carlson and Interim Extension Director, Greg Lardy.

Craig Askim opened the meeting.

Dr. Lardy gave a brief update on the Extension budget. There is carryover available in the Smith- Lever funds. There are several Extension agent openings on the county level. Many of these counties want to fill the positions, but a few are reviewing the need. Greg Lardy and the ELT are screening the open positions to see which counties have the greatest needs. The Dickinson Research Center half-time director position will not be filled. Informational material on working with Citizen Advisory Boards and how to talk to your local legislative officials will be sent to county offices. The North Dakota Association of Counties has given Extension full support.

  • Agent Titles – Changes in titles went into effect with agents reporting not much change in office functions or from the public. Everyone is working to make the title change more visible. The hardest part is making sure letterhead etc. is correct.
  • Professional Development Funds – The goal is to keep the funding level the same as 2018.
  • PILD Update – ESP has scholarships available. The idea is to rotate between associations for members to attend with two associations represented one year and the other two associations the following year.
  • Program of Excellence Awards Review –Things went ok for the first year. The scoresheets on the applications were reviewed and updated. Kim Ruliffson was thanked for her leadership on this project. The award process will be reviewed for 2019. Ideas were given for awarding large and small group divisions. The awards process should be started earlier next year.
  • Association Reports –Association representatives stated that membership numbers are decreasing and new agents should be encouraged to join. Information about the associations should be developed and given to new staff at orientation.

With no other business, Dena Kemmet moved to adjourn, seconded by Kayla Carlson. Motion carried.

Submitted by: Craig Askim, JCEP President

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