NDSU Extension - Nelson County


Nelson County Extension Service

Nelson County Courthouse

210 B. Ave W. Suite 101

Lakota, ND 58344

Office Hours:  Monday - Friday 


Phone: (701)247-2521

Fax: (701)247-2412

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Meet the Staff

Katelyn Hain | Extension Agent


Katelyn joined NDSU Nelson County Extension in December 2014 as the full time Agriculture and Natural Resources Agent.  She graduated from University of Wisconsin- Stout in 2013 with a Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Science and a concentration in Plant Science. In 2016, she obtained her North Dakota Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) certificate. Katelyn is a native to Southeast Minnesota. She has been working with Cooperative Extension since 2012 serving as an Americorps Member with UW-Extension in Dunn County, Wisconsin; later moving to an Agent-In-Training position in Walsh County, ND in March 2014.  Katelyn is responsible for educational programs in soil management, pesticide certification, agronomy and crop production, horticulture, range, pasture and livestock management, 4-H, and community and youth development.  She also has administrative duties in the Extension Office. 

Programming Areas:  

  • Cropping Systems- information on all program areas related to crop production and agronomy.  This includes soil management, pest management and weed control, cover crops, seed rates and rotations among other topics.
  • Horticulture- information on a variety of home and commercial horticulture programs.  This varies from Farmer's markets and home gardens, to greenhouse or high tunnel management to native grasses and wildflowers of North Dakota. 
  • Livestock Management - provide resources in livestock and range/pasture management. This includes feed/bale sampling, rations, range/pasture plant inventory or restoration as well as animal nutrition, reproduction and general husbandry. 
  • Marketing - can offer assistance in Crop and Agriculture marketing clubs in Nelson County which includes educational programs. 
  • 4-H - information on 4-H in Nelson County.  Katelyn works with 4-H club leaders, members, and volunteers to provide youth with leadership experience and hands-on learning, building traditional and modern club programs and ideas. 


Kristi Berdal | Extension AgentKristi Berdal


Kristi serves as the Family and Community Wellness Extension Agent. She serves both Nelson County and Steele County with a 0.7 full-time employee status. She also has 4-H programming responsibilities. Kristi is in Nelson County with over 25 years of Extension Experience. 

Courthouse, 210 B Ave W, Suite 101 Lakota, ND 58344
Phone: (701) 247-2521 Fax: (701) 247-2412
Steele County Family Science Agent/Human Development 
Courthouse, 201 Washington Ave, PO Box 316, Finley, ND 56230
Phone (701) 524-2253

Kristen Blasey | Administrative Assistant

Kristen serves as a part-time administrative assistant or support staff in the Nelson County Extension Office. She provides support for programing done by Katelyn and Kristi and also provides support with office duties. 

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