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NDSU Extension Honorary Organization Presents Awards

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Terry Traynor, North Dakota Association of Counties Terry Traynor, North Dakota Association of Counties
Chad Peterson, North Dakota County Commissioners Association Chad Peterson, North Dakota County Commissioners Association
Tom Knudsen, Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative Tom Knudsen, Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative
Robbi Hopkins Robbi Hopkins
Angie Johnson Angie Johnson
Meagan Scott Hoffman Meagan Scott Hoffman
Marcia Hellandsaas Marcia Hellandsaas
Julie Garden-Robinson Julie Garden-Robinson
Marie Hvidsten Marie Hvidsten
North Dakota Soil and Water Conservation Leadership Academy: (L to R) Andrea Bowman, Katelyn Hain, Marie Hvidsten, Bruce Schmidt, Lynette Flage, Jodi Bruns North Dakota Soil and Water Conservation Leadership Academy: (L to R) Andrea Bowman, Katelyn Hain, Marie Hvidsten, Bruce Schmidt, Lynette Flage, Jodi Bruns
Individuals were honored for their support of and service to NDSU Extension.

Epsilon Sigma Phi, the NDSU Extension honorary organization, presented awards during the North Dakota State University Extension/Research Extension Center fall conference held Oct. 22-24 in Fargo.

Honored were:

Friends of Extension

  • North Dakota Association of Counties (NDACo) and North Dakota County Commissioners Association (NDCCA) -- After experiencing a reduction in state funding for NDSU Extension, NDACo and NDCCA were instrumental in the legislature restoring state funding to 2017 levels.
  • Tom Knudsen, retired vice president of agriculture at Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative in Wahpeton -- Throughout his career, Knudsen supported NDSU Extension by collaborating with faculty and encouraging sugarbeet growers to participate in Extension seminars, research tours and meetings.
  • The Farm Forum – This Aberdeen, S.D.–based publication prints many NDSU Extension news releases and columns plus encourages writers to participate in and cover NDSU Extension programs.

Meritorious Support Service Award -- Robbi Hopkins, administrative assistant, NDSU Extension - Ransom County

Early Career Service -- Angie Johnson, Extension agent, Agriculture and Natural Resources – Steele County

Mid-Career Service -- Meagan Scott Hoffman, assistant professor and youth development specialist, Center for 4-H Youth Development

Distinguished Service -- Marcia Hellandsaas, Extension agent, Family and Community Wellness, McKenzie County

Visionary Leadership -- Julie Garden-Robinson, professor and NDSU Extension food and nutrition specialist

International Service -- Marie Hvidsten, Rural Leadership North Dakota program director and NDSU Extension rural leadership specialist

Distinguished Team -- North Dakota Soil and Water Conservation Leadership Academy: Bruce Schmidt, Andrea Bowman, Jodi Bruns, Lynette Flage, Marie Hvidsten, Katelyn Hain and Jim Collins


Greg Endres, NDSU Extension cropping systems specialist and ESP president-elect, presented the awards.

NDSU Agriculture Communication – Oct. 25, 2019

Source:Becky Koch, 701-231-7875, becky.koch@ndsu.edu
Editor:Kelli Anderson, 701-231-6136. kelli.c.anderson@ndsu.edu
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