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NDSU Extension Teams Honored for Program Excellence

Extension teams were recognized for their programs in nutrition education and grazing readiness.

Two North Dakota State University Extension teams have been honored for their work with a Program Excellence Award.

The teams received their awards during the joint NDSU Extension and Research Extension Center conference Oct. 22-24 in West Fargo, N.D. The honors included cash awards sponsored by Farm and Ranch Guide.

Forks’ Well Fed

When low-income families learn skills to stretch their food dollars, increase produce consumption and engage in activities that give back to other food insecure people, all areas of their lives are impacted. The Forks’ Well Fed program teaches participants in Grand Forks County to make good use of veggies and fruits, reduce food waste and save money.

Team members: Molly Soeby - Extension Agent, Family and Community Wellness – Grand Forks County; Linda Kuster - Nutrition Education Assistant, Family Nutrition Program – Grand Forks County; Jean Noland - retired Extension nutrition education agent – Grand Forks County, Megan Hruby - SNAP Education, University of Minnesota Extension; Caryl and Ben Lester - Stable Days Youth Ranch and Town Square Farmers' Market; Nikki Johnson, NDSU Extension Community Health and Nutrition Specialist; Linda Hammen, Extension Office Administrator - Grand Forks County; Brooke Riendeau - Profile by Sanford; Marty Jackson - University of North Dakota graduate intern; Katie Skarda and Emily Joerger - UND interns; Kacey Morgan - NDSU intern; Alana Ivers - South Dakota State University intern

Gearing Up for Grazing

The Gearing Up for Grazing program is a hands-on monitoring program to observe grazing readiness and encourage producers to select a grazing start date based on plant development, improving the quality of grassland ecosystems. The Gearing Up for Grazing program increased Extension agents' capacity to engage with producers about grazing readiness, increasing producers' understanding of grazing readiness, resulting in several producers expressing intent to change and 25 producers changing how they selected their grazing start date.

Team members: Crystal Schaunaman, Craig Askim, Sheldon Gerhardt, Hannah Nordby, Rick Schmidt, Lindsay Maddock, Lindy Berg, Rachel Wald, Miranda Meehan, Calla Edwards, Shelby Hewson, Yolanda Schmidt, Devan Leo, Tessa Keller Osterbauer, Paige Brummund, Greg Benz, Nicole Wardner, Penny Nester, Kevin Sedivec, Katelyn Hain, Katie Wirt - formerly Grant County, Erin Gaugler, Kelcey Hoffmann - formerly Cass County, Morgan Wisness - formerly McKenzie County, and Marissa Leier - formerly Morton County.

In the photos, Roxanne Meyer, left, Farm and Ranch Guide eastern sales representative in Fargo, and Greg Lardy, NDSU Extension interim director, are presenting the certificates.

Individual photos of grazing winners (identified by last name and county) are at http://bit.ly/2019ProExcellenceAwards. Cutline for the group photo is at https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/conferences/extension-program-excellence-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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