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January 9, 2012 Agricultural Column


Wow, WOw and WOW!!!  The wow’s are to represent the happenings over the last week.  The first wow signifies the absolutely beautiful weather we have been having.  Some might say that we will pay for it later and that might be the case; however this extremely nice weather has already shortened the long winter months that we normally get.  You might say that we “should” be looking at only 2 months of colder weather rather than a more typical 3-4 months. 

The second “wow” represents the “Bison” football team and game.  I was so confident going into this game that some might say I was cocky but after watching the last Bison football game, three weeks ago’ and the domination they had on both sides of the ball, I was very confident on a NDSU win.  Just think of national exposure and how that exposure will affect North Dakota State University.  The national exposure, the hard working athletes, the capabilities of a coaching staff and the following the Bison football team had was astounding.  It is absolutely unbelievable to see the pride we, as North Dakotans, in our state.  I intentionally bought a Grand Forks Herald on Sunday to see how North Dakota fans would show respect and again I was in awe.  I know that each university has it’s own pride but once the game started I would be willing to bet that a very large percentage of fan support were cheering for the North Dakota State Bison.  Go BISON!!!

The third “wow” was for Lake Region Extension Roundup.  What a great two days we had last week.  The weather was too nice but it did not keep you from coming to learn more about keeping your business moving to the future.  Typically, nice weather means a lower attendance and the first day did not see that happen, in fact judging by the meal count I would say the first day attendance surpassed last years’ record.  The second day found fewer producers, less than last years second day.  This could be for many reasons but the main reason was the weather and the second reason could likely be to the close proximity to the New Year.  I still projected that nearly 1100 people attended the two day event.  The programming was very good, the new format of serving went very well and all those that helped was even more impressive.  I would like to thank all of you that made the Lake Region Roundup the success that it has become.  The word is really getting out as I talked to producers from Bismarck, Jamestown, Hillsboro, Bottineau and from Pembina, meaning we covered a lot of square miles with our programming.  A big thank you goes to the people that organize the event.  Each year county extension agents from the north eastern part of the state meet, in October, to discuss topics that affected their area.  We also ask for hot topics from NDSU Extension specialists and thus the program.  The extension agents from my MPU unit all work as a great team in making this program work.  They do the emceeing, check on lights and projectors and help with any other duties I ask for help in doing.  Thank You to all of you.

Almost lastly, Lake Region Extension Roundup has been growing in popularity due to all of our sponsors.  Without their support the show would not be what it is today.  Our sponsors make sure you are fed good and keep coffee available for you during the day.

Lastly, I have to say a great, great big thank you to Cindy Olson.  She is the one that keeps all of us organized.  Cindy organizes the booth people, orders the food, is the in charge person of the day to day kitchen activities of Roundup, does a lot of the mailing for all of the counties, helps proof read materials for publication and most of all keeps me organized during this busy time.  Thanks, for all that you do Cindy.   


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