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Governor Dalrymple proclaims January 15, 2015 Rural Leadership North Dakota Day

Members of RLND Class VI, the RLND Council and RLND alumni joined Governor Dalrymple at the Capital on the first Rural Leadership North Dakota day.

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Ward County Leadership Workshop held in Minot

Twenty-one participants came together on April 3rd at the North Central Research Extension Center in Minot for the RLND Ward County Community Leadership Workshop on Working Together to Improve Quality of Life. The workshop was organized through the Ward County Extension Office Staff and the Rural Leadership North Dakota (RLND) Program.

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RLND Alumni Association Legislative Social & Professional Development Seminar January 10-11, 2013

The RLND Alumni Association (AA) is sponsoring several events January 10 and 11, 2013 in Bismarck for RLND Alumni and RLND Class V participants. Events include the RLND AA Legislative Social from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. January 10th at the Kelly Inn, panel discussion on moving leadership ahead, RLND business meeting, luncheon with Class V participants and a presentation by Jodee Bock on January 11th.

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RLND Hettinger Seminar Update

RLND Class V participants recently met in Hettinger, North Dakota for their sixth RLND Seminar, “Exploring the Relationship Between Agriculture, Communities and Natural Resources”.

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Updated RLND Website – Check us out!

The Rural Leadership North Dakota (RLND) website has a new look and feel. The homepage will feature posts about various RLND program events as well as leadership ideas, quotes and resources.

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RLND Class V in Brazil January 23 - February 1

Participants from RLND Class V will be traveling to Brazil January 23 – February 1st. Several RLND Alumni will be joining Class V participants over the ten-day seminar. Participants will visit Brasilia to learn about trade relations and national politics. Participants will spend four days in the Mato Grosso state learning about production and animal agriculture practices, domestic food policies, water issues as well as experience the Cuiaba Farmers Market. The last two days will be spent in Rio learning about the Brazilian culture and customs. Daily updates from Brazil will be posted on the RLND website.

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RLND Seminar #7 Update

Attached is the update from our “Understanding North Dakota Ag and Rural Policies” seminar recently held in Bismarck. The Bismarck Seminar is the seventh of ten seminars Class V participants will experience in their 18-month RLND experience. Thank you for your continued interest and support of the RLND Program.

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RLND Class V in Brasilia, Brazil

Class V arrives in Brasilia, Brazil

After some complications state side, we landed in Brazilia Thursday morning a few minutes early. It was approximately 8:30 am local time which is 4 hours earlier than CT and 5 hours earlier than MT. We boarded a charter bus, met our guides and toured Brazil's national capital today.

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Bom Futuro

Class V visits Bom Futuro

Day 6 in Brazil continued in Cuiaba in Mato Grosso state. We took a scenic drive to the Bom Futuro farm. Along the way were very picturesque scenes of plateaus and fields. We learned about the large soybean farm we were about to visit, but no one was prepared for the massive size and diversity of the operation.

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Famato

Famato

Day 7 Cuiaba, Mato Grosso, Brazil Early meeting with Famato which is the Brazilian equivalent of Farm Bureau. Their representatives provided us information about agriculture in the state of Mato Grosso. Mato Grosso is the third largest state. They produce 24% of the Brazilian soybean crop and 2% of the worlds soybeans. Within Brazil they are also number 1 in cattle, cotton, 2nd crop corn, and sunflower. In 2012, because of the drought in the US and a bumber crop in Mato Grosso, they produced 9% of the world crop. They currently produce 19% of the Brazilian corn crop and rapid adaptation of technology could push that to 50%. They also produce 50% of the Brazilian cotton crop.

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NDSU’s Rural Leadership Program Seeking Class VI

The North Dakota State University Extension Service’s Rural Leadership North Dakota program is recruiting for its sixth class, which starts in November. Rural Leadership North Dakota (RLND) is an 18-month leadership development program for anyone who wants to learn how to help improve his or her organization, business, farm or ranch operation, or community.

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RLND Seminar 9 Update

RLND recently held in Minot the ninth of ten seminars that RLND Class V will experience. Attached is the update from our “Economic Development and Leadership” seminar. Thank you for your continued interest and support of the RLND Program. Remember, applications are now being accepted for Class VI!

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RLND Seminar 10 Update

The community of Watford City, ND served as a great example for the theme of the tenth Class V seminar, Leading in a Changing World.

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NDSU Rural Leadership N.D. Program Selects 6th Class

Farmers, ranchers, business owners, an occupational therapist, clinic operations director, marketing and workforce developer, loan officer and pastor are among the members of the North Dakota State University Extension Service’s sixth Rural Leadership North Dakota class.

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RLND Class V Graduation Gala

The graduation gala honoring Rural Leadership North Dakota (RLND) Class V participants on their completion of the 2011 -2013 RLND program was held Friday, November 22, 2013 at the Ramada Bismarck Hotel in Bismarck. The evening started with a live auction with Daryl Lies, Class V member, as the auctioneer. Gala attendees were generous as they bid on the five live auction items. Part of the funds from the live and silent auction were given to the RLND Alumni Association. Auction funds also supported the cost of a Class V perspective video and a RLND Program video.

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RLND Orientation Seminar

Members of RLND Class VI (2013-15) gathered for their Orientation Seminar November 21-23, 2013 in Bismarck. The 20 participants started their RLND experience by meeting each other and meeting spouses/significant others of class VI participants over lunch.

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Park River Seminar #2

Participants of Rural Leadership North Dakota’s Class VI (2013-15) met in Park River for their second seminar on January 9-11, 2014. This event marked the first time that a RLND seminar has been held in Walsh County.

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Agriculture’s Future In North Dakota Seminar

RLND Class VI participants held their third seminar, “Agriculture’s Future in North Dakota”, February 6-8 in Fargo. The seminar began with a tour of the NDSU greenhouse where the group was able to see a variety of crops in various stages of research. Class VI participants had the exclusive opportunity to see a new area within the greenhouse that will be a closed environment for plant research.

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Regional Agriculture and Rural Issues Seminar

Members of RLND Class VI recently attended the “Regional Agriculture and Rural Issues Seminar” June 24-27th in Minneapolis, MN. This seminar was the fifth of ten seminars Class VI participants will experience.

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Exploring the Relationships between Agriculture, Communities, and Natural Resources

Class VI had the opportunity to explore the Western part of the state for Seminar Six and gained insightful knowledge on relationships between agriculture, natural resources, and communities. We began on Thursday November 13th in Williston with a Community Capitals Presentation by Kathy Tweeten.

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Listening – A Critical Skill Workshop for RLND Alumni

Effective leadership demands honed communication skills. The focus of much of our education and business world is writing, speaking and presenting. Listening is mostly ignored! Attend the Listening – A Critical Skill Workshop on January 16th and hone your listening skills as you network with fellow RLND Alumni. Mel Nelson, Executive Management Systems CEO, will be the presenter.

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RLND Class VI International Seminar to Costa Rica/Panama

Rural Leadership North Dakota (RLND) Class VI participants recently experienced a 10-day study tour in Costa Rica and Panama learning about the country’s agriculture, trade and culture. The 17 participants flew into San Jose where they met their Costa Rican guide, Vinicio. The group’s first experience was a walking tour of San Jose, the capitol of Costa Rica. San Jose is an old city dating back to the middle of the 16th century. The group had lunch at a local restaurant and had their first of many meals with rice and beans.

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RLND Seeking Participants for 7th Class

If you want to improve your farm or ranch operation, business, organization or community and develop your personal skills, the North Dakota State University Extension Service’s Rural Leadership North Dakota program can help. Rural Leadership North Dakota (RLND) is looking for participants for its seventh class, which begins in November.

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RLND Chooses Class VII!!

Rural Leadership North Dakota's seventh class includes farmers, a swine operation manager, business owners, city officials, a dental hygienist, college and bank personnel, a museum director, credit analyst and biologist.

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RLND Class VI Graduation Gala

The graduation gala honoring Rural Leadership North Dakota (RLND) Class VI participants on their completion of the 2013-2015 RLND Program was held Friday, November 20th at the Heritage Center in Bismarck.

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RLND Class VII Orientation Seminar

Members of RLND Class VII (2015-2017) gathered for their Orientation Seminar November 19-21, 2015 in Bismarck. The 29 participants started their RLND experience by meeting each other and meeting spouses/significant others of Class VII participants. The 29 participants in Class VII is the largest RLND Class in the 12 year history of the RLND Program!

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Class VII attends Seminar Two in Minot, ND

While attending their second seminar RLND Class VII visited the Minot Scandinavian Center

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RLND Class VII Examines Agriculture's Future In North Dakota

The third RLND Class VII Seminar was jam-packed with speakers, tours and experiences that class VII participants won't soon forget. The seminar theme was Agriculture's Future in North Dakota and focused on diversity in agriculture.

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Where are they now? Chet Hill, Class IV

While in RLND I was an Area Extension Specialist in Ag Diversification at the Williston Research Extension Center. After 22+ years working for the Extension Service (14 yrs with NDSU and 8 years as a County Agent in Montana) I decided to try something new. In March of 2015, I became an agronomist for Hefty Seed in Sidney MT. I wanted to try the private sector and become more engaged with the farmers' decision making process in crop production.

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Tackling National Trends in Agriculture and Rural Issues

In just over a week, Class VII participants will be embarking on a great journey to our nation’s capitol to discover more about national trends in agriculture and rural issues. For some, this may be their first airplane flight and for others a return trip to learn more. No matter their past experience, the Washington, D.C. Seminar is sure to expand knowledge on national organizations, governmental operations, and much more.

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Rural Leadership North Dakota’s relationship to your company

Leadership development initiatives today typically offer performance support and real world application of skills through such methods as training programs, coaching and mentoring, action learning, and developmental assignments. Rural Leadership North Dakota combines instruction with travel experience, unfamiliar settings and timely topics, all of which help participants gain crucial skills and allows them to attack relevant, real-time issues. The goal of leadership development ultimately involves both knowledge and action. Our program provides individuals the opportunity to engage, learn and do throughout the length of the program.

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Sakakawea

RLND Class VII and the Sakakawea statue at the Capitol Hill Visitors Center

Sakakawea or Sacajawea, was a Lemhi Shoshone woman who helped the Lewis and Clark Expedition achieve each of its chartered mission objectives exploring the Louisiana Purchase. With the expedition, between 1804 and 1806, she traveled thousands of miles from North Dakota to the Pacific Ocean, established cultural contacts with Native American populations, and researched natural history.

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Royal Thai Embassy visit for RLND Class VII participants

RLND Class VII will be traveling to Vietnam and Thailand February 2017 for their international seminar. In preparation for that trip, RLND Class VII participants visited the Royal Thai Embassy during their Washington DC Seminar March 14-19th to learn about Thailand, their culture and people.

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RLND Class VII visits Minneapolis to learn about regional agriculture and community issues

RLND Class VII participants concluded their first year of their RLND experience with a final seminar held in Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN; June 21st-24th. Participants studied the cooperative business model, components of a healthy community, and financial resources available to rural areas for agriculture and communities. They also continued their program long study of food systems.

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Seminar 6 – Exploring the Relationship between Agriculture, Communities and Natural Resources.

Seminar six for RLND Class VII found us fighting our first winter storm of the season. They say effective leaders are able to adapt, and adapt we did. The theme of the Dickinson seminar was “Exploring the relationships between Agriculture, Communities and Natural Resources.”

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Rural Leadership North Dakota Day

By proclamation of the Governor of the State of North Dakota, January 12, 2017 has been proclaimed Rural Leadership North Dakota Day!

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RLND Class V I I Seminar Seven — Bismarck, ND

RLND Class VII participants retuned to Bismarck for seminar seven, “Understanding North Dakota Ag and Rural Policies”.

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International Seminar to Thailand and Vietnam

Rural Leadership North Dakota (RLND) Class VII participants recently experienced a 12 day study tour of Thailand and Vietnam where they learned about the country’s agriculture, people, communities and culture.

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RLND Class VII at Conoco

Economic Development and Leadership-RLND Class VII Seminar Nine

Rural Leadership North Dakota (RLND) Class VII participants recently gathered in Watford City for their Economic Development and Leadership Seminar.

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RLND Class V I I Seminar Ten — Leading in a Changing World

RLND Class VII began its 10th and final seminar in the beautiful Turtle Mountains on June 28, 2017. The site chosen for the start of seminar ten was Annie’s House located at the Bottineau Winter Park. The beautiful facility was built in 2012 on the 11th anniversary of the 911 World Trade Center attacks. The facility is named after Ann Nelson who was North Dakota’s only resident killed on that tragic day.

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