E XTENSION H IGHLIGHTS
Richland County Extension eight people on a waiting list for next year!
418 2nd Ave N, Wahpeton ND
701-642-7793 www.ag.ndsu.edu/county/richland The January 25 program was presented by
Colleen Svingen, Richland County Extension
CROPPING SYSTEMS Agent, entitled Real Colors. This program
Dale L. Siebert, Extension Agent determines your personality profile and helps
you to understand the differences between
AG DAY January 5 different personality types and how to
The annual Richland County Ag Day was held interact and work with them. This is an
on January 5, 2007 in Mantador ND. The Ag enthusiastic group and I look forward to
Day program included Corn Marketing Update working with them over the winter.
by Pat Pithey, Grain Merchandiser from
Cargill; Corn Rootworm Update by Jan Knodle, MARKET CLUBS
NDSU Extension Entomologist; Herbicide The Lidgerwood and Mooreton Market Clubs
Resistance Issues by Richard Zollinger, NDSU each met twice during the month of January.
Extension Weed Control Specialist; and an I assisted them with developing market plans
Update on Bio-diesel by the North Dakota for 2007 based on the current economic and
Soybean Council. Elections were also held for market information. The Lidgerwood Club has
county representatives on the ND Soybean requested information on balance sheets and
Council and the ND Corn Council with Scott cash flows which will be presented to them in
Gauslow of Colfax elected as the Soybean February. Attendance at both clubs continues
Council Representative and Deb Podliska, to be very good.
Lidgerwood, elected as the Corn Council
Representative from Richland County. The HOME AND GARDEN SHOW PLANNING
annual meetings of the Crop Improvement I met with the Garden Club volunteers and
Association and Richland County Corn Growers representatives of the Wahpeton-Breckenridge
were also held that day. There were 55 Chamber of Commerce to plan the program for
interested farmers in attendance at the our annual Home and Garden Show on March
program. 24. We are currently securing speakers and
programs for the day long event.
Annie’s Project, a six-week farm financial CONTINUING EDUCATION
program for farm women, got underway As a certified crop advisor it is necessary to
Thursday evening, January 25. This program is obtain a certain number of continuing
being offered at 14 different locations in education credits each year. On January 16 I
North Dakota this winter. In Wahpeton the attended the Wide World of Weeds Program in
program is being offered at NDSCS through a Fargo. This program is sponsored by the Weed
partnership with the Adult Farm Management Science Department at NDSU and presents an
Program. Through this partnership we are update on the various weed control research
able to use and access the facilities at NDSCS projects currently conducted at NDSU. Some
at no charge. Due to classroom space, of the research is done in Richland County
limitations on class size was 20 people and we which makes it pertinent to the area.
were able fill the program with an additional
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On January 17 I attended the Soil and Water Denver the first week in January! The pictures
Workshop held in Fargo, again for continuing are witnesses to the fact that the team did an
education credits with updates on soil and outstanding job representing our county and
water research being conducted by the Soils state. I would like to take this opportunity to
Department at NDSU. thank everyone who supported the team with
financial contributions and their best wishes.
NUTRITION, FOOD SAFETY &
Colleen M. Svingen, Extension Agent
Consumer Decision Making Contest
Second Place in Individual Reasons:
Fifth Place in Individual Placings:
Team Awards: MARKETPLACE FOR ENTREPRENEURS
Fifth Place: Team Reasons I attended Marketplace for Entrepreneurs in
Fifth Place: Group Think Fargo with a couple members of the whole
white wheat group. Marketplace forces me to
expand my thinking and provides opportunities
for me to network with other professionals
working to develop our state’s economy and
rise or maintain our standard of living.
I had the privilege to teach Real Colors at the
kick off session of Annie’s Project. The Real
Colors program is a three-hour temperament
theory training that provides insight into
human behavior. Participants learn to
recognize, accept and value differences in
others. The Color’s theory is a fun and
practical tool that is easy to apply to real-life
Team - Megan Weber, Lara Lekang, Nicholas WEBEX UPDATES
Weber, Joe Lepp, Coach - Karen Weber Beginning in January, the Family Consumer
We were very happy to have our Richland Science campus specialists started to provide
County Consumer Choice Team qualify to monthly subject matter updates via an inter-
attend the Western National Roundup in active video network (IVN). Beginning in April,
Extension administration and the Agriculture
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Communications Department hope to provide women attending parenting enrichment
the training by Webex and everyone will be classes. The self testimonies of the mothers
able to attend right at their computer. This is indicated that they had made some changes in
an excellent way for field staff to get the their families’ food intake creating some
latest and best research enabling us to behavior modifications for their families as a
disseminate the information to our county result of their attendance at the first class.
clients. They indicted that they implemented new
food safety tips into their daily food
4-H COUNTY CLUB preparation routine. It was fun to present to a
I am happy to report that our 4-H County Club group dedicated to enhancing family life.
continues to expand its membership and
activities. This 4-H County Club was BIRTHDAY
established for anyone in the county that I was reminded once again of the great
wishes to participate in a 4-H club but hadn’t Extension support staff we enjoy and often
found a club in their area or would like to take for granted on my milestone birthday.
start a club in their home area, but wanted to Deb and Brenda are outstanding in their
learn more about 4-H before starting their abilities and talents, but they also enjoy a
own club. good laugh. They along with the help of
coworkers and volunteers reminded me that I
I was at their January meeting giving a have a great job! Thanks to everyone for an
demonstration on how to and how not to do a unusually good day!
demonstration or illustrated talk! It was a fun
presentation to deliver and it is always FNP
entertaining to interact with the members and Pamela Leino-Mills, Extension
the families of 4-H clubs. Agent
SPRING CONFERENCE AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
I was chosen to be on the planning committee During January, I conducted 14 classes for the
for the 2007 Extension Spring Conference. I After School Programs in Lidgerwood,
have to admit I didn’t feel like I had won a Hankinson, and Fairmount schools. The
small lottery when I received the email from children in these programs are active and
the Extension Director’s office asking me to eager to learn about food preparation. They
join the planning committee! (I know that have some good stories to tell about how they
serving on any committee is an additional have surprised their families by preparing
time commitment.) It has already proven to snacks, and even supper for them. I have set
be a fun and energizing experience. Serving on up classes for the Circle of Nations After
a state wide multi-discipline committee is an School Program, called After School Kids
excellent opportunity to interact with staff (ASK), for February and March. These classes
that I wouldn’t normally have the chance to will be conducted in the three dorms on the
and to have input in the conference agenda. CNS campus. Beginning in February, I will also
be teaching two classes a month in the
MOTHERS OF PRE-SCHOOLERS Lidgerwood 2nd grade class room.
I presented a second class, What Color is your
Food?, to the Mothers of Pre-Schoolers (MOPS) MENU PLANNING, ETC.
group at Faith Evangelical Free Church. MOPS Public Health and Social Services continue to
is a non-denominational group of young refer customers to me for menu planning, food
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budgeting, and/or food safety. I have had Current scores are available on our website
several sessions with people who wanted to www.ag.ndsu.edu/county/richland under 21st
work on one or all three of the above. CCLC.
COMMITTEES ROBO GEEKS
I continue to be an active member, and Our Fairmount Robo Geeks traveled to Grand
minute’s taker, of the Aging Coalition Forks for the First Lego League Tournament on
Committee of Richland/Wilkin County. We are January 27. Despite the cold and icy roads,
in the midst of planning for the spring Senior our team made it up there in time for the
Extravaganza. This year I am also part of the tournament start. Mrs. Luick reported the
Go Red Committee, planning the Go Red event team did very well, though experiencing some
for women’s heart health. trouble with the robot. Our team got 1st in
Technical Completion and Landon Luick was
21st CENTURY COMMUNITY named Mentor Volunteer of the Year. Check
out our website for additional information and
LEARNING CENTERS pictures. We would like to thank Yolanda for
Adrian Biewer, Extension Agent, another great year of Robotics Club.
The winter months have been
busy in our afterschool program. Colleen
Svingen, our Family Consumer Science Agent
and Deb Evenson, our administrative assistant,
have completed the fleece pillow sewing
projects in all the sites. The project took
three nights to complete. In all, 52 students
and 4-Her’s enjoyed the project. These ladies
put in over 85 hours in site time not to
mention the driving and prep time involved. I
would like to thank them for that effort on
behalf of the program.
My time was spent applying for grants and
conducting the air-gun tournament. We have
SHOOTING SPORTS applied with 4 other partners to become an
Shooting Sports heated up in January and Americorp Program in Richland County.
February with tournament action in full swing. Wahpeton Parks and Recreation Department,
Fairmount has jumped out to a quick lead with Hankinson American Legion, Hankinson School,
all shooters on the team having excellent and Wyndmere School, along with the
results. Alyssa Adams from Abercrombie has afterschool program applied for the grant. If
the highest score for one position with a successful, the grant will leverage funds for
record score of 90. Many shooters are close volunteers to help in areas of education and
and chasing the individual champion trophy. In environment in the county.
early March, we will crown the Richland
County Champion team and individual shooter.
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Richland County Extension
418 2nd Ave N
Wahpeton ND 58075
City, ST ZIP Code