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NDSU extension experts shine at national agricultural conference
North Dakota Ag Connection - 11/16/2023

The National Association of County Agricultural Agents conference in Ames, Iowa, was a notable event for North Dakota State University Extension agents and specialists. They were honored for their outstanding work in various agricultural fields.

Among those receiving national awards were:

• Rick Schmidt, an Extension agent in Oliver County, received the National Distinguished Service Award for his significant contributions to agriculture and youth development. Schmidt's work in livestock and farm safety camps and the application of new technology practices in his own crop and livestock operation has made a significant impact.

• Anitha Chirumamilla, Extension cropping systems specialist at NDSU Langdon Research Extension Center, was awarded the National Achievement Award for her significant contributions in field crop entomology, educational programs, and leading an important pest management survey project in less than ten years.

Other NDSU Extension personnel recognized include:

• Gregory Endres, national finalist for his research poster on winter rye as a cover crop for pinto bean production.

• Renae Gress, Extension agent in Morton County, won a state award for her Beef and Brews educational program.

• Travis Hoffman, Extension sheep specialist, state winner for his “Accelerated Breeding Program for Fall Lambing” fact sheet.

• Angie Johnson, farm and ranch safety coordinator, was a national finalist in 4-H and youth programming for her tractor certification program. She also earned recognition for her educational poster on hearing loss prevention and won a state award for her articles on haying season safety.

• Mohamed Khan, Extension assistant director, won a state award for his work in crop production, particularly in promoting CR+ cultivars for sugarbeet management.

• Jeff Stachler, Extension agent in Griggs County, was a regional winner for his informative agriculture newsletter.

These recognitions highlight the dedication and expertise of NDSU Extension personnel in enhancing agricultural practices and education. Their contributions continue to make a significant impact on the agricultural sector in North Dakota and beyond.

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