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County Agent

By Staff | Sep 16, 2012

During the months of September and October I will be traveling through the Pierce County countryside, collecting samples for the Fall Wheat Midge Soil Survey and annual Sunflower Survey. I will be the one driving a white Ford Expedition, and I will have treats with me, if you see me out in your field.

September 12, 2012, NDSU Extension Service soil health specialists will offer free soil salinity testing at Big Iron, West Fargo Fairgrounds. Limit 2-3 samples per producer. Sample size needed is 1 cup, and should be taken from the 0-6 inch range, dried by sitting on a sunny windowsill for several days, and brought to Big Iron in a Ziploc bag.

September 13, 2012, 5-7 p.m. Range Tour at Spickler Ranch, Glenfield, sponsored by Foster/Eddy County Extension. Register by contacting the Foster County Extension Office at 701-652-2581. No registration fee. Registration needed for meal count.

September 17-18 North Dakota Angus Tour, presented by the North Dakota Angus Association. Tour begins in Rugby. For more information or to register contact Nathan and Emily Spickler at 701-674-3169.

Greetings

Hello! My name is Yolanda Goodman and I am your new NDSU Extension Pierce County Agent. I am excited to be back in the great state of North Dakota and the area in which I grew up. Having grown up in the neighboring county, McHenry, I have had the opportunity to get to know some folks here in Pierce County over the years. Now that I am back in the area I look forward to reconnecting with those familiar faces and meeting all the new faces as well. I am also eager to learn about the needs and concerns of Pierce County residents as I reacquaint myself with the area and Pierce County. I invite you to stop by the office anytime to say hello, ask a question, or visit about kinds of Extension programming or activities you feel would be beneficial to Pierce County residents. I’d like to extend a heartfelt “Thank You” to those of you that have already stopped by the office to say hello and welcome me to Pierce County!

A Little About Me

I grew up on a small dairy farm southeast of Towner. When I was in grade school my parents began transitioning the dairy farm to the cow-calf operation that it is today. After high school I went on to attend North Dakota State University. I graduated from NDSU in May of 2002 with a B.S. in Animal Science and began work as a herdsman at a 400 head start-up dairy in Parshall. After the dairy changed ownership two years later, I moved back to Fargo with the intent of returning to school. My plans changed when I was offered a herdsman job at a 1200 cow dairy in Milbank, SD. I spent three years at the dairy in Milbank. While there, I participated in two herd expansions. During this time period I reconnected with, and eventually married my husband, Spencer, in 2006. (I say “reconnected” because we were once high school sweethearts and we did actually reconnect at a mutual friend’s wedding here in Rugby.) Spencer grew up in Upham. He continues to work for Riley Brother’s Construction of Morris, Minn. Currently he is working on projects in the Minot and Parshall areas.

In 2009 I was offered a teaching position at Lake Area Technical Institute, Watertown S.D., in the agriculture department developing curriculum and teaching core classes in both the Dairy and Large Animal Technician programs. During my time there, I also had the opportunity to become more familiar with agronomy practices related to the production of corn, soybeans, and wheat at the school’s demonstration farm. The school’s demonstration farm consisted of about 80 acres of cropland rented from area producers.

Since our long term goal has always been to get back to North Dakota eventually, we are both thrilled to be back in the area and close to family. I have greatly enjoyed my first four weeks as your new County Agent. I am very excited to get to know more of the residents of Pierce County and begin attending more community events. Some key areas that I am planning to focus on during my first year as your new County Agent are getting acquainted with the needs and issues affecting Pierce County residents, growing and developing the existing 4H program, and exploring the possibility of developing a community garden. In the near future I plan to have a Pierce County Extension Facebook page to facilitate the sharing of information. Plans are also being made to establish a County Extension website. I will continue to submit weekly articles to the Tribune and welcome any suggestions of topics or questions for future articles.

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