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Schmidt: Many thanks to our 4-H volunteers

By Staff | Jan 16, 2015

Special Note: In last week’s column the web link to the video “A Typical Day for an Extension Agent” by Kansas State University Extension was left out. To access this video which does a great job of covering the many aspects of an Extension agent’s work you may type the following into your computer’s search engine, or you may go to YouTube and type: “A Typical Day for an Extension Agent” into the search feature.

The Pierce County Extension office is thrilled to have our 4-H Shooting Sports Program up and running after two years of planning, recruiting volunteers, and securing funds. Monday night marked our second practice and I am pleased to report that both the youth and instructors are doing great! I wish to commend all of our awesome volunteer instructors, for providing their time and talents to help our youth learn about shooting, hunting, the outdoors, and firearm safety.

Also, I am pleased to share that this year marks the second year for another of our 4-H program’s firsts – Our 4-H Hippology and Horse Judging team also started their practices last week. We are pleased to have Brenda Heilman back for a second year sharing her time and talents to coach this year’s team, which will be participating in their first contest of this season on February 7.

So, if you see any of the following individuals as you are out and about please thank them for their generosity and service to our community’s youth and for helping our 4-H program continue to grow.

Our 4-H Shooting Sports instructors are: Kirby Harmel, Scott Kraft, Becky Tofte, Marty Harris, Ashley Burkhartsmeier, Kent Christenson, Dave Engeland, Renata Keating, Dale Broe, Claire Lowstuter, Melissa Shepard, and Brenda Heilman – who is also our Hippology and Horse Judging coach.

Without the support and commitment of dedicated volunteers such as these individuals as well as the generous financial contributions received from area businesses and organizations, activities such as these would not be possible.

Farm and Ranch Transition Planning

If you follow our NDSU Extension Service Pierce County Facebook page, you may have seen posts about the “Design Your Succession Plan” meeting series that is being piloted in 9 counties. Farm and Ranch Transition Planning continues to be a critical need for North Dakota producers. The average age of a ND farmer/rancher is 57 and many are looking toward retirement and transitioning their business in the near future. The “Design Your Succession Plan” program is a revamped version of our previously offered Farm/Ranch Transition Planning Workshop. This new version is designed to assist farm and ranch families get started on their succession plan and will help them to shape the future ownership of their farm/ranch business.

“Design Your Succession Plan” is a multi-session workshop developed to help families:

Get started on a succession plan using a workbook during the workshop,

Open lines of communication in the family to create a shared vision for the family business extending into the next generation.

Work with professionals to construct a plan and documents that put the family’s vision into action.

Please go to our NDSU Extension Service Pierce County Facebook page to see a program brochure and schedules of the counties currently debuting the newly revised “Design Your Succession Plan” program. Other counties will begin offering the program in the upcoming year and the Pierce and McHenry County Extension offices are currently making plans to partner in offering the “Design Your Succession Plan” this coming fall.

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