Mandan News

New face in extension office

NDSU Extension Agent
By Jackie Buckley

Dates to Remember
April 11-12 – Dakota Garden Expo, Bismarck Civic Center, Bismarck
April 15 – Morton County Fairboard Meeting, Fairgrounds, New Salem, 7 p.m.

New Faces in Morton County Extension
I am pleased to announce that Ashley Stegeman has joined our team at Morton County Extension as the Ag and Natural Resource Agent in Training. Her first day at Morton County Extension Office was March 26.

Ashley has lived in Mandan, with her husband and family, for two years. She is alum of South Dakota State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Education, Leadership, and Communications.

While at SDSU she was a member of 2009 Senior Meat Judging Team, Block and Bridle, and a staff member for Little International. During her youth she was an active 4-H member in her home state of Iowa. In the past, Ashley has had 4-H Internships through the University of Minnesota. Working within the extension service has always been her career goal.

She is excited about the Agent in Training position and looks forward to assisting in educational program development and implementing research from various areas of cropping systems, farm economic management, animal systems, and natural resource management. Ashley is a fair-goer by nature and can’t wait for the 2014 Morton County Fair.

Dakota Garden Expo
The Dakota Garden Expo has been scheduled for April 11-12. It will be held at the Bismarck Civic Center Exhibition Hall. The fee is only $2 (kids are free). Bring a non-perishable item and the fee is reduced to $1.

April 11, Open – 3-8 p.m.
Activities – 6-8 p.m.
•Fun Gardening Activities for Youth, Cathy Palczewski, NDSU Extension Agent/Youth
6 – Five Steps to a Great Garden – Tom Kalb, Extension Horticulturist, NDSU
6 – Tree Stumps I Have Known and Loved – Joe Zeleznik, Extension Forester, NDSU
7 – Improving Your Garden Soil – Dave Franzen, Soils Specialist, NDSU
7 – New Elm Cultivars – Greg Morgenson, Researcher, NDSU

April 12, Open 8-4 p.m.
Session I 9-10 a.m.
1. Perennial Combos for Season Long Color – Kathleen Wiese, Landscape Specialist
2. Tree Planting and Pruning – Joe Zeleznik, Extension Forester, NDSU
3. Raised Beds and Container Gardening – Tyler Kralicek, Ext. Agent, NDSU Extension
4. Tips, Tricks, and Troubles with Taters – Andrew Robinson, Potato Specialist, NDSU
5. Cool Berries for a Cold Climate – Tom Kalb, Extension Horticulturist, NDSU
Session II 10:15-11:15 a.m.
1. High Tunnels – Todd West, Woody Plants Specialist, NDSU
2. Maples: The Hunt for Red October – Greg Morgenson, Researcher, NDSU
3. Soil Issues for Gardeners – Dave Franzen, Soils Specialist, NDSU
4. Preparing for Battle against Diseases – Jared LeBoldus, EXT. Plant Pathologist, NDSU
5. Growing Lilies in the Dakotas – Dennis Drews, Oak Valley Farm, Elk River, MN
Session III 11:30-12:15 p.m.
1. Containers Beyond the Ordinary – Macy Pfliiger, Designer, Plant Perfect
2. Ornamental Grasses – Esther McGinnis, Ext. Horticulturist, NDSU
3. Barkophiles: Why We Love Bark! – Todd West, Woody Plants Specialist, NDSU
4. Yeager: Developing Vegetable Varieties for ND – Barbara Handy-Marcello, Historian, UND
5. BBQ Boot Camp – David Newman, Swine Specialist, NDSU
Session IV 1:15-2:15 p.m.
1. Exciting New Annuals and Perennials – Esther McGinnis, Ext. Horticulturist, NDSU
2. My Favorite Landscape Trees – Todd West, Woody Plants Specialist, NDSU
3. What to Do When my Plant is Sick? – Jared LeBoldus, EXT. Plant Pathologist, NDSU
4. Grape Growing for Novices – H. Hatterman-Valenti, High Value Crops, NDSU
5. BBQ Boot Camp(Encore) – David Newman, Swine Specialist, NDSU
Session V 2:30-3:30 p.m.
1. Pesticide Options in Your Home and Garden – Kevin Hollatz, Manager, Plant Perfect
2. Success with Succulents and Sedume – Diane Gronfur, Perennials Specialist, Plant Perfect
3. Growing a Great Lawn – Alan Zuk, Turf Specialist, NDSU
4. Gardening with Kids – Peggy Netzer, Nutrition Educator, NDSU
5. Gourmet Vegetable Varieties – Tom Kalb, Extension Horticulturist, NDSU