Richland County/MSU Extension Review Programs With Commissioners

Richland County/MSU Extension agents provided encouraging information to Richland County Commissioners while reviewing programs during a meeting on April 22.

Extension Agent Josie Evenson provided preliminary numbers for 4-H projects for this year’s county fair. She noted there are 240 4-H members in Richland County, which is a 23% increase since she started in the position 10 years ago.

Preliminary amount of entries for the fair include 100 for market beef, 25 for breeding beef, five in dairy, 13 market goats, eight breeding goats, nine dairy goats, 16 market lambs, seven breeding sheep, 78 market swine, 13 breeding swine, 18 horses, 21 for poultry, 19 dogs and 13 cats.

When asked about the success of the 4-H projects participation, Evenson mentioned being in the middle of beef country and area commercial steer opportunities.

“Our community is amazing. That plays into it. Our facility plays into it,” Evenson said.

Commissioners approved the request for summer help to help Extension with the fair process.

Evenson took eight teen leaders to a state leadership conference held in Boulder last weekend. Previously, the local teen leaders conducted a food drive and provided 115 meal kits.

She also reported that shooting sports held during the winter at the Event Center were successful, $7,300 from the Friends of NRA was received to purchase new equipment.

Extension Agent Marley Voll said that Ag in the Classroom held at Sidney High School was very successful with about 300 young students attending to learn about agriculture.

Voll said she and other agents are planning a beef conference to be held in Miles City this fall.

Evenson said that an applicant has been received for the open family consumer science position. The individual will soon be interviewed.

She explained that 10 additional beef dividers are needed in the fair’s cattle barn. Commissioners asked her to provide a quote for the purchase.


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