Comfy within the open air and devoted to serving to farmers and ranchers elevate the absolute best crops and cows, the NDSU Extension agricultural agent of Grand Forks County is in her factor. Landeis has been on the job in Grand Forks County since December 2019, after 5 years as Extension agricultural and 4-H agent in Nelson County.
Landeis, who grew up in Chatfield, a small city close to Rochester in southeastern Minnesota, was launched to Extension throughout a school internship. An environmental sciences main on the College of Wisconsin-Stout, Landeis interned with AmeriCorps at Dunn County Extension in Menomonie, Wis.
“I did that for a yr, and that’s actually how I bought into Extension,” Landeis stated. A part of her internship job duties included tending to a neighborhood backyard, which piqued her curiosity in rising meals.
In 2014, Landeis did a second AmeriCorps internship with Extension, this time for Walsh County in Park River, N.D., the place agent Brad Brummond mentored her.
Landeis selected to work in North Dakota Extension due to its fame of getting a powerful program, and Brummond confirmed her why farmers flip to the group after they have questions on plant and animal manufacturing, she stated.
“He taught me all the things. He’s such a wealth of data,” she stated. “He’s holistic about how he thinks about issues.”
After working with Brummond for a couple of yr, Landeis moved to Lakota, N.D., to work for Nelson County Extension. She labored within the county till December 2019, when she turned the Grand Forks County Extension agent.
In the course of the previous six years in her work with NDSU Extension, Landeis has immersed herself in her job, touring the counties to take soil samples for farmers, get water specimens for ranchers and to put in writing newsletters informing them of the most recent agricultural information.
The coronavirus pandemic has restricted her capability to have face-to-face visits with farmers, so the newsletters are a method to join with them.
“I’ve actually tried to concentrate on writing Ag Alerts, to attach with people that means,” she stated. In the course of the pandemic she additionally has labored with the Pure Assets Conservation Service on water high quality points that will have an effect on ranchers.
In the meantime, she regularly travels Grand Forks County to get the lay of the land, carrying a laminated map of the county’s townships in her four-wheel-drive car.
Landeis additionally will get every day on-the-job expertise working along with her husband, Rob, a Nelson County farmer and rancher. The couple run an angus cow-calf operation and lift dry edible beans, soybeans, wheat and sunflowers on their farm, located south of Petersburg and 4 miles west of the Grand Forks County line.
“It helps realizing how he’s doing and the way it’s going with him,” she stated. In the meantime, her husband is educating her about cattle manufacturing.
“I don’t have a variety of livestock expertise, so he’s positively serving to me on the cattle aspect,” she stated. ”I actually get pleasure from it. It’s probably the most enjoyable issues on the farm.”
In flip, her husband turns to her when he has a query about an agricultural manufacturing problem he hasn’t seen earlier than.
“He’s all the time asking me questions. He’s bought his personal private Extension agent,” Landeis stated with fun.
Throughout her years working for Extension, Landeis has developed a powerful appreciation for the work the group does for farmers. She believes it provides unbiased data for farmers, which they might not get from a non-public group.
“On the finish of the day, it’s not about me making a revenue. It’s about farmers making a revenue,” she stated.