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Class VIII participants wrapped up a great seminar in Fargo on Friday, their third together as a group. Participants gained an appreciation for the diversity of North Dakota agriculture, prepared themselves to talk with media, discussed ethical leadership and more. Thanks very much to Gwen Crawford for the highlight video, and the rest of the Seminar Management Team (SMT) for the excellent tours, fundraising and general coordination. #weleadnd #RLND8

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RLND Program Director, Marie Hvidsten, reveals to Class VIII participants where their international seminar will be with a bit of trivia. Watch until the end for the big reveal! #weleadnd #NDandbeyond

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Class VIII participant, Bjorn Solberg, stops for a quick picture with his company's (Hugh's Garden) potatoes that he donated during their tour of the Great Plains Food Bank this afternoon. Fantastic work, Bjorn, what a very generous contribution.

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RLND Class VIII participants are meeting for their 3rd seminar: Agriculture’s Future in North Dakota which is being held in Fargo February 14-16th.

Seminar Objectives:
* Participants will understand their work of leaders profile.
* Participants will gain an appreciation for the diversity of North Dakota agriculture....
* Participants will practice talking with the media.
* Participants will discuss ethical leadership.

Agenda Outline:
* Congressional Insight workshop - Pete Hanebutt, Director of Public Policy ND Farm Bureau
* Ethical Leadership - Rachelle Vettern, presenter 4-H Youth/Leadership Specialist NDSU Extension Service
* The Work of Leaders – part 2 Mel Nelson, President, Executive Management Systems, Inc.
* Business Etiquette Dinner - Jill Wilkey

* NDSU Greenhouse tour - Julie Hochhalter, Greenhouse Manager NDSU
* Case IH plant tour
* Hands-on Degree of Doneness Demonstration followed
By Taste Panel: Dr. Eric Berg Professor, Animal Science NDSU,
Spence Wirt Animal Science NDSU
* Lunch catered by Carnivore Catering Sponsored by North Dakota Trade Office - Lunch speaker – Rodney Hogen of Red Trail Vineyard
* ND Trade Office presentation
* Great Plains Food Bank visit, Nancy Carriveau, speaker
Food Resource Manager Great Plains Food Bank,
* Megan Myrdal – speaker
Cass County Extension, Family Nutrition Program
Cass Clay Food Partners Commission
Ugly Food of the North
Little Free Garden
* Dakota Vines Vineyard and Winery tour - Bob and Deb Grosz, owners
* Crooked Lane Farm Folk School and Event Center tour - Brent and Mary Jo Larson, owners
* Leadership Dinner - Crooked Lane Farm Folk School and Event Center, Moore Engineering, Leadership Dinner Sponsor
Dinner Speakers – Bob and Deb Grosz, Brent and Mary Jo Larson

Friday, February 16, 2018
* Kilbourne Group - Mike Allmendinger, President, Kilbourne
* Working With the Media, Katie Pinke, AgWeek Publisher
* Work on “getting your message out”, reflections on Seminar III,
* Discuss International Seminar location, looking ahead to Washington DC Seminar.

Bringing It Home:
Over the next month, participants will advocate for an issue they feel strongly about. Learn how to “get your message out” in the most effective way. Some ideas of how to communicate that message are listed below:
Create a press release.
Write a letter to the editor.
Do an interview for a local TV station.
Create a You Tube video.
Create/write a blog.
Tweet your message.
Write a newspaper article.
Write an article for a publication.
Do a presentation to local service group.
Do a radio interview.

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RLND Class VIII participants are meeting for their 3rd seminar in Fargo this week. They're currently learning about Ethical Leadership by Rachelle Vettern, 4-H Youth/Leadership Specialist NDSU Extension Service.
Photo credit: Gwen Crawford

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Where in the world will RLND Class VIII go?? #weleadnd #ndlegendary

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RLND council members are meeting today to discuss itineraries for the Class VIII international seminar. Share with us...what country has been your favorite to visit?

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RLND Class VIII participants visiting Tommy the Turtle in Bottineau during their Personal Leadership Development Seminar

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