Making It Work: Family AND Business

Family members have family conversations. Business systems have business conversations. When the family business is a farm or ranch, conflict and friction can arise because each of the two systems has its own way of “doing things.”


The family system is social, and is typically based on feelings and caring for each other. The business system, on the other hand, is more analytical, structured and matter-of-fact.

If the family were run like a business, discontent, grumblings and maybe even a mutiny soon would occur. If the business were run like a family, it may not maintain its ability to produce, make a profit, and grow.

The family needs the business for support, and the business needs the family for labor and purpose. How do we manage the clash? We must recognize what system we are operating in when we make decisions and plans. This takes conscious thought and awareness.

A variety of tips, techniques and tools to use in conducting Family Business Meetings are available to participants in the Design Your Succession Plan program. Contact your local county extension office or visit to find a program that is offered at a place and time that fits your needs.


Washburn: December 6, 8 and 13, 2016 at 6:00 pm
Location: North Dakota 4-H Camp, 2702 8th Street SW
Send registration to: NDSU Extension – McLean County, PO Box 1108, Washburn, ND 58577
Contact: Calandria Edwards, (701) 462-8541,


4-H Volunteer Project Training for Teens and Adults

Join us for a fun evening to improve your skills as a 4-H volunteer, parent, or staff member helping youth on their own 4-H journey!

For more information about this training please visit the Center for 4-H website at:

Southwest District – Host: Burleigh County
Date: Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Time: 6-9 p.m. CT
Cost: $6.00
Location: Burleigh County Extension Office
                 3715 East Bismarck Expressway, Bismarck, ND 58501
Registration deadline: November 1


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JMG: Growing & Giving Smiles

There’s nothing better than seeing beautiful flowers grown in gardens during the summer! Well maybe there is something better…like receiving a floral arrangement of homegrown flowers. Burleigh County residents in nursing homes, assistant living, and hospitals have been receiving gladiolus and zinnia arrangements grown and arranged by at-risk youth.

This summer Burleigh County Extension took a Junior Master Gardener program in a different direction. Burleigh County Extension partnered again with Doug Sailer, Juvenile Court Officer II, South Central Judicial District along with a new partner, Hirsch Floral. In March, Burleigh County Extension received a Junior Master Gardener grant from NDSU Extension.  With the grant, Burleigh County Extension was able to purchase seeds and bulbs, vases, ribbon, and floral accessories.

Burleigh County Extension has been working with Doug Sailer the past few summers as a site for community service for at-risk youth. Each summer the at-risk youth, who are court ordered to serve community service, have grown vegetables and donated the produce to local food banks. This year, the at-risk youth were able still grow some vegetables, but their main focus of the garden was flowers.  This community service opportunity had the main objective of giving back to the community in a way that would brighten a person’s day and empower the at-risk youth.


The at-risk youth take pride in keeping the garden weed-free and ownership of their garden. They learn life skills that they can use in adulthood and teach their families. It has been stated by the youth that this is their favorite community service option as well.

Doug Sailer stated, “A meaningful community service project like the gardens has provided powerful skills to our local juveniles, specifically: education on gardening, work ethic, giving to others, and building positive relationships in the community.  These skills provide our kids with an increase in self-esteem and that itself leads our kids to make better choices in our community.  We are thankful for this opportunity as this project is a great therapeutic intervention for our juveniles.”


Burleigh Blast Radio Program Weekly on Monday’s at 3pm & Saturday’s at noon on KDAK 102.5 FM

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Burleigh Blast is brought to you by the staff of Burleigh County extension.
They bring information on a variety of topics including:
•Competitiveness and Profitability of Animal Production
•Nutrition, Food Safety and Health
•Competitiveness and Profitability of Crop Production
•Human Development
•Farm and Family Economics
•4-H Youth Development
•Natural Resources and Environmental Management
•Community, Economic Development and Leadership