Central Grasslands Center adds livestock specialist
Fara Brummer has joined North Dakota State University’s Central Grasslands Research Extension Center (CGREC) as the area Extension livestock systems specialist.
Her expertise includes range and livestock management. Her work at the center near Streeter will focus on integrating grazing systems and animal production.
“Grazing and cattle are not exclusive,” Brummer says. “They are inclusive. They work together.” Her goal is to find the balance between them, she adds.
“We are excited to have Fara join the staff at Central Grasslands,” says Bryan Neville, the center’s director.
She is filling a new position at the center. The need for this position was identified through the State Board of Agricultural Research and Education’s needs assessment process. The state Legislature provided funding for the position.
“We are very thankful for the support and investment in the livestock industry provided by the State Board of Agricultural Research and Education and the state Legislature,” Neville says.
“Having Fara located at the CGREC strengthens our ability to reach out and help our livestock producers not only in south-central North Dakota, but her depth of knowledge and experience make our livestock programming efforts stronger across the entire state,” says Charlie Stoltenow, the NDSU Extension Service’s assistant director and program leader for agriculture and natural resources.
Brummer has a bachelor of science degree in biology from State University of New York and a master’s degree in animal science, range ecology and management, and agricultural economics from Oregon State University.
For the past 10 years, she has worked for the Oregon State University Extension Service, first as an agricultural agent and most recently as the range and livestock agent for central Oregon. Her focus was on range management and livestock production systems. She also worked with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service to set up livestock care clinics.
Prior to joining the Oregon Extension Service, she spent six years with the Soil and Water Conservation District in The Dalles, Ore. Before that, she worked for various agencies in the Pacific Northwest, including the Forest Service and Oregon’s Department of State Lands.