Central Grasslands Center gaining 2 specialists

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NDSU Extension

Lisa Pederson has joined North Dakota State University’s Central Grasslands Research Extension Center (CGREC) near Streeter, N.D., and Erin Gaugler will start there Aug. 1.

Pederson is the center’s NDSU Extension livestock specialist. Gaugler will be the North Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station’s range research specialist at the center.

Both have NDSU experience.

Before joining the CGREC, Pederson spent 19 years as Extension’s beef quality assurance specialist at NDSU’s Dickinson Research Extension Center.

“Lisa will continue working in the area of beef quality assurance while strengthening the Central Grasslands and NDSU Extension outreach and programming as a livestock specialist,” says Kevin Sedivec, the CGREC’s interim director. “We feel fortunate to have her on our team.”

Pederson, who grew up on a cow-calf operation in southwestern Colorado, earned bachelor’s degrees in agricultural business and animal science and a master’s degree in farm and ranch management and livestock production from Colorado State University. In addition to her Extension work, she and her husband are involved in his family’s fifth-generation cattle operation.

Gaugler has been the NDSU Extension agent in Bowman County since May 2016, providing Extension programming in agriculture and natural resources, as well as working with 4-H.

She earned associate of science degrees in wildlife management and human communication from Casper (Wyo.) College, a bachelor of science degree in agriculture and natural resources from Berea (Ky.) College and a master of science degree in range science from NDSU.

“She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience looking at real-world application of grazing management on range and pasture, late-season grazing alternatives and using cover crops to enhance soil health,” Sedivec says. “Erin will not only strengthen the center’s research portfolio, but add depth to our opportunities to conduct demonstration projects with local ranchers and Extension agents within the Missouri Coteau.”

Erin Gaugler is joining the Central Grasslands Research Extension Center near Streeter. NDSU photo
Lisa Pederson, Extension livestock specialist, Central Grasslands Research Extension Center. Photo courtesy of Cattlemen’s Beef Board