NCR-SARE Announces the 2016 “NCR-SARE Hero” Recognition, Honors Brad Brummond and Linda Kleinschmit
NCR-SARE is pleased to announce that Brad Brummond of Park River, North Dakota and Linda (Moosman) Kleinschmit of Hartington, Nebraska are being honored as 2016 “NCR-SARE Heroes.”
Coordinated by the NCR-SARE Alumni Organization, this recognition honors the leadership, vision, contributions, and impact that these heroes have made in the field of sustainable agriculture in the north central region. The NCR-SARE Hero Recognition honors individuals who 1) have provided service to NCR-SARE or national SARE, 2) have shown leadership in sustainable agriculture locally and regionally, and 3) have made lasting impacts to sustainability in the North Central region.
Brad Brummond lives in Park River, North Dakota, and is a North Dakota State University (NDSU) extension agent for Walsh County where he specializes in organic production. He has served as a county agent since 1982 when he graduated from NDSU with degrees in agricultural education and agricultural extension. For more than 25 years, he has served on the North Dakota State SARE Advisory Committee. Between 1993-2008, Brummond served two terms as an Administrative Council member for NCR-SARE. During his tenure as an Administrative Council member, Brummond helped form NCR-SARE’s Circle Of Sustainability committee, which conducted several listening sessions throughout the region in order to bring together people with differing viewpoints within a community of place to share their perspectives of sustainability and agriculture. Brummond helped organize NCR-SARE’s first-ever listening session with seven First Nations in North Dakota and South Dakota, which helped broaden NCR-SARE’s understanding of the region’s biological and cultural diversity. As an integral organizing member of 4-H for decades, with three children who have been active in 4-H, Brummond has been a strong advocate for youth in agriculture; he assisted in the development of NCR-SARE’s current Youth Educator Grant Program. Brummond has worked with organic and sustainable farmers in North and South Dakota for more than 25 years. In addition to his role with extension, he currently serves as chair of the North Dakota Organic Advisory Board, is the primary organic contact for NDSU Extension Service, and has served as the president of the both the Northern Plains Sustainable Agriculture Society and the North Dakota Association of Extension Agents. A valuable resource for North Dakota producers, Brummond has received the Distinguished Service Award and the Achievement Service Award for North Dakota from the National Association of County Agricultural Agents.
Linda (Moosman) Kleinschmit
Linda Kleinschmit is the owner operator of a 365-acre certified organic rotational grazing, grass-fed beef operation along with her husband, Martin, in Hartington, Nebraska. The Kleinschmits raised five children on the farm, and have been active in the sustainable agriculture movement for decades. Linda Kleinschmit graduated with a B.S. in Elementary Education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and taught in local schools for a number of years. In addition to being a farmer, teacher, and mother, she has worked on sustainable agriculture and public policy issues for more than 40 years. Kleinschmit served on NCR-SARE’s Administrative Council from 2002-2006, chaired the planning committee to host the national SARE conference in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin in 2006, and between 2007-2012, she served as both the Associate Coordinator and Interim Coordinator for NCR-SARE’s Professional Development Program. She continues to serve on NCR-SARE’s Technical Review Committee, Alumni Organization, and Nebraska’s State SARE Advisory Committee. Kleinschmit currently serves on the Nebraska Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Committee, and in the past has served on the State Board of Directors for Nebraska Farmers Union, the Center for Rural Affairs Advisory Board, the Coordinator and founder of EQUAL (a local farmwoman’s organization), the National Campaign for Sustainable Agriculture, the Steering Committee for Ogallala Commons, the state and national steering committee for Kellogg’s Integrated Food and Farming System Initiative, and the Community Alliances of Interdependent AgriCulture, among other organizations. The Nebraska Farmers Union recognized Kleinschmit’s years of devoted service to sustaining agriculture in Nebraska with a Presidents Award in 2007, and the Northeast Nebraska Experimental FarmAssociation and the University of Nebraska Research and Extension Center honored her for her Outstanding Contributions to Northeast Nebraska Agriculture. She has been the recipient of numerous grants from organizations including the National Rural Coalition Foundation and W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
You can read more about each of the 2016 NCR-SARE Heroes and find information about past NCR-SARE Heroes, here.
Nominations for the NCR-SARE Hero Award may be submitted by anyone. An official nomination form is available here. The NCR-SARE Alumni Heroes Committee will review and recommend candidates to the NCR-SARE Administrative Council. Recommendations received will be kept on file for consideration in future years.