February 5, 2013
Earlier this year Fort Berthold Community College (FBCC) welcomed Joseph Bear as the Land Grant Coordinator for the college’s Agriculture Department. The Fort Berthold Community College Agriculture Department works closely with students, community members, and the Mandan, Hidatsa, & Arikara Nation to deliver agriculture-related information and education.
Funding is awarded through such entities as the United States Department of Agriculture – National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA). Funds are used for community outreach and educational activities pertaining to areas of cultural significance, local agricultural concerns and priorities, and programs to promote youth involvement.
Bear graduated from Dickinson State University with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Studies, with an emphasis in Natural Resource Management. “My previous work experience includes almost 20 years with the United States Department of Agriculture-Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS),” Bear stated. “NRCS allowed me to work on private lands to assist local farmers and ranchers with addressing resource concerns on their operations such as soil health related issues, rangeland health/management, water quality/quantity, and the enhancement of wildlife habitat to name a few.”
Bear says he feels fortunate to have the opportunity to work and learn in this capacity for FBCC, and looks forward to assisting in meeting the needs of the Fort Berthold agricultural community. He invites individuals to contact him regarding any agriculture-related issues, concerns, or projects. “Although I grew up in Montana, I am originally from New Town and have been part of the area since 2002,” Bear said. “I am more than happy to listen to any ideas or assist you in any way possible; I look forward to working with you.”