Hodous: Roundup was a rousing success

Mike Bellmore, Features Editor
Bill Hodous, Ramsey County Extension agent, helps one of the the presenters get his Powerpoint presentation set up during the most recent Lake Region Roundup.

Ramsey County Extension Agent Bill Hodous put the cap on another highly-successful Lake Region Roundup last week.

The first day, he said, was record breaking in terms of attendance and number of people served.

“It went really, really well,” Hodous said. “We were looking at something like 1,100 or so each day.”

“Lots of good food. Lots of interesting topics and meetings. We ran out of food on day two. The meetings were standing room only.”

With many farmers riding the wave of good crops and great prices last year, enthusiasm was perhaps at an all-time high this year.

That led to an all-business atmosphere at the event as producers gear up for the coming spring.

Hodous said the event was so well-received that a focus has already been set on next year’s event.

It’s set for Jan. 3-4 and some presenters have already found a spot on next year’s docket.

“They’re even phoning for booths and space for next year,” added Hodous.

One of the more exciting and intriguing speakers at this year’s event was Kathy Nesset, a geologist from the Tioga area.

She told those in attendance that oil production coming from the “Bakken Shelf” in the western half of North Dakota looks promising, even in the long term.

“I’ve been reading that it’s possible within two or three years North Dakota could be the No. 2 oil producer in the country behind Texas,” added Hodous.

“So needless to say, it was very exciting and intriguing to listen to her,” added Hodous. “Benson County “may” even be included in this outlook.”

Another popular speaker was Ed Usset, a marketing specialist from the University of Minnesota.

Hodous said he talked of marketing commodities and what to look for.

The list went on and on as the Roundup continued to grow in popularity among area farmers and producers.

“It was a full house in everything,” Hodous added proudly. “We couldn’t be happier with the way things went.”