Smith Joins NDSU Extension Service in Western N.D.

Nicole Smith has joined the North Dakota State University Extension Service in western North Dakota as a Family Nutrition Program (FNP) Extension agent serving Stark, Dunn, McKenzie and Williams counties.


Smith will develop and provide nutrition education and programs for members of the communities in the four counties, especially households on limited budgets. She is based in the Extension office in Dunn County.

“My interest is in community-based programs that promote food security and allow community members to make informed dietary decisions to lead healthier lifestyles,” Smith says. “I’m so excited to have this opportunity to learn from community members to develop and shape nutrition programming that will best meet their needs.”

Smith started Jan. 24. Prior to joining the NDSU Extension Service, she worked at Environmental Defense Fund, an environmental nongovernmental organization in Washington, D.C. She also taught English as a second language in South Korea and working at Tufts University as a research assistant for its “Snack It Up” study.

“There are many families in western North Dakota who will benefit from more opportunities to learn to eat better on a budget,” says Megan Ness Ditterick, Extension specialist and program coordinator for the Family Nutrition Program. “With the oil boom, it was challenging to find the right person and the right location for the Family Nutrition Program. We are thrilled to have someone with Nicole’s experience and energy now serving the region.”

Smith earned a master of science in agriculture, food and environment from Tufts University and a bachelor of arts in international studies from the University of San Francisco.

“Nicole brings a sound academic background in community and family nutrition, experience in developing nutrition-related educational programming and a passion for helping others,” says Jim Gray, southwest district director for the NDSU Extension Service. “I am extremely excited to have Nicole join us.”

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