College welcomes Bear as land grant coordinator

Joseph Bear has joined Fort Berthold Community College in New Town as the land grant coordinator for the college’s agriculture department.

The college’s agriculture department works closely with students, community members and the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation to deliver agriculture-related information and education.

Funding is awarded through such entities as the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture. 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 degree in agriculture studies, with an emphasis in natural resource management.

“My previous work experience includes almost 20 years with the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Natural Resources Conservation Service, said Bear. “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 said he feels fortunate to have the opportunity to work and learn in this capacity for Fort Berthold Community College 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.”