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Flathead Extension

FRTEP - 1862

The Flathead Indian Reservation is the home of the Confederated Salish
and Kootenai Tribes, and are comprised of the Bitterroot Salish, the
Pend d’Oreille and the Kootenai tribes.

My name is Rene Kittle and I am an
Extension Agent. It seems to me that a FRTEP educator's job is to bring
timely, research based information to Indian Country. Now, having given
you the "stock response" I will say that my job tends to be community
driven, meaning that I lean my programming toward what I see as a need,
or what my community requests. I attempt to fulfill my FRTEP grant
goals while answering the call for various programs from my community.

My program goals:

  • My first goal for the program is continuing to enhance Tribal
    member involvement in agriculture with an awareness of environmental
    stewardship and natural resources.
  • My second goal for the program is to enhance and increase economic
    opportunities for agricultural producers to improve their quality of
    life and sustain the farm.
  • My third goal for the program is to improve nutrition and health of
    consumers while protecting local food supplies by connecting consumers
    with local and traditional food sources.

To accomplish these goals I provide research based educational
programming utilizing, as often as possible, visual and hands-on
programs. Programs and workshops include trips to natural resource
demonstrations, financial education and training, and nutritional
education. I use visual aids in addition to workshop activities to
bridge academics and real world applications. I provide producers, land
managers, and consumers opportunities to critically evaluate
environmental stewardship and resource management techniques with
current and traditional agriculture and food systems. I continue to
create opportunities for Tribal member youth to become sound and
successful operators in agriculture. To accomplish this I focus on
educational programs in financial education and entrepreneurship that
create opportunities for success in sustainable agriculture and
business alike.

Thus far, over the last year, I have offered extension programs
under a very broad umbrella, including agriculture, family and consumer
science, youth, and nutrition.

Contact Information

Rene Kittle

Extension Educator
Phone: 
(406) 675-2700
Fax: 
(406) 675-2035
Address: 

P.O. Box 335,
Montana State University,
Pablo, MT 59865

Extension Programs

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Pesticide applicator training to private and government applicators Flathead Extension

One of the natural resource goals of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Indian Reservation (CSKT) is to control noxious weeds on Indian lands. The tribes own and manage... Read more

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Education programs Flathead Extension

Food safety education to Kicking Horse Job Corps (after receiving ServSafe certification): Students between the ages of 15-19 enroll in Kicking Horse Job Corps Center from around the U.S. on a weekly... Read more

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Mini Society: Youth education Flathead Extension

After school program - Mini Society: Eighteen students between 4th and 5th grade attended Mini Society. The curriculum was developed by Marilyn L. Kourilsky and the Center for Entrepreneurial... Read more

Master Food Preserver
Master Food Preserver Flathead Extension

MSU Flathead Reservation Extension Office partnered with MSU Lake County Extension to offer the first Master Food Preserver class in Montana in over 25 years.  With the increase in gardening... Read more