Research & Education


Erika Kenner, Chairman
Casey Voigt, Vice Chairman
20-Resolution passed in 2020
19-Resolution passed in 2019
18-Resolution passed in 2018



WHEREAS, many North Dakota agricul­tural education teachers have retired while new and existing program expansion has oc­curred; and

WHEREAS, the number of post-secondary graduates has recently increased in agricultur­al education, but does not satisfy the teach­er demand for agricultural education in our schools; and

WHEREAS, there has been an increase of alternatively certified licensed agricultural ed­ucators to help meet the demands; and

WHEREAS, North Dakota State Universi­ty has the only agricultural teacher education program in the state.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the NDSA supports efforts to offer expanded op­portunities for post-secondary certification and increased professional development op­portunities to maintain high-quality agricul­tural education.

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RE­SOLVED, the NDSA encourages prospective students to pursue careers in agricultural ed­ucation to allow expansion of education and literacy opportunities for the beef industry.



WHEREAS, there are many potential bud­get cuts by the federal government.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that agricultural research and Extension remain a high priority for the NDSA.



        WHEREAS, the beef checkoff has helped increase beef demand by providing funding and structure for food safety research, inform­ing the public about beef’s positive nutrition­al attributes, organizing and coordinating the beef industry’s issues management strategies, leveraging dollars for international and do­mestic marketing efforts and working with retailers and foodservice outlets to promote beef; and

WHEREAS, the NDSA was instrumental in getting the national beef checkoff passed; and

WHEREAS, the NDSA remains committed to the long-term success of the program; and

WHEREAS, the NDSA would like to con­tinue these positive trends into the future for the benefit of the entire beef production chain.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the NDSA supports an increase in the national beef checkoff assessment rate for the pur­pose of adequately funding an effective de­mand-building program.

        THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RE­SOLVED, if a revision to the beef referendum process is to be considered, it should provide producers the opportunity at regular-time in­tervals to petition for a referendum on con­tinuing the beef checkoff program.

        THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RE­SOLVED, the NDSA opposes any changes to the beef checkoff program that would signifi­cantly alter the management of it, politicize the program and/or strip or limit the grassroots checkoff-investment decision-making author­ity of state beef councils.

          THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RE­SOLVED, the NDSA encourages the U.S. Department of Agriculture to maintain an open discussion about the utilization of some checkoff dollars to promote U.S. beef. 



WHEREAS, it’s important that consumer education begins at the grade-school level.

       THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the NDSA recommends the North Dakota Beef Commission continue to work with interest­ed state and national organizations to provide educational materials and programs for grade-school children and instructors, explaining production techniques, handling and feeding of livestock, as well as the nutritional value of beef.



WHEREAS, the North Dakota CattleWom­en has done an outstanding job of promoting beef; and

WHEREAS, it does so with a limited bud­get and volunteer help.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the NDSA commends the North Dakota Cattle­Women in its efforts to promote our product, beef.



WHEREAS, there is an increase in invest­ment toward the development and marketing of imitation or lab-grown protein sources, some of which use meat terminology in their product names.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the NDSA supports educational efforts to inform consumers on the value of meat in the diet and the difference between meat and imitation or lab-grown meat products.

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RE­SOLVED, the NDSA supports truth in label­ing rules that would clarify that difference.



WHEREAS, claims about the environmen­tal impacts of beef production are prominent in both public and policy discussions; and

WHEREAS, these claims have the poten­tial to negatively affect consumer demand for beef and to foster burdensome regulations that negatively affect the profitability of beef pro­duction; and

WHEREAS, claims that the U.S. beef in­dustry is environmentally harmful are based on misinformation and unsupported rhetoric, instead of sound science.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the NDSA supports continued research on the life-cycle analysis of U.S. beef production.



WHEREAS, the agriculture sector, includ­ing the beef cattle industry, provides the cor­nerstone of North Dakota’s economic base; and

WHEREAS, North Dakota State Universi­ty, through its teaching, agricultural research and Extension, is a predominant source of sci­entific knowledge essential to the growth and success of the beef cattle industry.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the NDSA requests all levels of the North Dakota State University administration to recognize this contribution and the importance of the cattle industry to this state.

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RE­SOLVED, the North Dakota State University administration reaffirm the University’s mis­sion consistent with that of the land-grant sys­tem and recognize the need to emphasize and promote agriculture.



WHEREAS, beef cattle production is im­portant to the economy of North Dakota by providing jobs and generating new wealth; and

WHEREAS, strong agricultural research and Extension programs are important to maintain or improve productivity and profit­ability.

       THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the NDSA supports the State Board of Agricul­tural Research and Education priorities for the 2021 legislative session for increased fund­ing for beef industry research and Extension. These priorities will maintain and enhance competitiveness of the state’s agricultural economy and the beef industry for future gen­erations.



WHEREAS, agriculture is the no. 1 indus­try in North Dakota and has a stake in edu­cation.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the NDSA supports the nomination of an ag rep­resentative to the State Board of Higher Ed­ucation.



WHEREAS, analog beef proteins are be­coming more widely available; and

WHEREAS, many questions remain about these products’ ingredient and nutritional con­tent, safety and production procedures; and

WHEREAS, children’s well-being is of the utmost concern; and

WHEREAS, school lunch programs do not always offer children multiple entree options; and

WHEREAS, analog beef protein suppliers are targeting schools as potential markets.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the NDSA advocates for beef as a primary protein option in school lunch programs.



WHEREAS, the future of North Dakota’s livestock industry rests in the hands of today’s youth; and

WHEREAS, the cost of providing proper training in animal sciences and related fields continues to increase.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the NDSA supports efforts to properly fund the cost of providing such training in the North Dakota University System.

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RE­SOLVED, the NDSA supports the restoration of funds to animal science programs in the North Dakota University Systems.



WHEREAS, the judging teams at North Dakota State University have been an import­ant part of the educational system; and

WHEREAS, those in agriculture are called on more and more to explain our industry to the urban population; and

WHEREAS, it is proven that those in­volved in the judging teams have had a pos­itive influence in the industry.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the North Dakota State University judging teams be a high priority when it comes to funding the curriculum.



WHEREAS, state agricultural research and Extension are vital to continuing the profit­ability of our industry; and

WHEREAS, it is also important to North Dakota animal agriculture to have animal and range science research conducted at the Northern Great Plains Research Laboratory.

       THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the NDSA supports adequate funding for agricul­tural research and Extension at North Dakota State University and the operation of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Re­search Station in Mandan.



WHEREAS, North Dakota’s economic well-being continues to rest heavily on in­creasing the efficiency and profitability of meat-animal agriculture; and

WHEREAS, advanced research techniques necessary to resolve the increasingly complex production problems require state-of-the-art facilities and equipment.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the NDSA supports continued and adequate fund­ing for the operation of the animal research facilities at North Dakota State University.



WHEREAS, beef cattle feeding in North Dakota is important to the future of the cattle industry; and

WHEREAS, more research is needed.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the NDSA continues support for expanding re­search for beef cattle feeding in North Dakota.



WHEREAS, the Beef Quality Assurance program has been an integral part of beef pro­ducer education since 1991; and

        WHEREAS, the Beef Quality Assurance program’s mission is to maximize consumer confidence in and acceptance of beef by fo­cusing the producers’ attention on daily pro­duction practices that influence the safety, wholesomeness and quality of beef and beef products through the use of science, research and education initiatives; and

       THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the NDSA supports the Beef Quality Assurance program as a system to support a productive beef industry that produces beef products that meet consumers’ needs for flavor, safety, healthfulness and consistency.



WHEREAS, meat science is an important component of research and teaching efforts related to beef cattle production; and

WHEREAS, suitable facilities for research and teaching programs are necessary to allow research advances and train the next genera­tion of meat scientists.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the NDSA encourages the State Board of Higher Education and the North Dakota Legislature to support the funding and construction of the NDSU Ag Products Development Center.



WHEREAS, North Dakota’s private and public rangelands have been an overlooked and understudied resource and their economic importance little noted; and

        WHEREAS, vast potential exists for more efficient and ecologically sound use of these rangelands on a sustained basis, not only for livestock production, but for their great value to wildlife, water conservation, responsible recreation and other compatible uses; and

WHEREAS, other groups, including state and federal agencies, are advocating severe restrictions on the grazing of livestock, not only on state and federally owned land but private rangeland as well.

        THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the NDSA supports continuing rangeland re­search that seeks to catalog existing research data and to initiate new studies where needed using the best scientific techniques combined with complete objectivity and integrity.

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RE­SOLVED, the NDSA supports North Dakota State University’s efforts to secure state fund­ing for the establishment of new programs addressing rangeland, livestock and wildlife interactions.