Research & Education


Erika Kenner, Chairman

Casey Voigt, Vice Chairman


23-Resolution passed in 2023

22-Resolution passed in 2022

21-Resolution passed in 2021



      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 protein products.

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




      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, 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.



     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, 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 upcoming legislative sessions 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, 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, 4-H is the largest and a research-based youth development program in North Dakota and the United States; and

     WHEREAS, 4-H offers age-appropriate, hands-on learning projects and activities in areas such as agriculture, science, engineering, technology, citizenship, leadership, communication, healthy living and outdoor living to fulfill the mission of “clearer thinking, greater loyalty, larger service and healthy living;” and

     WHEREAS, an in-depth study by Tufts University found youth who participate in 4-H “excel in school and the sciences, make more healthful choices and are committed to improving their communities;” and

     WHEREAS, many schools in the state count students absent while they are attending 4-H activities, and this can be a disincentive for them to participate.

     THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the NDSA encourages local school districts to allow excused absences for students attending 4-H activities and contests.



     WHEREAS, state agricultural research, including animal, beef cattle feeding and rangelands research, and the NDSU Extension are vital to continuing the profitability and efficiencies of our industry, as well as North Dakota’s economic well-being; and

     WHEREAS, advanced research techniques necessary to resolve increasingly complex challenges require state-of-the-art facilities and equipment; and

     WHEREAS, North Dakota’s private and public rangelands have been an overlooked and understudied resource and 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, which would be an economic strain on North Dakota producers.

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

     THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the NDSA supports North Dakota State University’s efforts to secure funding for the establishment of new programs addressing meat-animal agriculture, cattle feeding in North Dakota and rangeland, livestock and wildlife interactions, including funding for new or updated research facilities in the state.



     WHEREAS, the North Dakota Beef Commission has been in existence since 1973; and

     WHEREAS, the North Dakota Beef Commission does an excellent job of promoting beef.

     THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the NDSA supports the current process defined in the North Dakota Century Code for qualifying, nominating and appointing Beef Commission members.

     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the NDSA be open to supporting ideas or changes to the North Dakota Beef Commission only if they would enhance demand for beef and beef products.



     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 scientific advances and to train the next generation of meat scientists; and

     WHEREAS, to demonstrate its commitment to these endeavors, the NDSA has contributed substantial financial resources to support the construction of the North Dakota State University Agricultural Products Development Center, which will include an updated meats laboratory; and

     WHEREAS, the NDSA appreciates the funding approved by the North Dakota Legislature and governor through the 2021 and 2019 North Dakota Legislative Sessions, as well as that provided by other agricultural partners, for the effort.

     THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the NDSA continues to support the Agricultural Products Development Center and encourages others to contribute in order to get the project off the ground.