In a joint hearing of the North Dakota Senate and House Agriculture Committees on Friday, the State Board of Agriculture Research and Education (SBARE) provided testimony in support of full funding for education and research. SBARE chair Mark Birdsall, a farmer from Berthold, said investment in agriculture is an investment in all of North Dakota with a proven record of return. “Let’s make sure we keep these tools available for generations to come,” said Birdsall. “North Dakota agriculture has a great story to tell and we need to keep telling it.” NDSU Extension and the Agriculture Experiment Station director Greg Lardy elaborated on that same thought during the hearing. “Businesses benefit either directly or indirectly from the work conducted by the Experiment Station and Extension. The return on investment helps improve the lives of citizens through more profitable farms, ranches and small businesses.” Watch the hearing.
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