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September 18, 2000, Mandan

State Board of Agricultural Research and Education
Minutes - September 18, 2000
Seven Seas, Mandan, ND

 

The State Board of Agricultural Research and Education met at 8:00 a.m., September 18, 2000, in Mandan at the Best Western Seven Seas. Members present were: Tom Archbold, Sharon Anderson, Ryan Brooks, Tim Bryan, Sylvia Daws, Jerry Doan, Neal Fisher, Cole Gustafson, Jody Hauge, George Heller, Patricia Jensen, Burdell Johnson, and Jeff Weispfenning (for Roger Johnson).

Chairman Doan called the meeting to order. The minutes of the May 1 and May 11 meetings, May 25 conference call, and August 29 livestock subcommittee meeting were approved as distributed.

Doan opened nominations for chair and vice chair of the board. Tim Bryan nominated Jerry Doan to serve as chair for the coming year. Ryan Brooks made a motion to cast a unanimous ballot for Doan. Tom Archbold seconded the motion, which passed. Ryan Brooks nominated Tim Bryan to serve as vice chair. Sylvia Daws made a motion to cast a unanimous ballot for Bryan. George Heller seconded the motion, which passed.

Doan indicated a livestock subcommittee met August 29 to review the BeefLine initiative and discuss livestock research in North Dakota. Doan suggested it would also be useful to create subcommittees for the crops area and the human development area.

Lori Capouch, administrator for the Ag Research Fund, requested approval for procedural changes to make the granting process more efficient. The requested changes were: 1) waive the August 1 date to issue the call for proposals and allow each committee to determine best call date; 2) give granting committees the option of using a one-step proposal process or a two-step proposal process; 3) limit the length of the full application to a maximum of five pages of narrative. She also requested two committee changes. Burdell Johnson made a motion to support the requests. Neal Fisher seconded the motion, which passed unanimously.

The board discussed the issue of hay/forage proposals submitted to the animal agriculture granting committee and the question of matching dollars for those proposals. Ryan Brooks made a motion to add a forage researcher to the committee. Patricia Jensen seconded the motion, which passed.

Sharon Anderson shared information about a new citizen's support group to act as a think tank and advocacy group for extension efforts. The group will challenge to make sure community, youth and family issues are being addressed and that current programs are on track.

Patricia Jensen indicated there will be some changes in the structure of the Veterinary and Microbiological Sciences Department, as follows:

  • Vet Tech Program will move to the Animal and Range Sciences Department
  • Vet Diagnostic Lab will become a free standing service unit for the state
  • extension veterinarian will become a member of the Animal and Range Sciences faculty

The changes will allow these units to provide even better service to North Dakota.

Jensen announced that NDSU has received official approval from USDA to use federal funds for renovation of Robinson Hall, bringing all campus animal facilities up to federal standards. She made a motion that SBARE support use of the funds for the renovation effort. Tim Bryan seconded the motion, which passed unanimously.

Jensen indicated that the first class of students completed the Food Safety Program in August and the evaluations were good. The teaching group is looking at opportunities for expanding the program to offer a major and also to include a distance education piece.

Jensen stated the Food Science Program has been moved solely into the College of Agriculture and is located in the Cereal Science Department. The plans are to change the name of the department to Cereal and Food Sciences, which will better define the departmental mission. There will be a search for a permanent chair.

Jensen told the SBARE that the search for a permanent chair in the Animal and Range Sciences Department is in process.

Cole Gustafson and Sharon Anderson distributed copies of a progress report on legislative initiatives from the past three bienniums and reviewed the report with board members.

Following a lunch break, the SBARE reconvened with members of the ND Livestock Endowment Foundation Research Committee speaking to the board. Jack Dahl, Gordon McLean, and Wade Moser distributed a proposal for a beef cattle initiative. They are seeking funds for the initiative and stated their purpose in attending this meeting was to solicit of support from SBARE. Discussion followed on how this proposal fits with the BeefLine initiative already developed and submitted by SBARE.

Chairman Doan stated that SBARE would like to work cooperatively with the research committee to develop a progressive livestock research program in North Dakota, but there is a process in place for evaluating and submitting budget requests. Doan asked the group to consider a scaled back version of their request, working with the Carrington Research Extension Center and SBARE.

Jack Dahl stated that the research committee was very anxious to get started with their research proposal and did not agree that BeefLine addressed their proposed needs.

Burdell Johnson requested more specific information and a more definite plan before supporting the committee's proposal.

Jody Hauge suggested the BeefLine initiative be presented at the ND Stockmen's convention the end of September.

Cole Gustafson reported that he met recently with Blaine Schatz, Paul Nyren, Kris Ringwall, Tim Faller and Greg Lardy to discuss NDSU research programs and missions, administration of the programs, locations of programs, and budget related issues. Those discussions will continue with the goal being to make livestock research in North Dakota more effective and more efficient.

Jody Hauge made a motion to support the ND Livestock Endowment Foundation Research Committee's efforts to seek extramural funding and public support for their proposed initiative. The motion failed for lack of a second.

Ryan Brooks made a motion to authorize the SBARE livestock subcommittee to send a letter to the ND Livestock Endowment Foundation Research Committee on behalf of SBARE. Tom Archbold seconded the motion, which passed.

Tom Archbold made a motion to include a copy of the ND Livestock Endowment Foundation Research Committee proposal with the September 18 meeting minutes. Neal Fisher seconded the motion, which passed.

The meeting adjourned at 4 p.m.
Recorded by Margaret Olson


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