State Board of Agricultural Research and Education


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SBARE - Who we are and what we do

SBARE brochure SBARE Who We Are Aug2017 cover slide image  (PowerPoint attachment)


  • Established by legislative decree in 1997 as the State Board of Agricultural Research (SBAR).
  • Responsible for budgeting and policy-making associated with the supervision of the North Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station.
  • Law was changed to include responsibility for the North Dakota State University Extension Service during the 1999 legislative session.
  • SBAR became the State Board of Agricultural Research and Education (SBARE).


  • Determine the causes of any adverse economic impacts on crops and livestock produced in the state
  • Develop ongoing strategies for the provision of research solutions and resources to negate adverse economic impacts on crops and livestock produced in this state
  • Develop proactive strategies for the Extension Service to fulfill the mission of improving the lives and livelihood of the citizens of North Dakota by providing research-based education
  • Implement the strategies developed under subsections 2 and 3, subject to approval by the State Board of Higher Education (SBHE)
  • Develop, with the North Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station and Extension Service, an annual budget for the operations of these entities
  • Develop a biennial budget request based on its prioritized needs list and submit that request to the President of NDSU and the SBHE, and forward its prioritized needs list and request without modification to the Office of Management and Budget and the appropriations committees of the legislative assembly
  • Maximize the use of existing financial resources, equipment and facilities to generate the greatest economic benefit from research and extension efforts and to promote efficiency
  • Annually evaluate the results of research and extension activities and expenditures, and report the findings to the Legislative Council and the SBHE
  • Advise the President of NDSU regarding the recruitment, selection and performance of the Vice President for Agriculture Affairs, the Extension Service Director and the Station Director
  • Provide a status report to the budget section of the Legislative Council


  • NDSU President or the President’s designee
  • NDSU Vice President for Agricultural Affairs*
  • N.D. Agricultural Experiment Station Director*
  • NDSU Extension Service Director*
  • Five people appointed by Ag Coalition
  • Five people appointed in the geographic areas represented by the Extension Service’s multicounty program units
  • N.D. Agriculture Commissioner*
  • Two members of the legislative assembly appointed by the chair of Legislative Council

* serve in ex-officio, nonvoting capacity

Current Members

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