Dhuyvetter joins the ND State Board of Agricultural Research and Education – Agweek

After a long and illustrious career with North Dakota State University Extension, John Dhuyvetter joined the North Dakota State Board of Agricultural Research and Education.

“I am happy to have the chance to participate in this council, I am looking forward to all of this. It is very much in my interests and I am so happy to be there,” said Dhuyvetter.

Dhuyvetter is no stranger to the agriculture industry. Born and raised in North Dakota, Dhuyvetter grew up on the family farm. While earning a degree in agriculture at NDSU, he still helped on the family farm and continued to be involved in the operation.

After graduating, Dhuyvetter began his career in extension education in 1978. Originally, Dhuyvetter began his career as a Barnes County Extension Officer but later became a specialist in extension livestock systems for the rest of his career, which he thoroughly enjoyed.

“Breeding is one of my passions; working with the wonderful producers in the state and trying to bring them the most up-to-date information and help them, I have found that to be extremely rewarding and good. We have great producers in this state that we should be proud of,” Dhuyvetter said.

Although Dhuyvetter retired from Extension last year, he is still heavily involved in agriculture, now running his family’s farm. Dhuyvetter operates a cow-calf operation on his farm while growing cash crops such as canola, peas, lentils, wheat and some soybeans, keeping his farm diversified. Dhuyvetter is also a member of the North Dakota Stockmen’s Association.

Although farming took up much of Dhuvyetter’s time, he knew that joining the North Dakota State Council of Agricultural Research and Education was something he couldn’t pass up.

“I look forward to staying up-to-date on NDSU events and also, more importantly, to sitting at the table and representing people looking forward to a time of tight budget,” Dhuyvetter said.

The North Dakota State Council of Agricultural Research and Education meets periodically throughout the year to discuss funding and policy development for North Dakota agriculture .

Dhuyvetter officially began his four-year term on the board in July 2020. Although he has not attended any board meetings so far, he is excited about the new venture.

“We need to keep this agriculture industry doing what it’s doing. Supporting our rural communities, generating wealth for the state, all of that is so important,” Dhuyvetter said.

Lana T. Arthur