Urquhart joins the North Dakota State Board of Agricultural Research and Education – Agweek

Mark Urquhart recently joined the North Dakota State Board of Agricultural Research and Education.

Urquhart began his term July 1, 2021. He will serve a four-year term and represent North Dakota State University Extension’s multi-county program for Units 7 and 8, which encompass a 10-county area in south-central Dakota. North.

Although Urquhart has a deep passion for the farming industry, he didn’t have the typical farming experience growing up. But that didn’t stop him from finding his way to a farm at a young age.

“I don’t come from a family farm, but I started working on a farm when I was 10, mowing grass, weeding gardens and milking cows,” he said. he declares.

Urquhart is originally from Nova Scotia, but has lived in North Dakota for nearly two decades. After graduating from high school, he pursued studies in agriculture at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College, as it was then called.

“We’ve been blessed to live in North Dakota for the past 19 years and I’m pretty proud to live here because it’s such an agricultural-friendly state. Farmers are highly respected and there are a lot of great producers here,” Urquhart said. “We are very humbled to live in such a large farming community.”

Urquhart believes SBARE greatly helps farmers and growers in North Dakota, collecting credible data from all corners of the state. Their goal is to collect data from all agricultural groups and determine where to prioritize extension research activities at North Dakota State University. In terms of legislation, it also aims to serve as a consistent voice in North Dakota agriculture.

“There are many growing regional differences throughout the state of North Dakota,” he said. “All the great technology and equipment has brought agriculture into a new era here, but what’s going to keep the industry economically and environmentally sustainable is giving more tools farmers in the toolbox, namely varieties.”

Urquhart looks forward to serving his four years at SBARE and helping to bridge the gap between farmers and the public.

“There is a huge disconnect between the terrain and the fork. Now that we are two or three generations away from the farm, there is a lot of misinformation about the industry. But I’ll tell you what, there’s no one on earth who cares more about the environment or sustainability than the farmer,” Urquhart said.

Lana T. Arthur