Urquhart joins the North Dakota State Board of Agricultural Research and Education
Urquhart began his tenure on July 1, 2021. He will serve a four-year term and will represent the North Dakota State University Extension multi-county program for Units 7 and 8, which encompass a 10-county region in south-central Canada. North Dakota.
Although Urquhart had 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’m not from a family farm, but I started working on a farm when I was 10, mowing the grass, weeding the gardens and milking the cows,” he said. .
Urquhart is originally from Nova Scotia, but has lived in North Dakota for almost two decades. After graduating from high school, he went on to study agriculture at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College, which he called at the time.
“We’ve been fortunate to live in North Dakota for the past 19 years and I’m quite proud to live there because it’s such a good farming state. Farmers are highly respected and there are a lot of great producers here, ”said Urquhart. “We are very honored to live in such a large farming community. “
Urquhart believes SBARE is helping farmers and growers in North Dakota immensely, collecting credible data from all corners of the state. Their goal is to collect data from all farm 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 cohesive voice in North Dakota agriculture.
“There are many growing regional differences across the state of North Dakota,” he said. “All the technology and all the equipment that is great and has brought agriculture into a new era here, but what will ensure the sustainability of the industry from an economic and environmental point of view is to give more farmers tools in the toolbox, namely varieties. “
Urquhart looks forward to serving his four years with SBARE and helping to bridge the gap between farmers and the public.
“There is a huge disconnect between the pitch and the fork. Now that we are two or three generations from the farm, there is a lot of misinformation out there about the industry. But I’ll tell you, there is no one on earth who is more concerned about the environment or sustainability than the farmer, ”said Urquhart.