North Dakota Annual State Report

Project Overview

Project Type: PDP State Program
Funds awarded in 2017: $110,000.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2018
Grant Recipient: North Dakota State University
Region: North Central
State: North Dakota
State Coordinator:
Dr. Karl Hoppe
North Dakota State Univerity CREC


  • Agronomic: barley, buckwheat, canola, corn, grass (misc. annual), hops, millet, oats, peas (field, cowpeas), potatoes, rye, spelt, sunflower, triticale, wheat
  • Fruits: apples, berries (blueberries), cherries
  • Vegetables: cauliflower, garlic, lentils, onions, peppers, sweet corn, tomatoes, turnips
  • Additional Plants: native plants, ornamentals, trees
  • Animals: bees, bovine, goats, poultry, rabbits, sheep, swine
  • Animal Products: eggs, honey, meat


  • Animal Production: feed/forage, grazing management, grazing - multispecies, grazing - rotational, heritage breeds, manure management, meat processing, meat processing facilities, meat product quality/safety, pasture renovation, rangeland/pasture management, stocking rate, stockpiled forages, watering systems, winter forage
  • Crop Production: beekeeping, biological inoculants, conservation tillage, cover crops, cropping systems, crop rotation, double cropping, food product quality/safety, high tunnels or hoop houses, intercropping, low tunnels, no-till, nutrient cycling, pollinator habitat, relay cropping, water management, windbreaks
  • Education and Training: demonstration, display, extension, farmer to farmer, networking, on-farm/ranch research, participatory research, technical assistance, workshop, youth education
  • Energy: byproduct utilization
  • Farm Business Management: apprentice/intern training, community-supported agriculture, cooperatives, farm-to-restaurant, farmers' markets/farm stands, farm succession, land access, new enterprise development, value added
  • Natural Resources/Environment: carbon sequestration, drift/runoff buffers, habitat enhancement, wetlands
  • Pest Management: physical control, weather monitoring
  • Production Systems: dryland farming, integrated crop and livestock systems, organic agriculture, transitioning to organic
  • Soil Management: composting, green manures, organic matter
  • Sustainable Communities: local and regional food systems

    Proposal abstract:

    North Dakota SARE continues to expand its development of partnerships with the nongovernmental organizations, Tribal colleges, Natural Resource Conservation service, and soil conservation districts. ND SARE provides a close relationship with the university outreach through educating and collaborating with NDSU Extension educators. The greatest successes for the ND SARE PDP in North Dakota have been with educators working with NGOs and NDSU. Limited success has occurred with Tribal College outreach programs due to turn over in tribal leadership but efforts to seek partners and expanded outreach will continue. Partnering will continue with Soil Conservation Districts and the Natural Resource Conservation Service which have resulted in several successful projects.

    Extension in North Dakota continues to be county-based and regionally supported with Research Extension Centers and state faculty at NDSU Fargo Campus. Extension activities at the 1994 Land grant Tribal colleges in North Dakota are encouraged. NDSU continues to be a strong supporter of the SARE program and sustainable agriculture across the sciences. While NDSU doesn’t have specific state funding for sustainable agriculture education and outreach, NDSU does have faculty for livestock and environmental stewardship.

    The transition in the ND SARE program to the appointment of Co-Coordinators to lead the project is working quite well. More outreach, enhanced communication, and an increase in funded professional development program have occurred with the change to two co-coordinators. These co-coordinators are based in a county office and regionally at a Research Extension Center. The goals and objectives of the program have not changed. ND SARE continues to enhance sustainable agriculture education in the state and develop the knowledge base of educators and clientele.

    Project objectives from proposal:

    The five initiatives proposed in this plan are:

    1) Soil Health and Water Quality

    2) Local Foods and Diversified Agriculture

    3) Livestock Sustainability Education and Nurturing

    4) Teaching Youth Through Agriculture

    5) Sustainability Through Economic and Succession Planning

    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.