CENTER, N.D. — The State Board of Agricultural Research and Education for North Dakota has to figure out how to fund the North Dakota State University Extension Service in light of a more than $4 million decrease in funding from the Legislature. One proposal would change the balance of funding between the state and counties, including a big difference for six of the state's least populated counties. If SBARE goes ahead with the proposal, the counties of Golden Valley, Logan, Oliver, Sheridan, Slope and Steele could be priced out of having their own county extension offices.
MOTT, N.D. — The dust blows off the combine in puffs as Brad Steiner points the air compressor wand. Steiner spent part of Aug. 1 servicing the combine because a little spattering of rain the night before stopped him temporarily from harvesting wheat — a bit of irony since the lack of rain has led to increased dust and a subpar crop. Like other farmers and ranchers across the Dakotas and Montana, Steiner is making due the best he can as drought conditions continue to spread and intensify.