Dhuyvetter joins ND State Board of Agricultural Research and Education

Livestock farmer makes the move after a long, rewarding career in Extension education.

John Dhuyvetter joins the North Dakota State Board of Agricultural Research and Education. (Contributed photo)

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

“I am pleased to be given the chance to participate on this board, I look forward to it all. This is right up my lane of interests and I am so happy to be on it,” Dhuyvetter said.

Dhuyvetter is no stranger to the agriculture industry. Born and raised in North Dakota, Dhuyvetter grew up on his family’s farm. While he was getting a degree in agriculture at NDSU, he still helped out on the family farm and kept up his involvement in the operation.

Following graduation, Dhuyvetter started his career in Extension education in 1978. Originally Dhuyvetter started his career as a Barnes County Extension agent but then became an extension livestock systems specialist for the remainder of his career, something he thoroughly enjoyed.

“Livestock is a passion of mine; to work with the wonderful producers of the state and try to bring them the newest information and help them, I found it 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 farming, now running his family’s farm. Dhuyvetter runs a cow-calf operation on his farm while also raising cash crops such as canola, peas, lentils, wheat and some soybeans as well, keeping his farm diversified. Dhuyvetter is also a member of The North Dakota Stockmen's Association.

While farming takes up much of Dhuvyetter’s time, he knew joining the North Dakota State Board of Agricultural Research and Education was something that he could not pass up.

“I look forward to keeping in tune with the happenings of NDSU and also, more importantly, sitting at the table and representing people that are looking at the times of a tight budget,” Dhuyvetter said.

The North Dakota State Board of Agricultural Research and Education meets periodically throughout the year to discuss the funding and policymaking toward North Dakota agriculture.

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

“We have to keep this ag industry doing what it does. Providing for our rural communities, generating state wealth, it is all so important,” Dhuyvetter said.

Emily grew up on a small grains and goat farm in southern Ohio. After graduating from The Ohio State University, she moved to Fargo, North Dakota to pursue a career in ag journalism with Agweek. She enjoys reporting on livestock and local agricultural businesses.
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