On The Farm: Extension Agents Needed | VideoNick Dreyer | 5/9/2012
Funded by the taxpayer, NDSU provides farmers and ranchers unbiased and independent information to make their operation better. And in every county but one in North Dakota, sits a county agent willing to share this information with farmers.
But just in the last year and a half, five agents in central North Dakota with 150 years of combined experience have left. Fisher, the Director for the NDSU Research Extension Center, one of eight like in the state, says its been the same for him. Right now he`s short two researchers and he continues to lose employees to private sector ag.
Fisher says on a per capita basis, the NDSU system is funded highly compared to other states, but because of the strong ag sector here, its been harder to compete.
NDSU also has a county agent in training program that they say works well.