NDSU Williston Research Extension Center, New Director Funk, To Deliver Wheat Show Welcome Address

Dr. Sam Funk, NDSU Williston Research Extension Center director, will welcome guests to the 71st Annual Wheat Show along with Brian Kaae, Wheat Show treasurer, at 8 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 1. Funk, who began his appointment on Dec. 18, 2023, is looking forward to introducing himself to area farmers, ranchers and the business community.

Funk is an expert in farm and ranch management, agricultural policy and evaluation of on-farm technology adoption.

"He brings a wealth of experience and expertise in production economics to the center," says Greg Lardy, NDSU Agricultural Affairs vice president. "He is a recognized expert in farm and ranch management, agricultural policy and evaluation of on-farm technology adoption."

Prior to joining NDSU, Funk has served in significant roles with the United Soybean Board, Rabobank and the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation.

He looks forward to joining NDSU to continue bringing research-based information to northwest North Dakota and the broader region.

"I am excited about the mission we have to continue to expand opportunities for farmers, ranchers and other stakeholders in northwestern North Dakota and beyond," says Funk. "The Williston Research Extension Center combines the efforts of outstanding researchers and staff while serving as a hub for Extension programs."

The center will continue its role in improving crop varieties available to match cropping systems in the region. Foundation seedstock production and germplasm evaluation and improvement will remain key functions of the center.

"Collaborating with farmers, ranchers and stakeholders to address needs with applied research and economics is a professional calling," adds Funk. "I look forward to working with my colleagues to develop Extension content with effective solutions." The 71st Annual National Hard Spring Wheat Show begins at 8 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 1, at the Grand Hotel in Williston.


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