Purpose and Organization of the Board

The Sugarbeet Research and Education Board of Minnesota and North Dakota is organized exclusively for educational and scientific purposes to:

  1. Further develop the sugarbeet industry of North Dakota and Minnesota through coordinated research and educational programs.

  2. Provide a structure whereby sugarbeet interests can participate in and contribute to cooperative research and educational efforts.

  3. Identify needs for strengthening the sugarbeet industry and make recommendations for research and educational programs.

  4. Evaluate research and educational proposals funded by the Board.

  5. Serve as a forum for the sugarbeet industry in Minnesota and North Dakota.

The board funds research projects by universities and private researchers. In general these projects focus on sugarbeet production, although the board occasionally funds other projects of general interest to the valley sugarbeet industry.


The affairs of the Board are managed by a board of directors comprised of sugarbeet growers and representatives from American Crystal Sugar Company, Red River Valley Cooperative, Inc., Minn-Dak farmers Cooperative, Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative, North Dakota State University Cooperative Extension Service and Agricultural Experiment Station, University of Minnesota Agricultural Extension Service and Agricultural Experiment Station, and the United States Department of Agriculture, Agriculture Research Service.


The Board is funded by a check-off on each acre of sugarbeet planted. This is agrower self-help program which administers research and education programs to benefit sugarbeet growers.

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