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On The Farm: Advancing Agriculture

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From the horse drawn plow, to tractors that practically drive themselves, farming has advanced by leaps and bounds throughout history.

Located just a mile south of Minot, the North Central Research Extension Center has been helping to improve agriculture in North Dakota since 1945.

“Each of us serves a little different mission. We certainly represent a different geographic area of the state, as we work on the genetics and the production issues,” said Jay Fisher the director of the center.

The North Central Research Center is one of seven branch stations across the state with a focus on identifying the most productive genetic types of crops for the every changing landscape in the Peace Garden State.

“That's where we come in, testing a different environment about every 130 miles, and it does vary a lot across this state,” says Fisher.

The center was established with two goals in mind: to increase plant breed genetics and produce foundation grade seeds. But now, the research center has experts in everything from weed science, plant breeding, soil science and livestock production. Their scope has broadened to deal with a looming issue worldwide.

“If we're going to try to feed  nine billion people by the year 2050, we all have a lot of work to do. We take that challenge very seriously,” says Fisher.

It's all about combining the farming expertise of local producers, with the research knowledge of these centers to move agriculture forward.

“The producers, the farmers and the ranchers who are actually out there raising our food, keeping the calves and the lambs alive and the crops going here, what a wonderful group of people. They come with a great deal of experience and expertise. We couple that with our extension educators and the land grant university, where the research is done and the diagnostic labs are located. It's just a terrific network of teaching and learning,” said Fisher.

To find the Research Extension Center closest to you, log onto www.NDSU.edu/Extension.





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