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NDSU to host National Agricultural Genotyping Center

WASHINGTON -- The National Agricultural Genotyping Center is heading to Fargo. The Red River Valley Agricultural Research Center at North Dakota State University will play home to the new center, according to a new release. Developed by the Natio...

WASHINGTON - The National Agricultural Genotyping Center is heading to Fargo.
The Red River Valley Agricultural Research Center at North Dakota State University will play home to the new center, according to a new release. Developed by the National Corn Growers Association and a consortium of partnering commodity organizations, the center will be a cutting edge agricultural research facility aimed at developing innovative new tests for plant diseases in corn, soybeans and other crops, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp said in the release.
“North Dakota’s agriculture industry is one of the leading economic drivers of our state and it’s essential we make sure farmers and researchers have the information and tools they need to do their jobs effectively,” said Heitkamp, D-N.D. “The innovation that will result will be incredibly beneficial to farmers, their families, and communities across North Dakota and will help our state remain an agricultural leader.”
Heitkamp led an effort to locate the center in Fargo, stating that North Dakota is an ideal location as it leads the nation in crop diversity with up to 42 different types of crops planted in the state any given year.
Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., also helped the Corn Growers pick the site.
“This is good news for North Dakota, especially our corn producers who will benefit from increased research aimed at better crop genetics that increase efficiencies,” Cramer said in a statement. “The selection of NDSU reinforces its reputation as a national hub for high caliber agricultural research.”

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