(Posted Wed. Jun 3rd, 2015)
In today’s agricultural environment of uncertain commodity prices, input costs and research funding, market development is critical. Last week, USDA Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden and U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp visited the Fargo, N.D., site of the National Agricultural Genotyping Center to draw attention to the importance agricultural business development plays in maintaining a strong U.S. agricultural industry.
Sen. Heitkamp, a member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, has been working hard on behalf of agriculture to support crop production and genomics research programs. Deputy Secretary Harden views the center as a possible model for future public-private partnerships.
“New businesses drive innovation and offer choices to farmers,” said NCGA Director of Research and New Uses Rick Vierling, Ph.D. “The National Agricultural Genotyping Center was created to provide farmers, researchers and companies with cost effective, relevant, and breakthrough technologies. NCGA wants to be at the forefront in creating economic opportunities for corn farmers.”
The National Ag Genotyping Center, a non-profit initiative founded by NCGA and Los Alamos National Laboratory, will focus on the areas of production agriculture, food safety, functional foods, bioenergy and national security. Lab construction is scheduled to be completed in late summer.