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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Northern Great Plains
Research Laboratory

The Northern Great Plains Research Laboratory (NGPRL) in Mandan, ND, is one of more than 120 Agricultural Research Service (ARS) facilities in the U.S.

The NGPRL was established by Congress on August 8, 1912 to respond to the needs of farmers and ranchers of the Northern Plains.  Research began in 1914 on vegetables, shrubs, ornamentals, berries, fruits, wheat, flax, forages, grazing management, windbreaks and forestry.

The current vision of the Laboratory is the development of economically and environmentally sustainable integrated crop and livestock management systems to help preserve the family farm.


NGPRL Mission

To develop environmentally sound practices and add value to agricultural systems in the Great Plains in terms of food, feed, and biomass by conducting team-focused, systems-oriented research and technology transfer.


Last Modified: 9/18/2013
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