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Dr. Jose G. Franco , Jr. joined the staff at the Northern Great Plains Research Laboratory in June. Franco is a post-doctoral research associate responsible for improving our understanding of the ecological interactions between crops in integrated cropping systems. His work will focus on species interactions in both conventional and organic mixed cropping systems and how they affect short- and long-term yields, and their ability to enhance ecosystem services and build resiliency into production systems. Jose’s previous research includes working on multi-species organic intercropping of vegetables to reduce plant heat stress and maximize total food production and on integrated cropping approaches to reduce salt stress on watermelon and introduce value-added crops in Texas.



Jeremy Bauer has joined the administrative staff as the new Purchasing Agent. He is a longtime Mandan resident. Jeremy has an extensive background in purchasing, sales, and inventory control. He previously was with Balancing Professionals.



Joseph Stegmiller has joined the cattle research program at NGPRL. Joseph is a native of Flasher, ND and graduated from NDSU with a Bachelors in Zoology and a Masters in Entomology. He was previously employed at the Morton County Soil Conservation District.



Justin Feld has rejoined the NGPRL as a Biological Technician under Dr. Mark Liebig. Justin comes to the NGPRL from the North Dakota Department of Health: Environmental Health Section. He received his degree from Paul Smith’s College in Saranac Lake, N.Y. and is originally from Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Last Modified: 6/23/2015
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