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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Cal R. Thorson

Technical Information Specialist

Cal Thorson became the first Technical Information Specialist in the USDA Agricultural Research Service in 2002. Since leaving the farm at Wing, ND, he earned baccalaureate degrees at NDSU and a masters from UND, taught high school, was a USAF Nuclear Launch Control Officer in the Minuteman Missile silos, was a marketing professional in both crop and livestock industries for two decades, led national marketing teams, North Dakota’s agribusiness trade organization, the Soil & Water Conservation Society, and the Manitoba-North Dakota Zero Tillage Farmers Association. Thorson joined the USDA Agricultural Research Service to increase the organization’s customer focus and the impact of USDA-ARS research for family farmers and ranchers.


Last Modified: 12/5/2012