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History of the NPRL
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"It Takes a Community..."

Marshall C. Lamb, Ph.D.
Research Leader, the National Peanut Research Laboratory

The old saying "It takes a community..." has been used for many years to describe the collective actions of like-minded citizens to accomplish a goal. This saying is certainly true of the citizens and businesses of Dawson and Terrell County, whose actions years ago ultimately decided the location of the USDA, ARS National Peanut Research Laboratory (originally called, Peanut Marketing Laboratory). The history of how the idea for such a laboratory was conceived, the struggles to get the laboratory approved, and the decision on where to locate the laboratory are all very interesting.  (read more)

Overview of the NPRL