The Main Station of the North Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station is located in the northwest corner of Fargo, with research land and buildings on the north and west edges of the North Dakota State University campus. Approximately 2,300 acres accommodate 500 employees in the departments of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Biological Systems Engineering, Animal and Range Science, Biochemistry, Veterinary and Microbiological Sciences, Cereal Science, Plant Science, Entomology, Plant Pathology and Soil Science, as well as some research positions in the College of Human Development and Education.
The Northern Crops Institute, N.D. State Seed Department, N.D. Agricultural Statistics Service, N.D. Census Center and USDA's Northern Crop Science and Bioscience Research Laboratories are also located on the NDSU campus. The close affiliation of scientific interests and physical location of these programs provides a solid research nucleus to concentrate on state, regional and national needs in agricultural research.
The NDAES Main Station's program includes research on crop production and management, livestock production and management, agricultural finance, marketing, policy analysis, and the processing and use of agricultural products. Special emphasis is given to several aspects of rural life and North Dakota population changes.
Scientists based at the Main Station do research under local conditions and work with Experiment Station and Extension staff throughout the state. Nearly 400 acres of Main Station land is intensely cultivated and maintained in orderly, research plots. These experiments are carefully designed and replicated to simulate large-scale farming enterprises in order to test new varieties of plants and experimental ways of raising them more efficiently and effectively.
Livestock research is conducted in several groups of buildings on the northwest side of campus, including dairy, beef, swine, and sheep barns. The NDSU Animal Research Facility at the northwestern edge of campus is scheduled for expansion and remodeling pending funding from the 1997 state legislature. This expanded facility will allow Experiment Station scientists to further investigate problems related to livestock growth, reproduction and health.
Dr. Cole Gustafson, Director