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J. F. Carter Endowment

A program of excellence for integrated crop production, research and education

Department of Plant Sciences

College of Agriculture

North Dakota State University

About the Endowment

The fund will provide a source for the permanent support of a teacher/researcher in crop production in the Department of Plant Sciences that:

  • Emphasizes a research, teaching and extension program that integrates all production variables in one package, including plant breeding and crop evaluation.
  • This holistic outlook will provide the basis to excel in maximum economic benefit, preservation of soil quality and fertility, and while using best pest control management; all as related to producing best crop quality and value.
  • Will provide vision to seek and evaluate alternative crops, practices, market and utilization that will lead to a more profitable agriculture in North Dakota.
  • Will evaluate and incorporate the rapidly advancing technologies for precision farming and site specific agriculture into an integrated crop paradigm of the future.
  • Will elucidate and publish fundamental concepts of plant growth and the accumulation of value in the products of plants in order to provide a framework for continued advances of integrated crop production.

In addition, the fund will provide the increase for the accumulation of brain power at NDSU if North Dakota and U.S. agriculture are to remain strong in the face of global competition. It is crucial, therefore, that the Department of Plant Sciences attracts outstanding students and faculty to its graduate programs. To do this, we will need:

  • Excellent and continuing graduate fellowship stipends.
  • State of the art science equipment and technology.
  • Opportunities and support for graduate students to attend and present papers at professional meetings.


Jack F. CarterAbout J. F. Carter

Teacher, mentor, scientist and administrator, Dr. J. F. Carter joined the faculty at North Dakota State University in 1950. From 1960 to 1987, Dr. Carter served as chair of the Department of Agronomy, now Plant Sciences. He earned a Bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska, a Master of Science degree in 1947 from Washington State University, and PhD in 1950 from the University of Wisconsin, all in agronomy. He served in the U.S. Navy, 1942-1945, in WWII.

Dr. Carter was instrumental in the process through which NDSU became a PhD granting institution in 1950. He subsequently led the department in building a highly respected graduate program. He and his wife, Imogene, served as hosts and advisers to dozens of graduate students and their families from throughout the United States and the world. His skills as a teacher were recognized by students in 1979 when he was awarded the Alpha Zeta Agricultural Teacher of the Year Award, and in 1990 when he received the Blue Key Outstanding Educator Award. Students often remarked of his grain grading course that it was "the best course and the best teacher I have had at NDSU."

NDSU and North Dakota have also benefited from Dr. Carter's commitment to research. He was instrumental in strengthening the department's respected plant breeding program and in initiating a weed science research group, and is a recognized expert in the area of grain grading and on seedstocks and seed distribution systems.

Dr. Carter served as president of the Crop Science Society of America and on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Agronomy. He was elected a fellow of both organizations. He received the Polish Badge of Merit in Agriculture from Agricultural University of Poznan in 1977. Also a charted member, CSSA representative and president of CAST, Council for Agriculture Science and Technology.

Following his retirement, he was named Professor Emeritus. He continued to teach the department's grain grading course and served as president of the Flax Institute of the United States since 1972, and continuing after his retirement in 1987. In 1995 he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from North Dakota State University, and Loftsgard Hall 102 was dedicated as the J. F. Carter Lecture Room in his honor.  Dr. Carter passed away in 2011.


How You Can Help

  • Your contribution to the J. F. Carter Endowment will honor an outstanding teacher and scholar who has helped shape the careers of generations of undergraduate and graduate students.
  • You will help attract outstanding students to graduate programs in the Department of Plant Sciences at NDSU.
  • You will help ensure continued excellence in a graduate program that Jack Carter helped build into one of the finest in the country.

The Carter Endowment is part of the Agricultural Development for North Dakota State University. For more information, contact the NDSU Development Foundation at (701) 231-8971 or e-mail

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