The National Corn Growers Association's Corn Board last week said Fargo, N.D., would be the site of the National Agricultural Genotyping Center, beating out Decatur, Ill.
The final decision follows careful deliberations by the site selection committee, who visited both Illinois and North Dakota to assess a possible location for the Center, and NCGA's Research and Business Development Action Team, NCGA said.
"This is a first-time-ever, huge step for a farmer-led association that gives growers more influence on research agendas," said Dr. Richard Vierling, director of research at NCGA. "This can help growers increase production and lower costs. We're really excited about Fargo and the commitment from the many forward-thinking people involved in this project."
The site selection committee, which includes Vierling, Pete Snyder, Bob Bowman, Bob Timmons, Phil Gordon and Chad Willis, was chosen to conduct these visits by the Research and Business Development Action Team, and come from states which did not submit proposals.
The report submitted following the visits was based upon the team assessment of selection criteria determined by the team for use in deliberations over the final recommendation. The Corn Board approved the final recommendation during a meeting held Friday.
The site visits followed a July vote taken by the Research and Business Development Team narrowing the final list of site location proposals under consideration.
The National Agricultural Genotyping Center will translate scientific discoveries, such as the information from the maize genome project, into solutions for production agriculture, food safety, functional foods, bioenergy and national security.
The NAGC partnership brings together NCGA and Los Alamos National Laboratory, the premier research institution in the world with a proven track record in developing high-throughput genotyping technology.