NDSU genotyping center: Goehring hails selection

Staff Writer
Devils Lake Journal
North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring

Special to the DL Journal

BISMARCK – Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring said Friday, that the selection of North Dakota State University for new USDA National Agricultural Genotyping Center is great news for North Dakota, NDSU and the North Dakota Corn Growers.

“Thanks to their efforts and the leadership of Sen. John Hoeven, North Dakota will now boast a world-class research facility whose impact will be felt throughout the nation and around the world,” Goehring said. “They made a strong case that North Dakota with its agricultural diversity was the best possible site for the new facility.”

Backed by a public/private partnership of research and trade organizations including the National Corn Growers Association, the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, and the Los Alamos National Laboratory, the new research center will develop a single test to detect and monitor all known diseases of corn. Production of other crops will eventually benefit from the new technology.

“Food safety will also be enhanced by this new test which will provide fast tracking of rapid test methods for pathogens in packaging,” Goehring said. “Field kits will enable on-site testing, rather than sending samples back to a laboratory.”

Goehring said the new center will also provide avenues for research in animal agriculture.

Operations at the new center are expected to begin in October.