College of Agriculture
Northern Agricultural Research Center
Northern Agricultural Research Center
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Montana Agricultural Experiment
Station's Mission Statement
The Montana State University Agricultural Experiment Station's mission as established
in 1893 by state statute is "to conduct and promote studies, scientific
investigations and experiments relating to agriculture, natural resources and rural life
and to diffuse information thereby acquired among the people of Montana." Thus, the
station fulfills the agricultural research component of Montana State University's federal
Land Grant University mission of teaching, research and extension.
Economical & Ecological
Solutions Work Together
The Northern Agricultural Research Center near Havre is a part of the Montana
Agricultural Experiment Station headquartered at Montana State University. The center was
established in 1915 on the site of what was once Fort Assinniboine, a military post
established in the 1880's. The goal of its researchers is to serve Montana farmers and
ranchers by seeking more profitable ways to produce, market and use agricultural products.
As all of us have become aware of the environmental costs of our way of life, more
researchers have added components to their studies to make sure that the answers developed
for agricultural production are environmentally as well as economically sound. The two are
compatible, because agricultural production is most profitable
and has the least impact on the environment when inputs are limited to those necessary to
meet plant or animal needs.
Modern and Traditional Techniques
Agricultural researchers use a combination of modern and traditional techniques to
develop new cultivation techniques and more productive plants and animals.
For instance, Montana grows some of the highest quality cereal crops in the world--like
wheat, barley and oats. To be able to do that, producers rely
on researchers to develop new cultivation methods and new varieties that have better
yields, and are resistant to insects and disease. If a wheat plant can resist
an insect or disease, the producer does not have to pay for pesticide and still provides a
high-quality product that is turned into food for your table.
Montana producers raise cattle that are famous for their economical growth characteristics. These characteristics have been "built"
into the cattle by techniques developed, in part, by scientists at this research center.
In the case of both plants and animals, Montana producers and researchers work together
to find out what works best. This joint effort occurs both on research centers and in
cooperative trials on producer's farms and ranches.
Many Research Projects
The Northern Agricultural Research Center has approximately 500 acres of cropland 6000
acres of rangeland used for crop, beef cattle and range management research. Normally 350
beef cows and 300 calves are used in different projects.
One of the most visible differences between the MSU Northern Agricultural Research
Center and Montana farms is that the crop scientists work on small
"plots" rather than large fields. This reduces the effect of field variability
on research results and lets researchers test hundreds of plant varieties or crop management treatments each year. Research results are shared with
scientists at Montana State University and other universities across the nation.
Results Tailored to Your Needs
Research needs are identified by working with an advisory committee of area
producers. As a federal and state tax supported facility, results of research at the
Center are available to the public. Current research information is available from
researchers during informal visits and at the Center's field day. This annual event gives
visitors a first hand look at research projects. Some results are published in research
journals or publications available at your local MSU Extension office. Information
is also disseminated via print and broadcast news media.
Near Havre, Montana
The Northern Agricultural Research Center is located about seven miles southwest of
Havre on U.S. Highway 87. Normal office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
For more information, please write to us.