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The New Frontier: A Love Affair with Ag

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"Northern Ag Research Center has been a major part of my life for a lot of years."

If it sounds like Mark Peterson is having a love affair with ag research, you're probably right.

The Northern Ag Research Center has been around since 1915, but when Mark and his colleague, Gregg Carlson, began working more closely in the early 80's to expand the Center, things really started to take off.

"He worked very, very well with a lot of people. If you see a lot of things here that are done today, that was Gregg. That's Gregg's design," says Peterson.

And now, decades later, hundreds of people still come to the center to learn the latest about Montana's number one industry that's showing no signs of slowing down.

"Since 1966 we've had over 300 percent increase in production, not just crops, beef cattle
everything, says Department Head Darrin Boss. And I really believe it has to do with progressive ranchers and farmers and the adaptation of research and research tools."

This past June, I was invited up to Havre for the annual field day event, where you'll speak to a lot of smart people.

That is... if you can keep up.

But if you're like me, and are just trying to understand the basics, researchers at the center want you to show up and learn something... mainly, to help crush all the misleading information out there.

"I guess I see a lot of it on the livestock side, people knocking dairy farmers and stuff. And people getting mad at it have never stepped foot into those kind of businesses," says Teresa Stevenson, intern at the Northern Ag Research Center.

"If you eat food every day, you
re involved in agriculture. So go out and see what these people are doing, learn something, ask questions," says Boss.

And we can thank this love affair, for all that learning...

Peterson, tearing up, says "You start building buildings
and all of a sudden, we're on our own ground... lot of dreams come true."

For more information about the Center and for tours, visit their website.

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