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APLU Meetings Calendar

2017 Fall ESS/AES/ARD Meeting and Workshop

  • September 25-28, 2017
  • Hyatt at the Bellevue, Philadelphia, PA
  • Meeting Website

2017 APLU Annual Meeting

2018 Joint CARET/AHS Meeting

2018 NCRA Spring Meeting

  • April 2-4, 2018
  • The Chase Park Plaza Royal Sonesta Hotel, St. Louis, MO
  • More info coming soon

Contact Information

North Central Regional Association of State Agricultural Experiment Station Directors (NCRA)

Dr. Jeff Jacobsen, Executive Director
jjacobsn (at)
446 West Circle, Room 109H
Justin S. Morrill Hall of Agriculture
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824
Phone: (517) 884-7965

Christina Hamilton, Assistant Director
(NIMSS and Multistate Project Contact)
christina.hamilton (at)
205E Agriculture Hall
1450 Linden Dr.
Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 262-2349
Fax: (608) 265-4528


The North Central Regional Association (NCRA) of Agricultural Experiment Station Directors is one of five regional associations with responsibility for facilitating cooperation of regional and national research. The research is supported in part by the Multistate Research Fund (MRF), which is a federal appropriation authorized by the Hatch Act. Additional support comes from other federal programs as well as state and private sources. The research program focuses on regional priorities that are identified and developed jointly by State Agricultural Experiment Station (SAES) Directors, Departmental Chairs and participating scientists.

NCRA Featured Images, Projects, and Impact Statements

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NC1030 is helping family-owned businesses succeed.

Congrats to the graduates of the first North Central Regional Admin Boot Camp!

NCERA101: Controlled Environment Technology

NC1193: Influencing Healthy Habits Among Young Adults

Dr. Steve Slack, emeritus Ohio State University AES director, receives the 2016 ESS Excellence in Leadership Award.

Congrats to our fellow AES friends, Carolyn Brooks and Dan Rossi, for their induction into the 2016 NIFA Hall of Fame!

NCRA Assistant Director, Chris Hamilton, models the new mandatory NCRA spring meeting head-wear.

Mangoes! Martex Farms shows the NCRA around their Puerto Rico mango plantation.

The NCRA tours a tomato farm and packing plant in southern Puerto Rico.

The NCRA spring meeting 2016 group enjoyed a wonderful visit to the Puerto Rico Agricultural Experiment Station!

Winner of the 2008 ESCOP Excellence in Multistate Research Award, NC229: Detection and Control of Swine Viral Diseases

Our own NC140 wins the 2015 National Excellence in Multistate Research Award!

Congratulations to Dr. Steve Slack, Ohio State University (OSU) Associate VP for Ag Administration and OARDC Director, on winning the NIFA Hall of Fame Award!

NC1180: Controlling Poultry Respiratory Diseases

NC1173: Solutions to Problems Affecting Honeybee Health

NCERA214 committee members have improved sheep production sustainability and revenue.

NCERA3: Soil Survey and Interpretation

NC213: Quality Grains and Processing Co-Products

NC1042: Managing Sustainable Dairy Farms

NC1170: Improving Poultry Genetics

NCERA197: Agricultural Safety and Health

NC1172: The Complex Nature of Saving: Psychological and Economic Factors. Few Americans save, leaving families and communities vulnerable.

NC7: Conservation, Management, Enhancement and Utilization of Plant Genetic Resources

NCERA199: Implementation and Strategies for National Beef Cattle Evaluation

NCERA193: IPM Strategies for Arthropod Pests and Diseases in Nurseries and Landscapes

NCERA219: Swine Production Management to Enhance Animal Welfare

NC1168: Regulating Photosynthesis

NC1039: Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Human Health

NCERA101: Controlled Environment Use and Technology

NC1035: Practical Management of SCN and Other Nematodes of Regional Importance: With Special Reference to Invasive Biology

NCERA208: Response to Emerging Threat: Soybean Rust

NCERA59: Soil Organic Matter: Formation, Function and Management

NCCC22: Small Fruit and Viticulture Research

NCCC42: Swine Nutrition Committee

NC1032: Assessing Nitrogen Mineralization and Other Diagnostic Criteria to Refine Nitrogen Rates for Crops and Minimize Losses Using Stage

NC1033: Systems Analyses of the Relationships of Agriculture and Food Systems to Community Health