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Precision Ag Summit 2018 Presentations

The 7th Precision Agriculture Action Summit welcomed more than 225 participants to North Dakota Farmers Union in Jamestown on January 15 & 16, 2018.

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Red River Valley Research Corridor History

In early 2002, Senator Dorgan convened a meeting with the presidents of North Dakota state universities and colleges to propose a bold new program to draw millions of federal research dollars to North Dakota. Dorgan started a process that has stimulated a cycle of federal research and economic development in our state and is helping to develop our major universities into world-class research institutions, as well as to bring high-tech industries to the state.

In December 2006, North Dakota State University researcher Dr. Larry Leistritz released an economic impact study of the Red River Valley Research Corridor (RRVRC) that shows the growth of the high-tech industry in North Dakota since its conception in 2002. The report showed that the Research Corridor initiative has generated $759 million in positive economic impact and added 10,600 jobs to the regional economy. In October 2008, Senator Dorgan set a goal of doubling the Red River Valley Research Corridor job impact by 2015, which would bring the total amount of jobs created to 20,000.

In June 2008, a study released by the Milken Institute, a nationally recognized, independent economic think tank, showed that the North Dakota research industry is the fastest-growing in the nation.

In May 2010, Inc. Magazine recognized the Red River Valley Research Corridor as one of the 20 areas nationwide "where great ideas are born".

As a senior member of the U.S. Senate's Appropriations Committee, Senator Dorgan has worked vigorously to increase high-tech research and development in North Dakota. Since 2002 nearly $700 million in federal investments have been directed to Red River Valley Research Corridor activities.

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