Since Morton County has moved into the High category for COVID-19 community level, we are not able to go forward with the event under the current USDA safety guidance, and Friends & Neighbors Day is CANCELLED.   We still plan to host Farming & Ranching for the Bottom Line in February 2023 and return with Friends & Neighbors Day in July 2023.   


Friends & Neighbors Day 2022 has been postponed.  The next event is scheduled for July 2023. 


The event at the Northern Great Plains Research Laboratory was last held July 18, 2019.


The annual free event, sponsored by the Area 4 SCD Cooperative Research Farm, allowed the public an opportunity to visit the beautiful USDA campus and learn about world-class Ag and environmental research in North Dakota. Throughout the afternoon, USDA employees offered presentations, tours, and a free afternoon-long barbecue.


The North Dakota Department of Agriculture hosted presentations on honey bees and other major topics of interest. The North Dakota Forest Service had walking & talking tree tours of the 107 year old campus trees. Morton and Burleigh County Extension provided a fun learning area for children of all ages.


Other USDA agencies (NRCS, Rural Development, etc.) hosted exhibits on their effort to support Agriculture and the economy.


Tours  departed for the the Area 4 SCD Research Farm studies, drone use in agriculture, crop interseeding, remote sensing and other research areas throughout the afternoon.


For more information on the 2019 or 2020 events, please call 701.667.3001 or the website for the Northern Great Plains Research Lab.


See you next year!

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