Ostlie named Carrington Research Extension Center director

Ostlie will have the responsibility of pursuing excellence in agricultural research and educational programs at the CREC.

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Mike Ostlie has been appointed director of the North Dakota State University (NDSU) Carrington Research Extension Center (CREC).

As director of the CREC, Ostlie will have the responsibility of pursuing excellence in agricultural research and educational programs at the CREC. He will provide leadership for CREC staff and facilitate collaboration between CREC staff and other research and Extension professionals in the NDSU system.

Ostlie has been a research agronomist at CREC since 2012. His research program focused on novel approaches to improving crop management in the Great Plains for increased productivity in the region.

“Dr. Ostlie has much to offer the CREC and I look forward to working with him to move the center ahead and to continue to serve stakeholders from across the state,” says Greg Lardy, vice president for Agricultural Affairs at NDSU.


One of his first duties will be to begin the process of recruiting a research agronomist to fill the position he is vacating.

“I look forward to serving in this new role to foster innovative programming and research, build new relationships in the ag sector, and increase our efforts to support our rural communities,” Ostlie said.

The CREC is one of seven RECs that are part of the North Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station. The centers are placed strategically throughout the state to respond to issues and challenges in a particular area.

The CREC provides research on dryland and irrigated crop production practices, crop germplasm evaluation and improvement, crop fertility and crop nutrition, soil health and resource improvement, plant disease control and management, evaluation of new agricultural technologies, cropping systems and crop rotation research, crop-livestock nutrient management, integration of crop and livestock production, beef cattle feeding, feedlot management, intensive cow/calf production, growing and finishing traits, carcass data and meat quality, sustainable agriculture practices, foundation seedstocks production, and fruit and berry production.

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