Hoeven Helps Break Ground on NDSU's Peltier Complex

FARGO, N.D. – Senator John Hoeven today helped break ground on North Dakota State University’s (NDSU) Peltier Complex, a state-of-the-art agricultural academic facility. The facility will house NDSU’s cereal, food and meat science laboratories, as well as the Northern Crops Institute (NCI), an international meeting and learning center that works to develop, promote and market crops grown in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Montana. 

“Thanks to our hard-working farmers and ranchers, Americans benefit every single day from having the highest quality, lowest cost food supply in the world,” said Hoeven “The research done at NDSU and the Northern Crops Institute helps our producers to improve their yields, reduce their costs and market their products, helping to strengthen their competitive edge in the global economy. It is fitting that this new facility be named for the Peltier family, who has had an enormous impact on North Dakota agriculture.” 

The new facility aligns with Hoeven’s efforts as the lead Republican on the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and as a senior member of the Senate Agriculture Committee to promote agricultural research, including at the nation’s land-grant institutions like NDSU. To this end, Hoeven helped secure the following priorities in the Senate’s Fiscal Year 2022 agriculture funding legislation: 

  • Additional $9 million for maintenance and repair of Agricultural Research Service (ARS) facilities, like the Edward T. Schafer Agricultural Research Center at NDSU.
  • $1 million for new cooperative agreements with land grand universities, non-profits and other entities to support the research, development and acceleration of agriculture technology.
  • A total increase of $292 million for agricultural research conducted under the U.S. Department of Agriculture, including through ARS and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).
  • Maintains formula research funding for land-grant universities, including NDSU.
  • Increases funding for the following research efforts:
    • Sugarbeet research.
    • The Barley Pest Initiative.
    • The National Canola Research program.
    • The Pulse Crop Health Initiative.
    • The Healthy Soils Initiative.
    • The Pulse Crop Quality Initiative.
    • Genetic Oat Research.
    • The Alfalfa Seed and Alfalfa Forage Systems Research program.
    • Also maintains funding for the Wheat and Barley Scab Initiative.