Blaine Schatz was recently named assistant director of the North Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station.

Schatz has been within the North Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station for over four decades. He began working within NDAES in May of 1978 as a research technician. In 1985, Schatz was named the research agronomist at the Carrington Research Extension Center. Then in 1996, he became the director of the North Dakota State University Carrington Research Extension Center.

“Blaine brings a wealth of experience to the position,” said Greg Lardy, North Dakota State University’s vice president of Agricultural Affairs, dean of the College of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Natural Resources, and director of the North Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station and NDSU Extension. “For the past 25 years, he has served as director of the Carrington Research Extension Center, where he has focused on serving the needs of stakeholders and clientele for a wide range of programs, been deliberate and focused about improving infrastructure which supports the research mission, and been actively involved in continuing to seek resources needed to improve the station’s ability to provide relevant research and Extension programming.”

A native to North Dakota, Schatz grew up on his family’s small grains and dairy farm. His experience on the farm stuck with him and helped him decide to go into the agricultural field after high school. Following high school, Schatz went on to continue his education at North Dakota State University in the area of crop and weed sciences.

“I have had quite the opportunity to see and experience a lot of the changes in agriculture over the years,” Schatz said.

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Producers' operations getting larger, technology advancement and the comprehensive decisions producers now make in terms of their operation are a few of the biggest changes in agriculture Schatz has witnessed during his time within NDAES.

Through his role as assistant director, Schatz will manage the existing NDAES equipment leases and seek additional partnerships, coordinate activities at the NDSU Research Extension Centers, serve as the liaison between NDSU Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service Northern Great Plains Research Laboratory in Mandan, North Dakota, and represent NDSU Agriculture in western North Dakota.

“I am looking forward to this position as it will allow me to continue contributing to the NDSU Agriculture Experiment Station in a meaningful way by fostering additional research collaborations, supporting the Research Extension Centers and being a representative for NDSU Agriculture,” Schatz said.