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Archer named to ARS post

MANDAN, N.D. -- David Archer has been appointed research leader of the Northern Great Plains Research Laboratory in Mandan, N.D. He leads an interdisciplinary team that's working to develop more sustainable crop and livestock production systems. ...

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David Archer, research leader of the USDA-ARS Northern Great Plains Research Laboratory in Mandan, N.D. (Submitted photo)

MANDAN, N.D. - David Archer has been appointed research leader of the Northern Great Plains Research Laboratory in Mandan, N.D.

He leads an interdisciplinary team that's working to develop more sustainable crop and livestock production systems.

The lab is part of the Agricultural Research Service, which is the U.S. Department of Agriculture's chief scientific in-house research agency.

Archer joined the Mandan staff as an agricultural economist in 2007. His research focus has

been evaluating economic risks and returns for alternative crop and livestock production

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systems, simulation modeling, decision aid development, bioenergy feedstock economics and

quantifying tradeoffs between economic and environmental impacts of agricultural systems.

His prior work has been with Natural Resource Conservation Service in Colfax and Spokane, both in Washington, and in Bismarck, N.D., and with USDA-ARS in Morris, Minn. The NRCS also is an arm of the USDA.

Archer grew up on a cattle and small grain ranch in southeastern Montana. He received bachelor's degree in mathematics from Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Mont., and his doctorate in ag economics from Iowa State University.

He was awarded the International Soil and Water Conservation Society's 2013 Conservation

Research Award and has received grants from the U.S. Navy Office of Naval Research, USDA's

National Institute of Food and and Agriculture, and the North Central Sun Grant Initiative.

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