Decatur in the running for national agriculture research center

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DECATUR - The National Corn Growers Association wants to create a national agriculture research center to support and develop farming research, and Decatur is one of two potential sites for the center.

According to Richard Vierling, the head of the Corn Growers research and development team, Decatur, Illinois and Fargo, North Dakota are the cities in the running for the National Agriculture Genotyping Center.

If Decatur is chosen, Richland Community College would host the center.  The facility would translate scientific discoveries into production improvement.

Vierling says officials will conduct site visits in August, and that the facility could open as soon as the firt part of next year.

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