Montana State University - Northern Agricultural Research Center
Location: Havre, Montana
Type: Full Time
Required Education: Doctorate
Internal Number: FAC - VA - 21056
This scientist position is located at the Northern Agricultural Research Center (NARC) which is a diversified crop and livestock research facility located seven miles southwest of Havre (pop. 10,000). Havre, MT offers year-round outdoor recreation opportunities such as hunting, fishing, hiking, boating, golfing, skiing and ice skating. Cultural attractions include museums, galleries, concerts and live theater. Historical attractions nearby include the Montana Dinosaur Trail, Fort Assinniboine and Buffalo Jump. Havre is a small town with a low crime rate, and is the focal point of commercial activity in the Hi-Line region. Also located in Havre, but not part of the research center, is Montana State University-Northern , north central Montana’s comprehensive university offering programs and services at the associate, baccalaureate, and master’s levels.
Develop a range beef cattle research program focused on cow/calf management strategies that optimizes economic and environmental sustainability of range beef production in Montana and the western US. Research may include across discipline interactions focused on cow/calf beef production systems (nutrition, biometrics, management, precision agriculture, crop (range)/livestock interactions & integration or impacts or end product value). The ideal candidate will develop research program focused on providing the information and tools needed to assist ranchers and land managers in optimizing land resources for beef cattle while maintaining or enhancing the vegetation diversity and the biological process that are mediated, in part, by healthy soils and desirable plant communities. As a result, an integrated approach to developing economically relevant management strategies and recommendations for Montana and regional range beef cattle production practices is expected. The research program should have immediate and long-lasting effects to western beef cattle production. The individual is expected to collaborate with other scientists, extension personnel, ranchers, related industry representatives, advisory and commodity groups to develop research priorities and assist in developing management recommendations. Opportunities exist to participate in graduate student education. Securing extramural funds from state, regional and national grant programs, as well as from industry, will be required to provide adequate research program support of a nationally recognized program. The position is expected to communicate research findings in oral and written formats, including refereed publications. Participation in outreach and service activities is expected. The successful individual will also provide expertise to other research programs in the Department, College and MAES as appropriate. Screening begins October 31, 2021.
About Montana State University - Northern Agricultural Research Center
Montana State University (MSU) Northern Agricultural Research Center (NARC) has 3,000 acres at the main facility and an additional 3,960 acres of grazing land located in the nearby Bear Paw Mountains. The research center has recently completed $3.8 million of new construction and renovation, including a new $2.1 million office/laboratory complex. In the spring of 2014, two center pivot irrigation systems were installed for research and production. The livestock facilities include a finishing/development dry lot and individual animal electronic identification (EID) system. The research center is typical of the environments where the majority of the cattle production occurs in Montana. Current NARC livestock research objectives include identifying genetic components associated with reproductive efficiency, utilizing nontraditional crops in backgrounding weaned calves, development of supplementation strategies to augment winter adaptive behaviors of range cows, and defining the repeatability of residual feed intake measurements using lower quality roughages and high concentrate diets. The NARC cow herd consists of approximately 300 Angus/Angus Simmental cross cattle. A modern research... scale greenhouse was funded and designed with construction to be completed in the near future. These facilities support the scientists to conduct both crop and livestock research at NARC which is distinctly unique to MSU. The current research center when fully staffed consists of three faculty, two operation managers, research scientists, 12 permanent support personnel. MSU-NARC is one of the seven research centers that forms the Research Centers Department. Faculty members at NARC conduct independent as well as collaborative basic and applied research projects with faculty at other Research Centers, main campus in Bozeman and other Universities. A local advisory board made up of area producers and industry
representatives from the five surrounding counties, provides guidance on NARC research priorities.