U.S. Department of Agriculture
The U.S. Department of Agriculture Area Office for the Great Plains Region is in Ft. Collins, Colorado. The Great Plains Region comprises Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Kansas. Also in Ft. Collins are three research centers of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service, the National Center for Genetic Resources Preservation, the Crops Research Laboratory, and the Natural Resources Research Center.
The National Center for Genetic Resources Preservation celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2008. Its Mission:
The Center conducts research programs in three areas, food animal production, plant biological and molecular processes, and plant genetic resources, genomics and genetic improvement. Its research is conducted by Center scientists and through cooperative agreements.
In July 2008, the NCGRP was preserving 501,513 Seed Samples and 4,757 Vegetatively Propogated Samples representing 6,968 Species. It also maintains collections from other international genebanks, genetic material from threatened and endangered species, and special collections from non-governmental organizations.
The National Animal Germplasm Program materials stored at NCGRP in July 2008 included 164 Subspecies/breeds of cattle, swine, poultry, sheep, goats, fish representing 9722 animals and 477,388 units of germplasm.