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Former agronomy chair Carter dies

Former NDSU agronomy department chair, Jack F. Carter, died Sept. 11. Carter, who was 92, had a career in agriculture that spanned more than 50 years.

Carter joined NDSU in 1950 as associate professor of agronomy. A decade later he became chair of the agronomy department. He started cooperative forage crop research at the Branch Stations, now Research Extension Centers, and contributed to Extension programs and short courses in forage crops statewide. As chair, Carter worked to strengthen ongoing teaching, research and Extension programs in agronomy and initiated several new programs. Carter was a pioneer and long-time promoter of new, healthful uses for flax.

In 1979, he was named the Alpha Zeta Agricultural Teacher of the Year, and he received the 1990 Blue Key Outstanding Educator award. A lecture room in Loftsgard Hall was named in his honor in 1995. The Jack F. and Iris Carter Graduate Student Fellowship is being established at NDSU to support doctoral candidates. Carter lived in Fargo.


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