Welcome to the National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research (NCAUR).
Did you know?
NCAUR is the largest of the four regional USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) research centers and the most successful in transferring technology from the laboratory to the marketplace.
In 2001, NCAUR was designated as an International Historic Chemical Landmark in recognition of its significant role in the development of penicillin. Saving countless lives and opening the era of antibiotics, this research was the first in a long line of global impacts to come from this laboratory.
Operating with a research staff of more than 250 on an annual Federal budget of $31 million, the lab conducts 36 individual research projects of national priority and is engaged in nearly 45 research agreements with private industry, universities and other governmental agencies.
The mission of NCAUR is to:
- Invent new uses of agricultural commodities for
industrial and food products
- Develop new technology to improve
environmental quality and food safety
- Provide technical support to Federal
regulatory and action agencies
NCAUR fulfills that mission through research in three broad categories:
Utilization of agricultural commodities
Crop development/crop protection
The NCAUR Pilot Plant, located in the renovated North Wing, provides a product development and production area within NCAUR capable of functioning as a business incubator and adding value to private sector collaborations.
NCAUR's historic standard of research excellence is carried forward by its third generation of scientists in an environment where international recognition, research quality and public benefit are the norm.
Truly, NCAUR is a world-class facility where the future is being created.