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Northern Crops Institute
NDSU Dept. 7400
PO Box 6050
Fargo, North Dakota, USA 58108-6050
Phone: 701-231-7736
Fax: 701-231-7235
Email: nci@ndsu.edu
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Need to test an ingredient or get assistance with product/process development? Let us assist you.

Pilot-scale processing at Northern Crops Institute (NCI) might be your solution. NCI staff are experienced in working with food processing and ingredient suppliers, small to large.Our technical staff has experience in extrusion, post-extrusion, milling, baking, and feed manufacturing. NCI staff has assisted in developing fresh/precooked/frozen pasta, noodles, cous-cous, expanded snacks, texturized foods, imitation extruded foods, ready-to-eat cereals (expanded and flaked), expanded snack foods, animal feed, and industrial products from food grade materials. Our staff will also travel worldwide to assist in uses of northern-grown crops.

NCI Technical Team

  David Hahn Brudvik Natsuki Naggie Jeradechachai Koch Morgan  
David Hahn, Ph.D.
Director of Technical Services and Business Development

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Rachel Carlson
Food Technologist

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Natsuki Fujiwara
Food Technologist
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Thunyaporn (Naggie) Jeradechachai
Crop Quality Specialist
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Kim Koch, Ph.D.
Feed Center Manager
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Rilie Morgan
Processing Specialist
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Find Out More about NCI's Capabilities:


Technical Facilities

NCI Laboratory Fact Sheets:
Analytical Laboratory
Analytical Laboratory Supplement
Baking Laboratory

Food Processing Laboratory

Milling Equipment

Pasta Processing Laboratory

Feed Production Center
Lab Demonstrations (Videos):

Loaf Volume
Pasta Processing


Ongoing Projects:

Barley Project

Barley Grading and Chemical Characteristics

Getting started:

1. Contact us to discuss proposed processing.
2. A confidentiality agreement can be signed at the time of discussion, if desired.
3. A meeting or conference call with appropriate personnel will determine feasibility of processing (depends on company’s needs, NCI staff expertise, processing equipment and time frame).
4. Work can be conducted solely by NCI staff or in conjunction with your technical staff.
5. Memorandum of understanding detailing all activities and charges must be signed prior to initiation of a project.
6. Processing will be conducted in a timely manner on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Northern Crops Institute offers:

Reasonable service fees
Complete services, including purchase of ingredients (specialty ingredients are supplied by client—other ingredients provided at cost)
Laboratory for proprietary use (upon approval)