Tour at Trans Ova Genetics
Trans Ova Genetics focuses on the application of genetic and reproductive technologies to meet the world’s needs for enhancing animal protein production. They began providing assisted reproductive technology services to progressive cattlemen and women in 1980. Today they offer a toolbox of bovine ART services including ET (embryo transfer), IVF (in vitro fertilization), SS (sexed semen options) and cloning. The cloning services are provided to multiple species through a wholly owned subsidiary, ViaGen. In addition, they have been involved in the production of genetically modified animals for biopharmaceutical projects for over 15 years.
The Trans Ova Genetics tour will include a program that describes how these services are used by livestock producers today as well as a walking tour of the laboratories for ET, IVF and cloning. In addition, a tour of the donor cow, recipient cow and calving management systems will be provided. Hors d'oeuvres will be provided including beef from animals produced using cloning technology.
Visit the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center
Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center is a remotely sensed data management, systems development, and research field center for the U.S. Geological Survey's(USGS) Climate and Land Use Change Mission Area. The USGS is a bureau of the U.S. Department of the Interior. EROS opened in the early 1970's with a handful of employees and the largest mainframe computer in the State of South Dakota. It currently houses one of the largest computer complexes in the Department of the Interior. EROS has approximately 600 government and contractor employees.
We encourage you to take a tour of EROS to learn how it began. View a model of the Landsat 8 satellite and learn about how Earth-observing satellites work. This satellite imagery from around the world is used to monitor change over time, and you’ll see numerous examples of slow and subtle changes as well as rapid and devastating ones.