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National Animal Germplasm Program

The National Animal Germplasm Program (NAGP), managed by the USDA's Agricultural Research Service, is the nation's primary program for conservation of genetic resources for the livestock, poultry, and aquaculture industries. This program was initiated in 1999. It is located in the National Center for Genetic Resources Preservation (NCGRP) in Fort Collins, CO.

NIFA has played a significant role in the effort by assisting the structuring and funding of various species committees. The germplasm or tissue placed in the repository is entered into the Animal Germplasm Resource Information Network (GRIN) system, with varying degrees of public access. NAGP functions include preservation and research activities that address conservation, characterization, and use of U.S. genetic resources. The infrastructure capacity exists to maintain long-term storage of animal germplasm or tissue.


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