Greg Lardy was raised on a ranch near Sentinel Butte, North Dakota. He received his B.S. degree from North Dakota State University, his M.S. from the University of Missouri, and his Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska. In 1997, he was hired as the beef cattle extension specialist at North Dakota State University. Since 2009, he has served as department head in Animal Sciences. Since 2015, he has served in a part time role as Associate Vice President for Agricultural Affairs while continuing his department head duties. He and his wife, Lynae, and are the proud parents of Jacob, Jarrett, and JaeLyn.