The Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center was established in 1899 and serves as the hub for integrated crop and livestock research for Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

Established 1899

The Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center (UPREC) was established in 1899 and serves as the hub for integrated crop and livestock research for Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Applied research on pasture-based cattle management practices and cropping rotations is conducted in the unique environment of the U.P. Grass-based beef finishing, utilization of cover crops, hoophouse farming, season extension and soil health studies are keystone research elements on the farm. Outreach efforts focus on expanding knowledge of local food systems by educating producers and fostering market opportunities. Complementary agronomic studies at the 1,262-acre site focus on forages and small grains. The center also coordinates field trials on potato varieties and corn varieties throughout the Upper Peninsula region.

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MSU AgBioResearch scientist talks with field day guests.

MSU AgBioResearch announces field day schedule for summer 2017

Published on May 18, 2017

Members of the Michigan agriculture industry and others are invited to tour several of the Michigan State University research facilities this summer during the annual field day festivities.

A researcher gives a field day presentation.

Save the dates for MSU field days featuring research updates

Published on May 26, 2016

Members of the Michigan agriculture industry and others are invited to tour several of the Michigan State University research facilities this summer during the annual field day festivities.

Spartan barley impresses researchers in first year of resurrection effort

Published on January 14, 2016

After one full season of field tests in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, MSU researchers say Spartan barley is a strong contender as a locally sourced ingredient for the state's budding craft brewery industry.

Russ Freed with Spartan barley in the greenhouse.

A Spartan Comeback of the Seed Kind

Published on July 25, 2015

Breeder resurrects 100-year-old barley as prospect for the microbrew industry. How U.P. research is looking to add local flavor to a growing business.

Visitors to last year’s UPREC Field Day learn about the latest crop variety trials conducted at the center.

U.P. agriculture takes center stage at Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center Field Day

Published on July 17, 2015

The ongoing work of researchers to develop agricultural technologies and practices suited for the unique climate of Michigan's Upper Peninsula will be the focus of the Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center Field Day July 25.

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