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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  • Visitors listen to equipment demonstration at the 2014 Viticulture Field Day in Benton Harbor.

    MSU field days to feature research trials benefiting agriculture

    Published on May 11, 2015

    MSU AgBioResearch is inviting the public to tour several of its research facilities across Michigan this summer. The organization's annual field days will highlight current research projects benefiting the Michigan agriculture industry.

  • Hoophouse at MSU UPREC's North Farm

    New staff helps to breathe life into U.P. incubator farm

    Published on July 2, 2014

    A farm site at the MSU Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center that has not been used for some 30 years is experiencing a rejuvenation, thanks in large part to the addition of three staff members and an intern.

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