Welcome to UPREC
The Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center (UPREC) was established in 1899 at Chatham, Michigan to conduct, "experiments pertaining to agriculture and horticulture...beneficial to the agricultural interests of the Upper Peninsula." For over 120 years, UPREC has spearheaded research investigating the breadth of UP crops and livestock, and delivered educational programming serving generations of UP farmers and community members.
Today, the facility is comprised of two campuses totaling 827 acres, and serves as a hub for sustainable agriculture innovation and education. The UPREC South Farm maintains a herd of experimental grass-fed Red Angus beef cattle and conducts research on forage and field crops. The North Farm is dedicated to research on certified organic specialty crops and hosts a farm business incubator program to help grow the next generation of U.P. farmers. Staff at UPREC also partner with local schools, public agencies, agribusinesses and producers across Michigan to execute off-site research and outreach addressing critical local needs in food, agriculture and natural resources.
UPREC occupies the ancestral, traditional and contemporary lands of the Anishinaabeg – Three Fires Confederacy of Ojibwe, Odawa and Potawatomi peoples. In particular, the facility resides on land ceded in the 1836 Treaty of Washington. We recognize Michigan’s 12 federally recognized Native Nations, historic Indigenous communities in Michigan, Indigenous individuals and communities who live here now, and those who were forcibly removed from their homelands. In offering this land acknowledgement, we affirm Indigenous sovereignty, history and experiences.
Published on October 1, 2018
In the last five years, the Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center in Chatham, Michigan, has reconfigured its mission to serve the needs of Upper Peninsula farmers and communities through place-based research, education and outreach programs.
Michigan State University Extension and AgBioResearch name new director of the Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center
Published on September 11, 2018
DeDecker will lead innovative crop and livestock research center on behalf of Michigan State University.
Published on May 8, 2018
Members of Michigan’s agriculture industry and local residents are invited to attend the upcoming research field days at Michigan State University’s outlying research facilities throughout the state this summer.
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UPREC is suspending in-person Extension programs, community events and walk-in services in response to the novel coronavirus. We are still open to serve the public at 906-439-5114 (office), 989-225-3221 (cell) or firstname.lastname@example.org.