Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center
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. Applied research on alternative beef cattle management practices and cropping rotations are conducted in the unique environment of the U.P. Grass-based finishing, utilization of cover crops and alternative soil analysis methods 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, small grains and oilseed crops for alternative energy. The center also coordinates numerous field trials of biomass grasses, potato varieties and corn varieties throughout the Upper Peninsula region.