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Chatham, MI 49816
Greening Michigan Institute
Ashley McFarland provides coordination for the Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center (UPREC). The 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, 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 and small grains. The center also coordinates field trials on potato and corn varieties throughout the Upper Peninsula region.
McFarland also serves as a Community Food System Educator for MSU Extension, focusing primarily on beginning farmer training and integrating traditional field crops into the local food market, specifically malting barley.
November 8, 2017 | A survey, administered by Michigan State University Extension staff in the Upper Peninsula seeks to understand current cover crop usage throughout the region, and barriers to increased adoption.
November 8, 2017 | It's essential to share your information as a barley grower to allow for more accurate surveying of agricultural statistics in regard to barley.
November 6, 2017 | The establishment of land-based learning centers throughout the Upper Peninsula on local farms provides a unique opportunity for students to engage with agriculture.
August 17, 2017 | Preliminary data from the winter malting barley trial at the W.K. Kellogg Biological Station shows promising yield results.
June 20, 2017 | Upper Peninsula agriculture research will be highlight at the Field Day on July 29.
May 22, 2017 | Localizing more than just vegetables.
May 8, 2017 | Research supports burgeoning organic and naturally grown livestock in the region.
January 5, 2017 | As interest grows for malting barley, MSU AgBioResearch and MSU Extension researchers at UPREC are striving to address needs including variety suitability, disease and pest management, and fertility recommendations.
December 15, 2016 | Drought stress through much of the state impacted yields, but overall, disease pressure and pre-harvest sprout were down.
December 5, 2016 | The only authentic working Dutch windmill outside of the Netherlands strives to be more than just a tourist attraction.