Southwest Research Center near Mount Vernon was established in 1959; the site represents various soil types in this region. Serving 22 counties, this research center addresses the main agricultural concerns of area industries including beef, forage and horticultural crop production. Currently, there are research and education projects related to beef genetics, nutrition and management systems; horticultural and alternative crop demonstration and research; elderberry and grape cultivation; and newly certified Monarch Waystation and pollinator education plots.
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