The UKREC/GFCE has re-opened to the public with social distancing guidelines in place.

We hope to see you soon.
We ask that all visitors wear a mask and practice social distancing. UKREC faculty and staff will be doing the same to keep everyone healthy.

Welcome

The vision of the University of Kentucky Research and Education Center is to be recognized at the local, state and national level for excellence in agricultural research, education, leadership and service to the Commonwealth.


The University of Kentucky Research and Education Center is fundamentally interdisciplinary, applying the biological and social sciences to challenges in agricultural, food and environmental systems. Our scholarship encompasses human and natural resources and their interaction.

UKREC holds a unique position as part of the Kentucky Agricultural Experiment Station and the Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service and remains dedicated to sustaining the heritage of impact and achievement by these great institutions and the rapidly changing issues and challenges associated with them.

As part of the University of Kentucky we:

  • Facilitate life-long learning, informed by scholarship and research.
  • Expand knowledge through creative research and discovery.
  • Serve Kentucky communities by disseminating, sharing and applying knowledge.

History

UKREC Old BarnThe Agricultural Experiment Station was established in 1885 as the research arm of the College of Agriculture of the University of Kentucky, Kentucky's Land Grant Institution. In fulfillment of statewide responsibilities to serve the research needs of agriculture and rural citizens, experimental work is conducted under a variety of climatic and soil conditions in all parts of the state. 

Click this link for a PDF version of the History of UKREC