University of Kentucky rises above tornado aftermath

In this photo: aerial view of the UK Research and Education Center temporary office and lab Complex.

A year after the tornado, UK Research and Education Center looks back, pushes forward

The UKREC is still in recovery mode, but programs and research continue.

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UK Research and Education Center Rebuilding Fund

For decades, the UK Research and Education Center in Princeton has housed individuals committed to the science of production agriculture. In December 2021, the facility took a direct hit from the powerful tornado that carved a path of destruction across the western half of the Commonwealth. While the physical structure is gone, our employees continue to press on, offering help where and when their fellow Kentuckians need it the most.

Now, work is underway to start rebuilding a center that has been, and always will be, vital to Kentucky agriculture. Your gift to the Research and Education Center Fund will support the reconstruction of the Princeton facilities, support faculty and staff resources, and help as we return to full service.

If you are interested in giving to the fund to help with restoring the Research Center, please click on the following link:  https://bit.ly/3oTV95D

Thanks for your support of our rebuilding efforts, we greatly appreciate it.

Kentucky Tornado Resources

More information on getting involved, donating goods and donating to relief funds, as well as livestock information and environmental concerns.

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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 of UKREC

The 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.

History of UKREC (PDF)

Contact Information

Dr. Carrie Knott
UKREC Director

348 University Drive Princeton, KY 42445

(270) 365-7541