The UKREC/GFCE is open to the public 8:00 to 4:30 (cst) Monday to Friday, except holidays.  


  • Meeting room requests are being accepted. In accordance with local health official recommendations, if Caldwell County returns to a Critical category for COVID cases, we cannot host in-person meetings.  Daily incidence rate maps can be found at:  COVID-19 incidence rate of Caldwell County
  • For Soil Testing, please see the Soils Lab website:
  • For Plant Samples, please see the Plant Disease Diagnostic Lab website: 


Anyone on UKREC/GFCE premises must wear a mask and maintain at least 6 feet of physical distance between themselves and others at all times
We look forward to assisting you!


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.


June 15 - KATS - Forage Workshop

June 29 - Pest Management Field Day

July 15 - KATS Spray Clinic

July 22 - UK 2021 High School Crop Scouting Competition

July 27 - 2021 Corn, Soybean and Tobacco Field Day

August 12 - KATS

August 14 - Kentucky Woodland Owners Short Course

TBA - KATS Self-Led Educational KATS Plot Tour (in person)


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