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mural painted by Barbara DeGraves; photo by Clinton LewisDepartment of Agriculture 2017 - Faculty & StaffWKU gateSoil Judging teambaling haySports Turf Management ClassASSET Conference 2016 Hay Ridehemp research

Mural of the WKU Farm painted by Barbara DeGraves

Department of Agriculture 2017 - Faculty & Staff

Ecuador 2017

Interested in a WKU Farm Tour?

Please contact DeAnna Durrant at (270) 745-3151 or

ASSET Conference 2016

Industrial Hemp Research

WKU Agriculture is continuing research with industrial hemp in cooperation with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture's Hemp Pilot Program. Brett Maxwell, a graduate student in the Department of Agriculture, is conducting research evaluating industrial hemp tolerance to several herbicide chemistries at WKU's Agriculture Research & Education Complex. This information will assist industrial hemp producers in formulating best management practices for weedy pest if the crop becomes legal to grow in Kentucky.

WKU Agriculture Research and Education Center

Western Kentucky University purchased the Agriculture Research and Education Center (AREC) (Farm) in 1934.  The 800 acre farm is utilized by students for classes, labs, and a place to gain experience in their area of interest by working for one of the many operations.  Livestock enterprises consist of dairy, beef, and equine, each of which provide a solid background for both Animal Science and Pre-Veterinary careers.  Additionally, a variety of crops are produced including corn, soybeans, wheat, grass hay, and alfalfa.  This portion of the farm provides hands on experience for Agronomy, Plant Science, Horticulture, and Turf Management careers as well as those interested in the various aspects of Soil Science, such as soil testing and soil judging.

The farm is also used for USDA research, faculty research, and corn and soybean research trials.  The farm is a tool used by a wide variety of students pursuing careers in all aspects of agriculture such as Agribusiness, Ag Education, Ag Mechanics, and composting.  The farm is located about 15 minutes from campus.  We encourage you to explore the website and learn more about the wonderful opportunities in Agriculture at WKU!


Mailing Address:
1906 College Heights Blvd #41066
Bowling Green, KY 42101-1066
Located at:
4660 Nashville Road
Bowling Green, KY 42104

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