Purdue Agricultural Centers
Researchers from diverse agricultural disciplines use the eight regional Purdue Agricultural Centers (PACs) to test ideas that are created and developed on campus. The PACs offer tremendously diverse land and soil types as well as extensive resources for study and testing. These farms enable scientists to advance agricultural research in real-world conditions and to take risks that eventually might benefit producers in each area.
Indiana has more than 300 soil types and multiple microclimates. Each section of farmland reacts differently to fertilizers, cultural practices, pesticides, and tillage systems, just as each parcel of forest reacts differently to varying management practices. Purdue's PACs are located where they can do the most good.
In 2011, scientists conducted over 340 research projects on more than 40 different crops at the eight centers. Researchers are assisted by 29 PAC staff members spread across 11,000 acres.
Each PAC serves the practical agricultural needs of its part of the state. Most provide local weather data. Researchers, Extension educators, and other specialists at the PACs not only identify and solve production problems but also demonstrate the results of Purdue agricultural research. The PACs host meetings and events of special interest to producers, industry, and the general public. Especially popular are annual PAC-sponsored Field Days.
The director and assistant director of Purdue Agricultural Centers and the eight PAC superintendents administer and coordinate research projects at the PACs. Please contact us if you have any questions.
The Eight PACs