Southern Indiana Purdue
Agricultural Center

Southern Indiana pacSize and Topography

  • The second-largest PAC, with 1,320 acres in Dubois County near the Patoka Reservoir
  • Rolling ground (hilly), shallow soils, natural hard pan, not well drained, rocky outcroppings
  • Difficult-to-manage sandstone and shale soils typical of southern Indiana
  • Roughly 570 acres of open pastureland

Heritage

SIPAC grew from a true grassroots effort by the people of southern Indiana in the late 1940s and early 1950s. Local farmers felt their environment and soil differed so greatly from farmland near West Lafayette that their counties’ leadership raised funds to purchase the original parcel of farmland as well as some additional acreage. They donated the land, which was roughly half wooded and half pasture, to Purdue University as the Southern Indiana Forage Farm. The facility became SIPAC in 1965.

Resources

  • Conference space for 200 with high-speed Internet, kitchen facilities
  • Beef herd (210) and goat herd (75 females)
  • Different varieties of permanent pasture
  • Fence and water systems
  • Barns and traditional feedlot
  • Haymaking capability
  • Dennis H. Heeke Southern Indiana Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, which serves the poultry and livestock industries in southern Indiana
  • Approximately 20 built ponds for erosion control and livestock
  • Extension forester based at SIPAC
  • USDA-APHIS Wildlife Biologist based at SIPAC
  • Views from the farm

 Research

Workshops & Conferences

Current Research

SIPAC is a forage-based operation (i.e., no row crops). Current research focuses on beef cattle and meat goat management, livestock grazing trials, forage and crop production, forest management, and aquaculture.

Purdue Agriculture departments currently conducting research at SIPAC include Agronomy, Agricultural Economics, Entomology, Animal Sciences, Forestry and Natural Resources​

 2012 Research Projects

 

 

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Contact Information

Jason Tower
Southern Indiana Purdue Agricultural Center
11371 East Purdue Farm Road
Dubois, IN 47527
Phone: 812-678-4427
Fax: 812-678-3412
Email: towerj@purdue.edu ​

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