Northeast Purdue Agricultural Center (NEPAC)

Size and Topography

  • Four parcels totaling about 472 acres, including 367 tillable acres in Whitley County between Fort Wayne and Columbia City
  • Rolling and level topography typical of northeastern Indiana, unlike any other part of the state
  • Soils are the Morley-Glynwood and the Morley-Rawson Associations, which consist of loam, sandy loam, and clay loam soils

Heritage

Established in 1991, NEPAC is the newest Purdue Agricultural Center. Recognizing the agricultural importance of the northeast part of the state, Purdue has acquired four tracts of land for a long-awaited research center. The first tract, given in trust by Denzil Schrader in 1989, is 160 acres and is called the Schrader Farm in his memory. When Denzil Schrader convinced his neighbor, Merle Kyler, of the need for such a center, Kyler also gave part of his land. The 85 acre Kyler Farm lies two miles to the west of the main headquarters. The third piece was a 185 acre farm one mile north of the Kyler Farm that Purdue purchased at public auction from the estate of Harvey Lawrence, a Whitley County farmer.​ The fourth and final parcel was then purchased in 2018 from the Myer family. This farm is located across the road from the Lawrence farm.

Contact Us

Dr. Stephen Hawkins
Director, Purdue Agricultural Centers
615 W. State Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907
Phone: 765-494-8367
Email: shawkins@purdue.edu​

Jon Leuck
Assistant Director, Purdue Agricultural Centers and Project Coordinator
615 W. State Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907
Phone: 765-494-8368
Email: leuckj@purdue.edu​

Stephen Boyer 
Northeast-Purdue Agricultural Center, Superintendent
4821 East 400 South
Columbia City, IN 46725
Phone: 260-244-7290 (also fax)
Email: sboyer@purdue.edu

Resources

  • Diagnostic Training Center, site of annual training for Commercial Pesticide Applicators, Certified Crop Advisors, and farmers
  • A pond near the office and constructed wetlands about two miles west of the office used for pond and environmental management workshops
  • Timber parcels jointly managed with the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources
  • Precision agricultural equipment, GPS and AutoSteer technology
  • Plots of corn, soybeans, wheat, and alfalfa used for tours, special training events, and annual field days

current Research

Agricultural research conducted at NEPAC transfers more readily to area farmers than that conducted on the flat black prairie soils of west central Indiana or the soils of other regional PACs. Farmers near NEPAC want to know how a particular practice or management system is going to work on their farm. Research therefore has focused on row-crop production. Current research includes projects related to fertility; insect, weed, and disease control; corn, and soybean production trials; and tillage systems.

Researchers in the Departments of Agronomy, Botany and Plant Pathology, Entomology, and Agricultural and Biological Engineering are currently conducting research at NEPAC.  

Learn More About PAC's

  • Field day - August 25, 2022                                                                   
  • For more information contact Stephen Boyer at 260-244-7290 or sboyer@purdue.edu

Dr. Stephen Hawkins
Director, Purdue Agricultural Centers
615 W. State Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907
Phone: (765) 494-8367
Email: shawkins@purdue.edu​

Jon Leuck
Assistant Director, Purdue Agricultural Centers and Project Coordinator
615 W. State Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907
Phone: (765) 494-8368
Email: leuckj@purdue.edu​

Jeff Boyer
Davis-Purdue Agricultural Center (DPAC)
6230 North State Road 1
Farmland, IN 47340-9340
Phone:  (765) 468-7022
Fax: 765-468-8125
Email: jboyer@purdue.edu

Brad Shelton
Feldun-Purdue Agricultural Center (FPAC)
1117 State Road 458
Bedford, IN 47421
Phone: (812) 279-8554
Email:  sheltonb@purdue.edu

Stephen Boyer
Northeast-Purdue Agricultural Center (NEPAC)
4821 East 400 South
Columbia City, IN 46725
Phone: (260) 244-7290 (Also Fax)
Email: sboyer@purdue.edu​ 

Gary Tragesser
Pinney-Purdue Agricultural Center (PPAC)
11402 South County Line Road
Wanatah, IN 46390
Phone: (219) 733-2379
Email: gtragess@purdue.edu

Joel Wahlman
Southeast-Purdue Agricultural Center (SEPAC)
4425 East 350 North
Butlerville, IN 47223
Phone: (812) 458-6977
Email: jwahlman@purdue.edu

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

Dennis Nowaskie
Southwest-Purdue Agricultural Center (SWPAC)
4669 North Purdue Road
Vincennes, IN 47591
Phone: (812) 886-9661
Email: nowaskie@purdue.edu

Jay Young
Throckmorton Purdue Agricultural Center (TPAC)
8343 South US 231
Lafayette, IN 47909-9049
Phone: (765) 538-3422
Email: jayyoung@purdue.edu

PAC Events

PAC Events

farmers on edge of field during training day
2022 Field Days & Training Events

The Purdue Agricultural Centers (PACS) will be offering public field days, workshops, and other events in 2022. These events provide educational opportunities for commodity producers, crop/livestock advisers, and others seeking knowledge in crop...

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