Southeast - Purdue Agricultural Center​ (SEPAC)

Grassland with prescribed fire and forest trees in background at Southeastern Indiana Purdue Ag Center (SEPAC)

The Southeast - Purdue Ag Center (SEPAC) is in the Bluegrass Natural Region in Jennings County, northeast of North Vernon. It contains a total of 2,500 acres, with 1,430 acres in forest.​ 

SEPAC was established in 1977, when the state of Indiana transferred 830 acres from the Department of Mental Health’s Muscatatuck State School to Purdue University. In 2005, the Department of Natural Resources transferred an additional 1,600 acres to Purdue. The center is distinctive i​n its history of conservation tillage, including no-till.

Cougars caught on night camera, Southeastern Indiana Purdue Ag Center​



Purdue Agriculture Centers

More property details

  • Largest of the PACs, with 2,430 acres located six miles east of North Vernon in Jennings County
  • A timber base of approximately 1,600 acres
  • A variety of soil types but primarily silt loam soils common in southeastern Indiana—hard to manage, poorly drained, low organic matter
  • Highly erosive soils with no-till farming practices used on most of the cropland

Over view by plotterw, Southeastern Indiana Purdue Ag Center​. Southeastern Indiana Purdue Ag Center​ aerial view.

Managers, Maps & More About Our Research

Joel Wahlman
Superintendent, Southeast-Purdue Agricultural Center 
4425 East 350 North
Butlerville, IN 47223
Phone: 812-458-6977

Don Carlson
Southeast-Purdue Agricultural Center (SEPAC)
4425 East 350 North
Butlerville, IN 47223
Cell: 812-798-2764

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Purdue centers seek to support and enhance the research and partnership enterprise at Purdue University. The centers are valued and encouraged at Purdue as they create a venue for faculty to come together to pursue common goals. Forestry and Natural Resources have faculty and staff involved in six centers here at the University.

The Department of Forestry and Natural Resources maintains an impressive collection of state-of-the-art research and education facilities. These labs, green houses, and educational facilities are a fundamental component that enables our faculty and students to learn, make new discoveries, and engage our clients in using these discoveries to sustain our nation’s ecosystems and natural resources.​