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Education center promotes MSU’s agricultural research


June 30, 2016 

The Saginaw Valley Research Agricultural Education Center will create learning opportunities about MSU’s influence in agriculture and science across the state.

The new facility provides additional space for demonstrations and industry meetings, hosted by MSU AgBioResearch, MSU Extension and the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

The 11,000 square-foot educational facility includes a 300-person meeting room, a 50-person classroom for hands-on learning activities, on site offices and a multipurpose reception space for events or educational displays.

“The education center demonstrates the importance of investing research and education,” said farm manager Paul Horny. “It’s imperative that we insure the future of agriculture and people in the region.

MSU began operating the facility in the Saginaw Valley area in 1971. The center moved from Saginaw to Frankenmuth in 2008 after the Land Management Office purchased a 250-acre farm.

After acquiring more land in recent years, the farm now encompasses 310 acres. The expansion allows for a variety of crops to be grown and studied including black beans, sugar beets, corn, wheat and soybeans.

To learn more about the center, visit Research@MSU.