Our work across the state relies heavily on a network of research and education centers.

The Extension and Public Engagement Connection Center (EPECC) serves as a portal for the University of Illinois community and public and private partners to get connected with Extension for public impact-focused research and engagement projects. EPECC offers consulting, training, and financial support for community engaged scholarship within Extension’s five critical issue areas: food, economy, environment, community, and health.  

Extension’s agricultural centers exist to provide direct service to crop producers, landowners, crop consultants, advisors, the agricultural industry, the green industry, and commercial growers. This group of centers is a system of field laboratories and classrooms accessible without charge to clientele. The centers provide resources where faculty and staff can conduct proof-of-concept research.

Illinois Extension Research Facilities

Extension & Public Engagement Connection Center

EPECC provides connections and support for partners to pursue applied research, teaching, and outreach through the Extension network.

Crop Sciences Research and Education Center

Locally referred to as the South Farms, this 1,000 acre research farm sits south of campus and includes the Morrow Plots, the oldest continuous agricultural research field in the United States.

Dixon Springs Agricultural Center

Researchers at DSAC coordinate their programs to meet the needs of area farmers. Beef cattle research focuses on grazing management, nutrition, genetics, reproduction, and pest management.

Orr Agricultural Research and Demonstration Center

The Center herd resides on a 206 acre managed-intensive grazed pasture with winter cow feeding facilities. Orr conducts research on beef cattle nutrition, management, reproduction, genetics and grazing.

Northwestern Illinois Ag Research and Demo Center

This center is a 320 acre facility that is home to more than 50 research projects each year, including research on soil chemistry and fertility, weed science, entomology, plant pathology, pest management, and environmental quality.