The agricultural lands of the Kellogg Farm include approximately 1,400 acres (570 ha) located at the Kellogg Biological Station, Lux Arbor Reserve and the Marshall Farm. Check out the details in the links below to learn about the research activities of faculty, staff, graduate students, post-doctorate researchers and extension educators from both MSU and other universities.
Long Term Ecological Research
The Kellogg Biological Station Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) Program studies the ecology of intensive field crop ecosystems and its environmental consequences as part of a National Network of LTER Sites established by the National Science Foundation in 1980. The KBS LTER joined the network in 1988.
Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center
The Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) is exploring scientifically diverse approaches to converting various plant feedstocks, agricultural residues, wood chips, and nonfood grasses into liquid transportation fuels. In addition to its broad range of research projects, the GLBRC is also collaborating with agricultural researchers and producers to develop the most economically viable and environmentally sustainable practices for bioenergy production.
Long-Term Agroecosystem Research
The Kellogg Biological Station (KBS) Long-Term Agroecosystem Research (LTAR) site is part of the U.S. LTAR Network established by the USDA to develop national strategies for the sustainable intensification of agricultural production. LTAR is a partnership among 18 long-term research sites across the U.S.
At KBS, we are helping to meet future sustainability challenges for cropping systems of the upper Midwest. Our research is designed with stakeholders to advance both food production and positive environmental and societal outcomes for agriculture.
Pasture Dairy Center
The Pasture Dairy Center integrates automatic milking technology and pasture-based management with a growing focus on sustainable agriculture and ecosystem services. The Pasture Dairy Center works to expand the capacity of MSU in addressing the needs of small and mid-sized dairy producers.
Farming Systems Center
In addition to providing facility and equipment support for the long term research projects, the Farm also supports many shorter term projects related to crop and vegetable production via the Farming Systems Center (FSC).
Over 70 acres of land are available for research, most of which can be irrigated. Fields vary in size and land use history, and can be divided based on research needs. Facilities and equipment are available for researcher use. Labor support is provided on a case by case basis.
Michigan Cover Crops Program
The Cover Crops Program at the Michigan State University Extension’s Agriculture and Agri-business Institute focuses on integrating cover crops into Michigan field crop systems. Our goal is to make information from research readily available so farmers can make better decisions about using cover crops on their farms. Use the link above to explore information on growing cover crops successfully on your farm.
MSU Extension provides research-based production recommendations and resources to support the growing malting barley industry and to ensure high-quality Michigan barley can be processed locally. Visit the MSU Malting Barley website for more information about growing and malting barley in Michigan
Current and Past Short Term Research Projects
Complete list of 2017 Research Projects at the Kellogg Farm