Upper Coastal Plain Agricultural Research Center

The uneven terrain of the Upper Coastal Plain Agricultural Research Center could be challenging for row crop production, but for the cattle, pastureland and forage crop management research that takes center stage at the UCPARC, it’s ideal. The 735-acre UCPARC is located in northwest Alabama’s Marion County.

Current Research Emphasis

Cattle, pastureland and forage crop management research is conducted on the center’s 735 acres, including efforts to develop switchgrass varieties that provide forage, improved conservation and bioenergy value. These grasses offer a number of distinct benefits compared to many annual row crops, including broad adaptation, improved soil conservation and quality, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, and carbon sequestration.