Research and Education Facilities

Research and Education Facilities

Dixon Springs Agricultural Center (DSAC)

Located in the southern part of the state near Simpson, Illinois. The station operates on approximately 580 acres of university-owned property, and about 4,200 acres under special use permit with the U.S. Forest Service. 

Dudley Smith Initiative (DSI)

The Dudley Smith Initiative (DSI) supports innovative research and outreach that advances its fundamental goal of invigorating the agricultural system in Illinois.

Food Science and Human Nutrition Pilot Processing Plant

Serving the needs of the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, and others in the university, through a 10,000-square-foot food pilot plant with space for food-grade production and teaching and research activities.

Integrated Bioprocessing Research Laboratory

Focuses on the scale-up of basic research in biofuels, chemicals, and other bioproducts through a 12,000-square-foot pilot plant and 3,500-square-foot analytical laboratory.

Maize Genetics Cooperation Stock Center

Houses the nation's maize collection.

Morrow Plots 

Offers the oldest agronomic experimental fields in the United States (established in 1876 and a National Historical Landmark), including the world's longest-term continuous corn plot.

Orr Center

The Orr Center in Pike County offers research opportunities at the Orr Beef Research Center, the Orr Agricultural and Demonstration Center, the John Wood Community College Agricultural Center.  

Plant Care Facility (PCF)

Serves as the primary greenhouse space available to faculty, staff, and students in Crop Sciences, Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, and affiliated USDA projects.

Research Affiliates

ADM Institute for the Prevention of Postharvest Loss

Evaluates, creates, and disseminates economically viable technologies, practices, and systems to reduce postharvest losses of commodities, including rice, wheat, maize, and oilseed.

Agroecology/Sustainable Agriculture Program

Facilitates and promotes research and education that protects natural and human resources in Illinois while sustaining agricultural production.

Family Resiliency Center

Advances knowledge and practices that strengthen families’ abilities to meet life’s challenges and thrive.


A one-stop website for Illinois producers, lenders, and agribusinesses that provides comprehensive risk management information and analysis. "Farm Financial Analyzer" helps users evaluate farm financial performance. "Outlook" offers popular weekly and monthly newsletters on markets and other economic topics.

Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant 

Provides up-to-the-minute information on Great Lakes issues, emphasizing concerns in the southern Lake Michigan region. Research and outreach activities address water quality, aquaculture and seafood safety, biological resources, sustainable coastal development, and coastal processes.

Illinois Plant Breeding Center (IPBC)

Educates future generations of plant breeders (i.e., those involved in all areas related to cultivar improvement and seed product development) and provide ongoing support through continuing education.

Illinois Natural History Survey Prairie Research Institute

Conducts research on the taxonomy, ecology, and management of insects, plants, and animals. Offers online research databases, research project pages, survey publications, contacts, and history.

Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology

Conducts research in agriculture, human health, the environment, and energy use, and production. 

Soybean Innovation Lab (SIL)

Comprehensively addresses soybean technical knowledge and innovation, providing direct support to researchers, private sector firms, non-governmental organizations, extension specialists, agronomists, technicians, and farmer associations tasked with soybean development