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Palouse Research, Extension and Education Center

The Palouse

Plant science projects underway at the center include ones in weed, insect, and plant disease management, crop production, plant breeding and genetics, woody landscape plants, soil microbiology and ecology, and organic farming. Livestock projects address reproduction, genetics and physiology, nutrition, and animal health in dairy cattle, beef cattle, and sheep as well as lactation in dairy cattle.

The center is operated by the University of Idaho College of Agricultural and Life Sciences through the Idaho Agricultural Experiment Station.

Sixth Street Greenhouse Complex

Greenhouses are available to university researchers, teachers, and students who wish to conduct research in basic and applied plant sciences. Laboratory classes are taught at the greenhouse, and student clubs grow a variety of plants to sell.  The greenhouse conservatory is open to visitors during regular greenhouse hours (Mon.-Wed. 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Thurs. 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Closed university holidays). Contact the greenhouseLearn about facilities

Hubert C. Manis Entomological Research Laboratory

Climate-controlled insect-rearing and experimental facilities provide for research into host plant resistance, weed biocontrol, insect biocontrol, and the chemical ecology and behavior of insects. Tours of the laboratory can be arranged by appointment. Contact the laboratory •  Learn about facilities

Kambitsch Farm

Research and extension topics include pest management, crop production, plant breeding and genetics, and soil microbiology and ecology. Short- (one growing season or less) and long-term (several growing seasons) research is conducted at Kambitsch Farm. Contact the farmLearn about facilities

Parker Farm

Parker Farm is used for research, extension, and teaching activities. Subject areas include weed, insect, and plant disease management, crop production, plant breeding and genetics, woody landscape plants, soil microbiology and ecology, and organic farming. Short- (one growing season or less) and long-term (several growing seasons) research is conducted at this facility. Parker Farm also provides equipment and personnel for research conducted by UI faculty on private lands in northern Idaho and eastern Washington. Contact the farm • Learn about facilities

North Farm
Dairy

The dairy center helps to meet the teaching, research, and outreach needs of the university as they relate to dairy cattle. Classes give students hands-on experience in cattle breeding, feeding and nutrition, handling, vaccinations, calving, milk marketing, and other areas. Research at the center focuses on lactation physiology, reproduction, and nutrition and involves multiple faculty, staff, and students. The almost-pure-Holstein herd is used in animal evaluation classes, judging clinics, and FFA and 4-H livestock contests.  The center conducts tours by appointment. Contact the dairy •  Learn about facilities

Sheep Center

A cooperative effort between the University of Idaho and Washington State University, the center provides sheep, facilities, and support staff for conducting research, teaching, and outreach programs to benefit the sheep industries in Idaho and Washington. As part of the undergraduate animal and veterinary science curriculum, students get hands-on experience with sheep handling, lambing, sheering, breeding, feeding, vaccinating, and marketing. WSU veterinary students also train at the center. The center employs part-time student workers. The center welcomes visitors year-round and conducts tours by appointment. Contact the sheep center • Learn about facilities

Feed Mill

The feed mill ensures that animal rations used in the Palouse center’s research projects are accurate and consistent. The mill’s staff makes daily deliveries of mixed rations and concentrates to the beef, dairy, and sheep centers. To reduce costs, the staff grows and prepares a high proportion of forage ingredients on site. The mill’s staff also grows, harvests, and sells a grain crop annually to assist in the purchasing of commodities that can’t be grown locally. Visitors are welcome year-round by appointment. Contact the feed millLearn about facilities

West Farm

The beef center, located at West Farm,  helps to meet the teaching, research, and outreach needs of the university as they relate to beef cattle. Classes give students hands-on experience in cattle breeding, feeding and nutrition, handling, vaccinations, branding, calving, cattle marketing, and other areas. The Charolais herd is used in animal evaluation classes, judging clinics, and FFA and 4-H livestock contests and is showcased by the university’s Block and Bridle club at fairs and shows around the region. The center’s bulls and heifers are marketed to ranches throughout the Northwest.  The center conducts tours by appointment. Contact the beef centerLearn about facilities