Northeast Research and Extension Center (NEREC) Introduction - July 2013
[Fred Bourland, Center Director. Northeast Research and Extension Center (NEREC). U of A University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Research and Extension University of Arkansas System, Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board.]
My name is Fred Bourland. I’m the center director of the Northeast Research and Extension Center. It’s commonly referred to as NEREC.
NEREC is one of four research and extension centers that are located off campus in the University of Arkansas System. [Arkansas Agricultural Research and Extension Centers. Map of the state of Arkansas showing county outlines and locations of the Research and Extension Centers in Stuttgart, Hope, Fayetteville, and Keiser.]
This center actually had its beginning in 1948 as an alfalfa substation. It was located nearby Osceola at that time.
In 1957, the grounds here at Keiser were purchased and a Northeast Branch station was established. In 1980, we became designated as a center. As a center as opposed to a station, we will have research and extension faculty located here and we have additional rolls in both research and extension.
[Video shows outside of building and sign showing the Northeast Research and Extension Center along with the U of A University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture logo.]
The NEREC at present consists of our station here at Keiser, which is about 750 acres in which we do research and extension work on all of our major crops. We also have the Lon Mann Cotton Research Station at Marianna that comes under NEREC. It’s about close to 700 acres and again, focuses on our major crops here in the Delta region.
[Video shows research plots and various research equipment.]
At present, our station here at NEREC consists of three research scientists, myself that is involved with cotton breeding, cotton variety testing. We have Dr. Glenn Studebaker, who is an Extension Entomologist and Dr. Archie Flanders, who is an Extension Ag Economist.
We also have program techs that are the liaison between project leaders and the actual work that is done here on this station. We carry out both research and extension responsibilities throughout the year.
For more information about NEREC, look for future podcasts or visit us at our website. Thank you.
[For more information visit www.uaex.edu. University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Research and Extension University of Arkansas System, Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board.]