Greening Michigan InstituteE3774 University Drive
Ashley McFarland provides coordination for the Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center (UPREC). The UPREC was established in 1899 and serves as the hub for integrated crop and livestock research for Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Applied research on pasture-based cattle management practices and cropping rotations is conducted in the unique environment of the U.P. Grass-based beef finishing, utilization of cover crops, hoophouse farming, and alternative soil analysis methods are keystone research elements on the farm. Outreach efforts focus on expanding knowledge of local food systems by educating producers and fostering market opportunities. Complementary agronomic studies at the 1,262-acre site focus on forages and small grains. The center also coordinates field trials on potato and corn varieties throughout the Upper Peninsula region.
McFarland also serves as a Community Food System Educator for MSU Extension, focusing primarily on beginning farmer training and integrating traditional field crops into the local food market, specifically malting barley.