Bradford Research Center

Located 11 miles east of the MU campus on 591 acres, it has the largest concentration of research plots in crops, oils and related disciplines in Missouri. As a research laboratory and outdoor classroom, faculty and students investigate wastewater management, entomology, pest and weed control, alternative crops, organic transition techniques and the impact of hailstorms. Bradford engages the community through workshops, field days, corn mazes, the Tomato Festival, and native plants and pumpkin giveaways, and partners with University organizations, including Campus Dining Services, to improve MU’s sustainability.

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Achieving His Goal

Andrew Biggs set a goal for himself when he became the farm manager at the Bradford Research Center last year – he wanted to eventually become the superintendent. That goal came to fruition sooner…

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Improving the Ecosystem

The annual Bradford Research Center Native Plant Sale will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 9. The Bradford Research Center Native Plant Sale and Pollinator Seminar will focus on how…

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As Heard on Insight: Cleaning Up Food Waste

Did you miss the first airing of the twelfth installment of our new Insight series? LISTEN NOW to the program. The Tomato Festival is one of the most popular events at the Bradford Research…

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A Challenge Awaits

Tim Reinbott has always loved a challenge. His newest one begins in January. Reinbott, the superintendent at the Bradford Research Center in Columbia, Mo., will move into a new role at the beginning…

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Virtual Tour of Bradford Research Center

An Outdoor Classroom

With more than 200 research projects, 25,000 plots and several thousand breeding projects, students have a cornucopia of educational opportunities from which to choose

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A Research Laboratory Under the Sun

Students, faculty and extension personnel study everything from waste water management, entomology and pest and weed control to alternative crops and the impact of hailstorms.

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Community Involvement

There are as many ways to get involved at Bradford as there are plant varieties. The team at Bradford hosts numerous workshops and field days that are open to the public including corn mazes, the Tomato Festival, native plants and pumpkin giveaways.

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