Facilities and Resources
Expanding your opportunities
The Darr College of Agriculture offers state-of-the-art facilities on both the Springfield and Mountain Grove campuses of Missouri State University. Through these facilities, our faculty members and academic programs provide laboratory, hands-on learning and research experiences.
If you are interested in reserving space in one of the agriculture facilities, contact Carrie Crews at 417-837-2500.
Darr Agricultural Center
Darr Agricultural Center remains a highly visible piece of the College as well. Classes held at the Bond Learning Center continue to expand as upper division animal science and plant science courses move to the center. Research plots were developed for grapes, wolfberries, and garlic. At the Bond Learning Center, the classrooms and ballroom received updated electronics and audio-visual equipment. Further, new signage was added to the facility.
Classroom spaces in Pinegar Arena received updated electronics and audio-visual equipment. Additonally, a new back-lit sign for the arena including the Bear head utilizing LED lighting was installed. The University offers shuttle service from campus to the Darr Agricultural Center to increase student accessibility
If you are interested in renting the Darr Center for your special event, contact Darr@MissouriState.edu
Fruit Experiment Station
Located in Mountain Grove and continues to offer cutting edge experiences for students in Grape Genomics. In addition to research and student work, the station offered a variety of workshops and programs including the wine premiere, pruning, apple grafting, and shrub propagation workshops to teach fruit growers and enable their home and business success. The station produced award winning wines to represent Missouri State with tangible product, to teach and model grape and wine production and as income generation.
Undergraduate students may access the Fruit Experiment Station during select research courses, an internship experience or an independent study project. Graduate students in the plant science master's program may utilize the station for thesis research. The Station's Faculty and Staff teach and conduct research.
The Missouri State Fruit Experiment Station was founded in 1899 and became a part of Missouri State University in 1972. Due to the shifting focus of the fruit crop industry in Missouri, the station has shifted its focus through the years, from apple and peach orchards to juice grapes to wine grapes.
For more information, visit the Fruit Experiment Station on the Mountain Grove campus website.
Most agriculture courses are taught at Karls Hall located on the Springfield campus of Missouri State. Karls Hall is home to numerous classrooms, administrative offices, two auditoriums and an agriculture research and demonstration center. A full greenhouse is also located on the third floor of the building.
Shealy Farm's horse arena was remodeled to enable cattle feeding research. Moreover, an outdoor feed facility was developed for research purposes. New Fencing, grain bins and water lines were installed on the farm to provide greater flexibility in conducting research.
Mountain Grove Campus
The Mountain Grove campus of Missouri State University is located in south-central Missouri. Home to the Fruit Experiment Station, the Center for Grapevine Biotechnology and Missouri State Winery and Distillery, the campus is largely dedicated to the study of fruit crop industries, specifically grapes. For more information, visit the Mountain Grove campus website.
The Journagan Ranch, generously donated to the College by the Leo Journagan family, is a 3,300 acre working cattle ranch located 60 miles from Springfield and 10 miles from Mountain Grove. Its land, facilities and herd of Hereford cattle, the largest purebred herd in Missouri and 15th in the United States, provide Missouri State students the opportunity to gain hands-on ranching experience through a unique internship program that has benefited dozens of students, for some, their first experience on a farm.
Also, the diversity of the land, with its forests, streams and pastures, hold numerous opportunities for University research for faculty and students in biology, forestry, geology, genetics, plant science, soil quality and wildlife management.
Kindrick Family Farm
Gifted to the College of Agriculture in 2017 by Rev. Dr. Paula Kindrick Hartsfield and George Hartsfield, the Kindrick Family Farm has expanded the ability of the College to prepare undergraduate and graduate students in the areas of grain crop production, horticulture and conservation. At 80-acres, the facility gives students hands-on experiential learning in plant science, natural resources and soil science.
Acquired by the College of Agriculture in 2013, The Woodlands is home to a variety of forest ecosystems including three natural cave systems, Ozarks wildlife, and oak trees over 120 years old. Most of the property has not been managed or harvested in over 120 years, making it a prime location for student research and education. The south side of the property is home to Depression-era transient camp ruins, deeming the land historical.
Baker's Acres shares space with Baker's Observatory, located northwest of Marshfield. This property is home to cattle and helps support animal science and beef production studies.