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Delta Research and Extension Center

The Delta Research and Extension Center, or DREC, focuses the majority of its attention on research and extension activities on cotton, rice, soybean, corn, and catfish production.

Research and Extension faculty work cooperatively to solve crop and aquaculture production problems and transfer new information and technology to area producers.

The major goal of DREC is to increase the yields of commercial agriculture and aquaculture producers, while at the same time preserving the Mississippi Delta's environment and natural resources.

DREC is located in Stoneville, Mississippi, in the heart of the Mississippi Delta. The Center is a component of the Mississippi State University's Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine. It encompasses personnel employed by the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station (MAFES), the MSU Extension Service (MSU-ES) and the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine (MSU-CVM).

DREC, also known as the Delta Branch Experiment Station, is the largest of MSU's 16 branch experiment stations and research units located throughout the state. DREC in Stoneville has nearly a dozen regional and federal agencies with which to share knowledge located within its immediate vicinity.

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The Head of DREC is also the Head of the Delta Region of Mississippi State University's Extension Service. The counties in the Delta Region of MSU-ES include DeSoto, Tate, Tunica, Panola, Quitman, Coahoma, Tallahatchie, Bolivar, Sunflower, Leflore, Grenada, Montgomery, Carroll, Holmes, Humphreys, Washington, Sharkey, Issaquena, and Yazoo.

The major purpose of Extension activity is the transfer of new research information and technology through extension education activities and methods. The Delta Research and Extension Center brings focus to both the short- and long-term concerns of Delta producers. This enhances the land-grant mission of Mississippi State University as producers have access to an interdisciplinary staff for interaction and decision-making purposes.

The physical facilities and scope of research programs have increased since the station's inception in 1904. DREC now covers about 4,700 acres total, including approximately 200 acres of federally owned land. Row crops are grown on about 1,800 of these acres, and soil types vary from very fine sandy loams to heavy clays. Additionally, 294 acres are catfish research ponds. The nearby Delta Experimental Forest covers close to 2,700 acres of state land. More than 12,000 people visit the Stoneville research complex each year.

Delta Research and Extension Center

DREC has a staff of more than 20 research scientists and over 100 support personnel. Its network of laboratories, offices, greenhouses, research, engineering, and maintenance shops, as well as its comprehensive library, create an integrated work environment.

The Charles W. Capps, Jr. Entrepreneurial Center, also located on the DREC campus, opened its doors in 2004. The Capps Center offers 18,000 square feet of meeting space, a 400 seat auditorium and distance learning capabilities.

DREC creates positive impacts throughout the Delta, and the Delta is one of the primary audiences served by Mississippi State University.

Telephone:
662-686-9311
Fax:
662-686-7336
MSU Mailstop:
Mailing Address:
PO Box 197
Stoneville , MS
38776
Physical Address:
82 Stoneville Road
Stoneville , Mississippi
38776

Personnel

Name Job Title Email
Dr. Tom Allen, Jr. Assoc Extension/Research Prof tom.allen@msstate.edu
Mr. Richard Lee Atwill, II Extension Associate II rla127@msstate.edu
Dr. Jimmy L. Avery Extension Professor & Director jimmy.avery@msstate.edu
Ms. Sarah Jordan Ballinger Student Worker sjb425@msstate.edu
Dr. Taghi Bararpour Asst Extension/Research Prof mtb436@msstate.edu
Ms. Lindsey Taylor Bell Extension Associate I ltb124@msstate.edu
Dr. Jason Bond Extension/Research Professor jason.bond@msstate.edu
Mr. Corey Jay Bryant Extension Associate I cjb777@msstate.edu
Mr. Harrison D Burford Intermittent Worker hb524@msstate.edu
Mr. Hayden William Burford Intermittent Worker hwb71@msstate.edu
Ms. Katelynn Elaine Carpenter Intermittent Worker kec572@msstate.edu
Ms. Mary Catherine Davis Extension Associate II mcd118@msstate.edu
Dr. Lawrence L. Falconer Extension Professor larry.falconer@msstate.edu
Mr. Michael Cade Francis Intermittent Worker mcf188@msstate.edu
Dr. Bobby Richard Golden Assoc Extension/Research Prof bobby.golden@msstate.edu
Dr. Jeffrey Gore Assoc Extension/Research Prof jg231@msstate.edu
Mr. Maddox Lamar Hargett Intermittent Worker mlh943@msstate.edu
Mr. Steve Parker Harris Extension Associate I sph110@msstate.edu
Mr. Mark E. Henry Extension Associate I meh596@msstate.edu
Ms. Brenda A. Jefferson Intermittent Worker baj262@msstate.edu
Dr. Jeff Johnson Extension/Research Prof & Head jeff.johnson@msstate.edu
Mr. William J. Keith Intermittent Worker wjk76@msstate.edu
Dr. Larry J. Krutz Assoc Extension/Research Prof j.krutz@msstate.edu
Ms. Julia Hancock Leininger Extension Associate II j.leininger@msstate.edu
Mr. Stephen Daniel Leininger Extension Associate I stephen.leininger@msstate.edu
Mr. Justin Michael McCoy Extension Associate I jm1027@msstate.edu
Ms. Judith T. Norwood Computer Programmer judy.norwood@msstate.edu
Dr. John Mark Orlowski Asst Extension/Research Prof john.orlowski@msstate.edu
Mr. Russell Perry Ramsey Intermittent Worker pr509@msstate.edu
Mr. Daniel P. Roach Extension Associate III dan.p.roach@msstate.edu
Mr. Dillon Aaron Russell Intermittent Worker dar335@msstate.edu
Mr. Mark Silva Extension Associate III ams158@msstate.edu
Mr. Kyle Casey Sorrels Student Worker kcs311@msstate.edu
Mr. Hunter Alan Sullivan Research Technician has93@msstate.edu
Dr. David J. Wise Research Prof & Coordinator d.wise@msstate.edu
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