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Southwest Research Center

University of Missouri’s Southwest Research Center (SWC) is focused on a diversity of research and educational activities including horticulture, Monarch and pollinator-focused education, agroforestry, beef cattle, and forages. Economic, environmental, and social sustainability and support for the small family farm are important considerations in SWC’s research and outreach efforts.

SWC was established in 1959 to conduct problem-solving research and education programs that are relevant to the agricultural interests in the Southwest Region of Missouri. As part of the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources and the Missouri Agricultural Experiment Station, SWC is one of 17 off-campus farms and center that form a network of outdoor laboratories to conduct place-based agriculture-related research. The 898-acre research farm serves a 22-county area, and is assisted by an Advisory Board of individuals selected from the region. Located four miles southwest of Mount Vernon on Highway H, the facility is easily accessed from Interstate 44, as well as Highways 97 and 39. The Mount Vernon Municipal Airport is located on university property.

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SWC is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Visitors are welcome!

For more information, contact Southwest Research Center at (417) 466-2148 or visit the website at To schedule a tour or locate information on specific research or educational topics.

For more information contact the Southwest Center at 417-466-2148, or by email at

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Christmas on the Square

Farmers Market


Ernte Fest

The Southwest Research Center

Easter Egg Hunt

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