Brownstown Ag Research Center Closing

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Due to budget reductions, the University of Illinois agriculture department has announced that four research centers in the state will be affected by either less research or shut downs.

Dr. Neal Merchen, associate dean for research and Director of the Illinois Agricultural Experiment Station, and Environmental Sciences, told WGEL one of the victims will be the Brownstown Agronomy Research Center in Fayette County.

Crop production research will be halted at the conclusion of the current growing season. Merchen says he doesn’t anticipate anything being done at the facility in the near future.

He also noted the importance of the research centers to creating guidelines for famers in different areas of the state.

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The Brownstown center has one full-time employee.

Merchen said the agriculture college expects nearly $4 million less in state money this year.

Other research centers affected by the cuts are at Dixon Springs, St. Charles and DeKalb.