Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station

Delta Research and Extension Center


The DREC, which was founded in 1904 on 200 acres of an old cotton plantation, has evolved into a world-renowned center for agricultural research spanning more than 4,600 acres. DREC researchers focus on agricultural and aquaculture commodities like cotton, rice, soybeans, corn, and catfish. They strive to advance technology, develop best practices, and provide practical solutions to challenges faced by Delta producers.

Today's DREC has grown to almost 5,000 acres. More than 10,000 visitors tour the Center each year. Stoneville, Mississippi is also home to almost a dozen federal and regional agencies that partner with the Delta Research and Extension Center.

DREC currently employs 111 personnel and approximately 40 additional intermittent employees during the growing season. Personnel are employed by the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experience Station (MAFES), the MSU Extension Service (MSU-ES), and the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine (MSU-CVM). DREC’s payroll for 2016/2017 was $6.15 million; $2.76 million dollars in appropriated funds and $3.39 million in grant funding, resulting in a statewide economic impact of $9.66 million. An additional $5.25 million of grant funds procured by faculty at DREC generated an estimated statewide economic impact output of $9.08 million for the year.

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Telephone: 662-686-9311
Fax: 662-686-7336

Mailing Address:
PO Box 197
Stoneville, MS 38776

Physical Address:
82 Stoneville Road
Stoneville, MS 38776

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