Welcome to the Appalachian Farming Systems Research Center
Welcome to the Appalachian Farming Systems Research Center, a part of the United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service. The laboratory, located near Beckley in southern West Virginia, serves the agricultural community of the Appalachian Region. Our mission is to develop knowledge and technology to increase the profitability of small-farm agricultural enterprises in the Region while enhancing soil and water quality and environmental integrity. We do this by identifying and targeting products to satisfy niche market demands and by developing practices that help farmers overcome the challenges presented by climate, steep terrain and eroded soil. We hope you find the web site informative and useful and invite your comments and questions about our research program.
The Appalachian Farming Systems Research Center (AFSRC) is located at the geographic center of the Appalachian Region where a wide array of plant species grow and persist in a patchwork of woodlands and pasture. The climate and varied topography of the region create a range of conditions supporting a variety of renewable woody and herbaceous plant resources. Our goal is to capitalize on the rich botanical diversity and favorable climate of the Region to create production systems for cattle, sheep and goats. Research programs at AFSRC integrate soil-plant-animal resources to develop knowledge and technology that increases profitability of small-farm agricultural enterprises in the Region while enhancing soil and water quality and environmental integrity.
AFSRC Picture Gallery- Updated May 4, 2011