The Southern Regional Research Center (SRRC) is one of four regional research facilities in the USDA’s ARS established by the Agricultural Adjustment Act of 1938. Completed in 1941 on a 39.9 acre site adjacent to City Park, SRRC employs approximately 150 scientists and technical support staff. As with the vision of its founding, SRRC showed the favorable impact scientific investigation could have on the welfare of American farmers, industries, and its citizens. Research of high national priority has helped to improve the environment and provide new and stable markets, high-quality fiber, nutritious and safe food and industrial products at reasonable costs.
SRRC research products have made a significant national economic impact and the estimated return on investment value is 34%. Many of the conveniences we take for granted, such as wrinkle-resistant and flame-retardant cotton clothing, we owe to the work done at SRRC.