Two units of the Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment sponsor research on the UMass Amherst campus and other campuses. The Massachusetts Agricultural Experiment Station utilizes federal Hatch Act and McIntire-Stennis Act funding, provided by the National Institute for Food and Agriculture at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, to sponsor research conducted within academic departments at UMass Amherst that share the interest areas of concern with the Center. The Water Resources Research Center utilizes funding from Water Resources Research Institute Program funded by U.S. Geological Survey and other sources to sponsor research conducted at UMass Amherst and other Massachusetts universities.
The Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment has launched a pilot program of Integrated Research and Extension (IRE) projects. These are three-year projects in which academic research and the resulting scholarship is integrated with outreach educational programs, resources, tools or technologies that meet the needs of citizens, communities, organizations, businesses, government agencies or policy-makers. Some of the projects of the Water Resources Research Center also blend research and outreach activities.
The Massachusetts Agricultural Experiment Station, a unit of the Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment, is a mandated research organization that administers and distributes Federal Experiment Station Funds provided by the National Institute for Food and Agriculture at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Experiment Station also monitors all agricultural and natural resource research related activities in the College, and encourages new research initiatives.
The Water Resources Research Center supports research, education, and outreach on water resources issues of state, regional, and national importance as part of the national system of institutes authorized under the Water Resources Research Act of 1964. The Center supports faculty research and training of graduate students and is a national leader in the use of volunteers for high quality water quality monitoring of surface waters.
In addition to campus-based laboratories, Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment research takes place in five off-campus facilities.