The Research and Extension Center at Powell (PREC) is dedicated to being the premier irrigated agricultural research and extension center that benefits the citizens of the region, state and nation.
The Laramie Research and Extension Center (LREC) was established March of 2011, though the individual buildings have been around much longer, some since 1890. LREC is located in Laramie at an elevation of 7,200 feet.
The Laramie R&E Center consists of a Beef Unit, Swine Unit, Sheep unit, the UW Research Greenhouse, McGuire Ranch, and Lab Animal facilities.
The Powell Research and Extension Center (PREC) is one mile north of Powell on Highway 25 at an elevation of 4,374 feet. The 30-year average annual precipitation is 6.67 inches. May and June are the only two months that exceed one inch of average precipitation.
Employees at PREC include one faculty researcher, a research associate I, a farm manager, two assistant farm managers, and an office associate. PREC personnel conduct research and provide services to benefit the northwestern Wyoming counties of Fremont, Hot Springs, Washakie, Big Horn, and Park—and beyond.
One hundred seventy-five of the 220 acres at the PREC are irrigated cropland. Research focuses include agronomic weed control, irrigation, cropping systems, high tunnel production, variety performance testing, transgenic variety response to herbicide treatments, and alternative crops. The center participates in numerous regional research and education projects.