Centers, Institutes, and Programs

Centers, labs, institutes, and programs within Purdue Agriculture have been developed to fill a particular need. Each brings research faculty and diverse partners together to work in a common area of interest.

Agricultural Innovation and Commercialization Center (AICC)Description: se SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

Helps producers and producer groups assess and move products or processes from initial idea to value-added enterprise.

Center for Animal Welfare Science​

Provides ​cross-disciplinary and cross-college research, teaching, and outreach teams regarding animal welfare.

Center for Commercial Agriculture

Focuses on the economic and management issues facing today’s commercial farms through applied research, management education programs, and enhancement of undergraduate education.


Center for Community and Environmental DesignDescription: se SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

Helps Indiana communities develop physical design concepts, ideas, and recommendations through entrepreneurial collaboration among students, community representatives, and professional consultants.


Center for the Environment (C4E)Description: se SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

Facilitates interdisciplinary activities that enhance environmental integrity with enlightened stewardship and innovative monitoring, modeling, and management of natural resources for expanded economic development and improved quality of life.


Center for Environmental and Regulatory Information Systems (CERIS)Description: se SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

Develops, manages, and operates computer-based information systems and databases in subject matter areas relating to environmental concerns and regulatory programs affecting the management or practice of agriculture.


Center for Food and Agricultural Business (CFAB)Description: se SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

Offers nondegree professional development programs for employees of agricultural businesses, and carries out research and Extension programs on problems of agricultural businesses.

Center for Food Safety EngineeringDescription: se SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

A joint effort between Purdue Agriculture and the USDA Agricultural Research Service,develops new knowledge, technologies, and systems to prevent chemical and microbial contamination of foods.


Center for Global Trade AnalysisDescription: se SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

Home for GTAP (Global Trade Analysis Project), a global network of researchers and policymakers conducting quantitative analysis of international policy issues to improve the quality of global economy-wide analysis through education and by developing analytical databases, economic models, and innovative methodologies.


Center for Integrated Food Manufacturing Description: se SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

Conducts interdisciplinary fundamental and applied research leading to improved food manufacturing through process engineering and advanced technology and provides educational workshops on processing and technology tailored to the food industry.


Center for Rural DevelopmentDescription: se SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

Brings together university resources to assist the public and private sector as they work toward solving rural community problems and provides a broad range of educational programs that contribute to development of Indiana’s human and physical capital.

Center for Urban & Industrial Pest ManagementDescription: se SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

Furthers understanding of urban pest problems and promotes their solutions through research and educational programs.


Crop Diagnostics Research & Training CenterDescription: se SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

Provides opportunities for hands-on learning of the art and science of crop problem diagnosis, integrated pest management, and reduced input agriculture.


Food Processing Environmental Assistance Center

Provides environmental information, resources, and training to help small and medium-sized food processors achieve environmental compliance and stewardship.

Genomics Center


Hardwood Tree Improvement & Regeneration CenterDescription: se SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

A collaborative regional research, development, and technology transfer effort between industry, university, private, state, and federal entities to advance tree improvement of central hardwoods for increased forest productivity in hardwood restoration and reforestation programs.


Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant ProgramDescription: se SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

Fosters the creation and stewardship of an enhanced and sustainable environment and economy along southern Lake Michigan and in the Great Lakes region through research, education, and outreach.


Indiana Center for New Crops & Plant ProductsDescription: se SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

Identifies, adapts, and commercializes new crops for Indiana growers and processors; creates new plant-based industries based on new crop products; and serves as a source of information for new crops.


Indiana Water Resources Research Center (IWRRC)Description: se SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

Coordinates the resources of Indiana's universities, state agencies, and industries to resolve problems associated with water resources management, use, and preservation of quality.

Laboratory for Applications of Remote SensingDescription: se SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

A multidisciplinary research laboratory internationally known for research efforts relating to remote sensing and geographic information systems.

Purdue Climate Change Research CenterDescription: se SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

Focuses on climate change, its impacts, and mitigation from a multidisciplinary perspective and encourages the application of evidence-based knowledge to address fundamental questions related to the Earth’s changing climate system.

Purdue Interdisciplinary Center for Ecological SustainabilityDescription: se SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

Addresses issues of ecological sustainability in human-dominated landscapes by integrating the processes of discovery, learning, and engagement across disciplinary boundaries and focuses on the conservation, management, and sustainability of natural resources in human-dominated landscapes. 

Purdue University Soybean Center​

Addresses emerging global challenges throughout the soybean value chain using innovative multidisciplinary approaches with collaboration between industry, government, non-profits, and academic institutions.​

Site-Specific Management CenterDescription: se SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

Develops and disseminates information about site-specific management methods that are profitable and practical for agricultural producers and those businesses and organizations that supply inputs or process products.  

Whistler Center for Carbohydrate Research

Benefits carbohydrate-producing and carbohydrate-utilizing industries through: extension of fundamental knowledge on structure-function relationships of biopolymers targeted for new technology development; education on applying knowledge of fundamental properties and behaviors of carbohydrates and proteins to the solution of practical problems.