Winfred Thomas Agricultural Research Station
The Winifred Thomas Agricultural Research Station (WTARS) is designed to provide facilities and outdoor laboratories to completely integrate the instructional, research, extension, and public service programs at Alabama A&M University, under the traditional land-grant concept. The 972 acres facility in Hazel Green is used by research faculty and graduate students for diverse agricultural research studies in Agronomy, Animal Science, Horticulture, Forestry, Soil Science and other Environmental topics. The facility is also used for numerous outreach activities for and by the community including workshops by Alabama Cooperative Extension Service (ACES), ROTC, field days, school field trips, 4H, FFA and more.
The facility is overseen by the Dean/Research Director of the College of Agricultural, Life and Natural Sciences (CALNS), under the mandate of the 1890 land-grants mission. Through the USDA, the Evans-Allen program supports agricultural research, along with other resources for extension activities with an emphasis on reaching socially and economically disadvantaged people. As stated in a report by Washington State University in 2009, ‘The Land Grant: What is it?’ “These universities continue to fulfill their democratic mandate for openness, accessibility, and service to people, and many of these institutions have joined the ranks of the nation's most distinguished public research universities. Through the land-grant university heritage, millions of students are able to study every academic discipline and explore fields of inquiry far beyond the scope envisioned in the original land-grant mission”.
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