Controlled Environment Agriculture Research Complex (CEARC)

Aerial view of the greenhouses and headhouse of the Controlled Environment Agriculture Research Complex

Agriculture has made a lot of strides in the last 40 years, but more work must be done if we are to continue to feed a growing population with less available prime farmland. Doing so will require multiple solutions using new science and technology. Those solutions will be explored in the new Controlled Environment Agriculture Research Complex, a state-of-the-art research facility that, for some, represent a viable alternative approach to farming. Chieri Kubota, a professor in the CFAES Department of Horticulture and Crop Science, predicts that controlled environment indoor crop production will feed the future.

The Controlled Environment Agriculture Research Complex features a 15,000 square foot headhouse with offices, classroom space, potting, storage, and a processing lab to support 25,000+ square feet of greenhouse growing space. The new facility will enable cutting-edge, indoor food production research for the benefit of the world.

Click here for a virtual tour of the new building.