Other Centers & Institutes

The Farmer Institute plays an important role within the University and the broader Commonwealth, providing support in areas ranging from staffing to communication and program development and implementation. As a resource to the campus community, it serves as a hub for partners across the state of Kentucky.

Below are links to other campus centers that support environmental and sustainabiity related research.

Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering(CeNSE): CeNSE is in the College of Engineering and is a multidisciplinary group of faculty, students, and staff at the the University of Kentucky with a shared vision and a cutting-edge research facilty to study and develop materials and devices at the nanoscale. The research facility is shared-use to encourage the development of device research at the nano-scale. Nearly $2 million has been invested in the basic fabrication techniques of film deposition, lithographic pattern definition, and material etching that will enable cutting edge research in a variety of fields.

Institute for Sustainable Manufacturing (ISM): The Sustainable Manufacturing Research Program brings together faculty from across the College of Engineering, from other UK colleges and centers, and from universities in the U.S. and a dozen foreign countries. The goal is to pursue multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary research projects intended to help manufacturing achieve long-term profitability while offering societal benefits and without harm to the environment or to the needs of future generations. Researchers work closely with industry to ensure the relevance and practicability of the projects.

Environmental Research Training Laboratories (ERTL): ERTL is a hands on learning and research facility used for a variery of organic and inorganic analyses and microbial analyses.  It's mission is to increase research opportunities and improve results by offering personalized training and access to state-of-the-art laboratory equipment and techniques.  Services include experimental design and method development, analytical training, networking opportunities, and scientific instrumentation covering a broad array of research areas.

Kentucky Geological Survey (KGS): KGS is a diverse research program that provides for citizens, researchers, industry, and government, scientifically based information on Kentucky's geology and mineral and water resources. KGS conducts research, collects data, and serves as the State's official archive for data on petroleum, coal, minerals, ground water, and topographic and geologic maps.

Center for Applied Energy Research (CAER): CAER conducts applied, problem-focused research, technical consulting, and analytical and testing services.  The focus is on engineering scale-up, cost reduction, and production efficiencies; and on supporting at-scale demonstrations, technology maturation, and deployment. 

New Crop Opportunities Center: The New Crop Opportunities Center coordinates multi-disciplinary teams of faculty, staff and students to research and set guidelines for producing and marketing selected crops at a profit. The Center is funded by a Special Research Grant from the USDA.

Robinson Forest: The Robinson Forest, managed for research, teaching and Extension education by the University of Kentucky Department of Forestry, is one of the largest research and educational forests in the eastern United States.  Robinson Forest is a collection of seven tracts totaling 14,800 acres, and is located on the Cumberland Plateau in southeastern Kentucky.

The Arboretum: The Arboretum began in 1991 and is continuing to boast 100 acres of year-round color and plants. Stresses melt away among the 100 acres of marvelous sights and sounds of our gardens. In the heart of Lexington, The Arboretum is easily accessable from any location in town.

Precision Agriculture for Kentucky: Precision agriculture involves the recognition of the variability that exists within agricultural production units, and the adjustment of inputs in accordance with this variation to optimize economic yield.

Regulatory Services: As a part of the Kentucky Agricultural Experiment Station in the UK College of Agriculture, Regulatory Services is committed to service and consumer protection of Kentucky citizens, businesses, and industries. Their programs monitor and analyze feed, fertilizer, milk, seed, and soil and are administered using a cooperative, science-based approach.

Robinson Center for Appalachian Resource Sustainability: At Quicksand in Breathitt County, Kentucky, the Robinson Center for Appalachian Resource Sustainability (RCARS) is the east region location for research on fruits and vegetables, ornamentals, livestock forages, grain crops, tobacco and wood utilization.  The Robinson Center is also the administrative headquarters of the Robinson Forest, which spreads over parts of Breathitt, Perry and Knott counties and is the site of forestry, wildlife, surface mine reclamation, and watershed management research, teaching and extension.

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