The West Florida Research and Education Center (WFREC) is your local University of Florida campus in Milton and research facility in Jay. We are a part of the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) which is a federal-state-county partnership dedicated to developing knowledge in agriculture, human and natural resources, and the life sciences, and enhancing and sustaining the quality of human life by making that information accessible. Our mission is to create and extend knowledge in agriculture and natural resources through teaching, research, and extension to improve the quality of life.
In 1946, the Experiment Station in Jay (on County Road 182 between Chumuckla and Allentown Crossroads) opened its doors for the purpose of agricultural research in areas relevant to local growers. The Experiment Station, now referred to as the Jay Research Facility, is still creating knowledge for distribution through the UF/IFAS Extension efforts.
In 1995, the West Florida Research and Education Center started offering academic programs at the Milton Campus. These academic programs include knowledge gained through the research at the Jay Research Facility. Our academic programs allow students to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resource Conservation, Plant Science: Environmental Horticulture, or Golf and Sports Turf Management at the Milton Campus without having to relocate to Gainesville. These programs are possible through a partnership with Pensacola State College and other local area schools. To date, the West Florida Research and Education Center has graduated over 100 people.