Bozeman Agricultural Research and Teaching Farm (BART Farm)

BART Farm
2730 West Garfield
Bozeman, MT 59718

The Bozeman Agricultural Research and Teaching Farm (BART Farm), formerly known as the Towne Farm, is located west the main MSU campus off 19th Avenue. It comprises 474 acres and includes the Oscar Thomas Nutrition Center, Miller Pavilion, Horseshoeing School and Horticulture Farm.

BART also has a research feedlot, Calan gate facility, GrowSafe system, feedmill and artificial insemination building. Surrounding pastures and hayfields help support the animals housed there, including beef cattle, sheep and horses. The farm is dedicated to the service and support of research, teaching and extension activities relating mainly to animals and animal management.

Shay Larsen

Shay Larsen

Co-Manager, Cattle Operations
Tyrell McClain

Tyrell McClain

Co-Manager, Equine Operations

 

Arthur H. Post Agronomy Farm & Lutz Farm

8431 Huffine Lane
Bozeman, MT 59718

The Post Farm is a 254 acre site located west of Bozeman on Huffine Lane dedicated to the development of new wheat and barley varieties, cropping systems research, seed increase through Foundation Seed and research to control weeds in small grains, with particular emphasis on plant breeding programs.

Lutz Farm

7970 McGuire Road
Bozeman, MT 59718

The Lutz farm is a 600-acre farm north of Bozeman dedicated to growing crop varieties for the Montana Foundation Seed Program. 

Dave Gettel

David Gettel 

Farm Operations Manager

(406)-586-6819
dave.gettel@montana.edu

 

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Jeff Todd

Farm Foreman 

(406)-586-6819
Jeffrey.todd@montana.edu

Red Bluff Research Ranch

Highway 84
Box 2815
Norris, MT 59745

The 10,803-acre Red Bluff Ranch is located near Norris in Madison County, Montana, along the west side of the Madison River and is used for both teaching and research. Most of this ranch is rangeland with cattle and sheep maintained year round, as well as limited hay meadows along the valley bottoms. Elevations range from 4,600 feet to 6,200 feet above the Madison River canyon. 

JT Saunders

JT Saunders 

Research Manager

(406)-685-3301
justin.saunders@montana.edu  

Fort Ellis Research Farm

33336 East Frontage Road
Bozeman, MT 59715

Situated on a historic U.S. Cavalry fort on the eastern edge of Bozeman, the Fort Ellis Research Farm includes approximately 640 acres and was dedicated in 1930 as a “headquarters for the range sheep investigations” conducted by the MAES. This facility plays a large part in research and teaching in the areas of sheep, beef cattle and horses. 

Montana Wool Lab 

P.O. Box 172900
Bozeman, MT 59717-2900

The Montana Wool Lab is one of only two wool research and service laboratories in the United States, analyzing wool from producers across the country for fiber characteristics, such as diameter and staple length. These analyses are required for producers to enroll in the National Sheep Improvement Program (NSIP), the only American organization to offer U.S. sheep producers a proven genetic selection system to use to improve flock productivity and quality. Furthermore, seed stock producers are encouraged to have wool analyzed for possible purchasers so they know the wool quality of the animal, as wool is a moderately heritable trait.

The Montana Wool Lab collaborates with scientists and personnel at the University of Wyoming, New Mexico State University, University of Nevada, University of Minnesota, Texas A&M University, United States Department of Agriculture, United States Sheep Experiment Station and National Sheep Industry Improvement Center and remains a leader in fiber research in the United States.

 

Liz Deurmeier

Liz Deurmeier

Wool Lab Research Associate

Trestin Benson

Trestin Benson

Wool Lab Research Associate

Horticulture Farm

2730 West Garfield
Bozeman, MT 59718 

The Horticulture Farm, located at the BART Farms, is ten acres of land, eight of which are cultivated. There are also seven high tunnels. The Hort Farm supports horticulture teaching (turf grass management and organic market gardening) and research programs in PSPP, LRES, and Electrical Engineering.

The Hort Farm is also home to Towne’s Harvest Garden, a three-acre diversified vegetable and educational research farm that supports a student-run, community-supported agriculture program. Towne’s Harvest Garden promotes learning about food production, the value of eating and supporting local foods, community building and individual empowerment. Much of the research from the MAES Small Farms Program research takes place at the Horticulture Farm.   

Plant Growth Center  

MSU Campus (11th Ave)
Bozeman, MT 59717

David Baumbauer

David Baumbauer 

Manager, Plant Growth Center & Horticulture Farm 

406-994-2231
baumbauer@montana.edu

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Allison Rognlie

Assistant Manager, Plant Growth Center & Horticulture Farm