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Fruit Research and Extension Center

The Fruit Research and Extension Center (FREC) in Biglerville is situated on 180 acres of fertile land in south-central Pennsylvania, in the heart of the major tree fruit production area of the state.

In addition to providing site-specific conditions for research, the facility increases opportunities for growers, consultants, consumers, and students to observe experiments and to consult with scientists. Extension specialists apply experimental findings to local conditions, and, in turn, make suggestions to scientists about new research needs.

Latest News

Extension Outreach for a Promising Next Generation of Specialty Crop Growers
March 22, 2019
Penn State Extension is extending its outreach to a promising next generation of specialty crop growers from diverse backgrounds.
Harper to Take the Reins at Penn State's Fruit Research and Extension Center
March 1, 2019
Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has named Jayson Harper, professor of agricultural economics, as interim director of the Fruit Research and Extension Center, effective March 1.
100 Years: Penn State Fruit Research and Extension Center
January 21, 2019
During a Field Day on July 10, 2018, the Penn State Fruit Research and Extension Center (FREC) celebrated its 100th anniversary. This is what industry stakeholders and graduate students had to say about the Center's impact over the years.
100 Year Anniversary Tributes to the Penn State Fruit Research and Extension Center
January 21, 2019
In recognition of the 100 Year Anniversary of the Penn State Fruit Research and Extension Center (FREC), university and industry representatives gave presentations on the Center's role in the College of Agriculture over the years.