Missouri State University - Mountain Grove

Fruit Experiment Station

Welcome to the Missouri State Fruit Experiment Station

The Missouri State Fruit Experiment Station in the William H. Darr College of Agriculture. Agriculture faculty are located on both the Springfield and the Mountain Grove campuses.   The Experiment Station is dedicated to the advancement and improvement of the Missouri fruit crop industry. Dr. Ron Del Vecchio is the Dean of the College and the Director of the experiment station, Pam Turner is the Administrative Assistant and Leslie Akers is Clerical/Public Education Assistant.

The Missouri State Fruit Experiment Station conducts plant science research and educational programs as well as outreach for commercial growers and the public.  The department conducts the Grape Importation and Certification Program a USDA quarantine site and the Center for Grapevine Biotechnology. 

Undergraduate education includes internships, independent study, selected topics, undergraduate research and courses. Thesis research opportunities for graduate students also are available through the Plant Science Masters Degree Program.

VESTA (Viticulture and Enology Science and Technology Alliance) Regional Center of Excellence is a National Science Foundation is a  partnership of two year schools in mid-America providing online courses leading to a certificate or Associate of Applied Science degree in either enology or viticulture. For detailed information about courses, schedules, faculty, etc. please go to www.vesta-usa.org

VESTA and MSU offer the Online Vesta-linked MSU Accellerated Masters Program where Vesta courses are linked to MSU graduate courses.