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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

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Grassland Soil and Water Research Laboratory

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Our web address is http://www.ars.usda.gov/spa/gswrl

*** Click on link to view and download data collected at Temple and Riesel***

Welcome to the Grassland Soil and Water Research Laboratory located in the Southern Plains Area of the United States Department of Agriculture- Agricultural Research Service

The mission of the Grassland Soil and Water Research Laboratory is to develop technology and solutions that increase efficient use of soil and water resources, enhance forage and crop production, and support sustainable agricultural production in healthy ecosystems.  

The mission is accomplished by research that:

  • enhances decision support tools for crop and forage production and watershed management
  • improves soil, water, and crop management
  • develops biofuel production systems
  • increases rangeland productivity and quality
  • mitigates global change effects on agriculture

Grassland Soil and Water Research Laboratory research is enhanced by the cooperation with scientists and staff of the Texas A & M AgriLife Blackland Research and Extension Center and the Natural Resource Conservation Service Texas Water Resources Assessment Team and National CEAP modelling team.  The cooperating entities are co-located on the Grassland Soil and Water Research Laboratory complex located in Temple, TX in the heart of the Texas Blackland Prairie.  The federal facilities include approximately 100,000 square feet of office and laboratory workspace coupled with 440 acres of local research lands and approximately 840 more acres located in Riesel, Texas.


Last Modified: 4/15/2013