About Us

The mission of University of Florida/IFAS Gulf Coast Research Center (GCREC) is to develop and share new science-based information and technology that will help Florida's agricultural industry compete in a global marketplace.

UF/IFAS researchers and scientists work diligently to maintain and enhance the quality of Florida’s natural resources and agriculture. The researchers, which specialize in different disciplines, work on a variety of ever-changing projects—from breeding new disease-tolerant fruit and vegetable varieties to developing new treatments to control weeds.

GCREC also has a distance education program, which offers several undergraduate and graduate degrees, located in nearby Plant City.

Our Facilities

The University of Florida/IFAS Gulf Coast Research and Education Center is a 475-acre facility located in the heart of Hillsborough County.  GCREC features working research fields and state-of-the-art clean housing and laboratory facilities.  Our center also offers housing for graduate students and student interns.

Map & Directions

From I-75 north or south, take Exit 246 and merge onto Big Bend Road/CR 672 East towards US 301. Turn right onto US301/CR672, and travel 1.4 miles. Turn left onto Balm Road/CR 672 for 7.5 miles. The center is located on the south side of Balm Road.

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*Directions To The Plant City Campus

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