KBS LTAR scientists perform long-term research to inform the design of cropping systems that balance future needs for increased productivity with enhanced environmental performance and benefits to farmers and society. Our signature experiment—shared with other sites in the Network—compares today’s business-as-usual cropping practices against a set of aspirational practices in advanced systems designed by scientists and stakeholders working together.

KBS LTAR joined the national LTAR network as a funded site in 2020 as one of 18 sites that represent important agricultural regions across the U.S. We are located at Michigan State University's W.K. Kellogg Biological Station, located in southwest Michigan in the northeastern portion of the U.S. Corn Belt.