Developing research for agriculture that supports Oceana, Mason & Newaygo Counties


The West Michigan Research Station Announces Vacancy for 2024-2025 West Michigan Horticultural Research, Inc. Board

Exciting News!!

We are formally announcing the availability of a Board Seat with the WCMHR, Inc. organization coming in early 2024. A member will be stepping down at the end of their term to give an opportunity for another to participate in our mission and future endeavors with the West Michigan Research station through the organization.  Below you will also find the Board Seat Vacancy announcement letter and the Nomination form.

Per WCMHR, Inc. By-laws: Membership in the organization is limited to those persons who are actively engaged in growing, testing, research and education in the horticultural sciences or the production, marketing or distribution of horticultural products, or who are otherwise related to the horticultural industry in Tree Fruit. Membership is granted who upon initial application for membership contributes $1.00 or more to the organization (Membership Form also below)

Oceana County’s F.I.R.S.T. Robotics Team #6128

The West Michigan Research Station and Local High Schools have teamed up to create a county wide High School Robotics space for our area high school students. This program will give access to area students in smaller rural schools a opportunity for participating in development, innovating, leadership, and team building through the passion of technology. F.I.R.S.T. Robotics Competition is an international high school robotics competition. Each year, teams of high school students, coaches, and mentors work during a six-week period to build robots capable of competing in that year’s competition; meeting obstacle specifications outline by the Competition Board. To learn more about the M.O.T.O.R. team, what F.I.R.S.T. Robotics is about, and what needs the team has to have a successful competition season please look through the presentation below.

Facility and Equipment Rentals Available!!

Available now is a 6ft Brillion Seeder and a 10ft Brillion Seeder available for rental. Check out our Equipment Rental page, under the Rental tab on the top of the page, for information on pricing, rental process and current availability calendar.

Looking for a venue for your Private, Corporate, or Community events? Dates are filling up – Book Today! Click on the Rental Tab at the top of the page select Facility Rental and check out our rates and current availability calendar.



Emily Lavely our MSU Educator hosted a Fruit & Vegetable Spray Day at the station. This included a drone spray demonstration and some autonomous vehicles with a mini GUSS and Sonic Spray. The autonomous sprayers were the first units induced to our local Oceana county growers. Click the link below to read more on the Spray Day event.


The Versiti Blood Centers and the West Michigan Research Station has teamed up to host the monthly Hart Community Blood Drive. One hour of your time will help save THREE lives!!! The next Blood Drive will be on Nov. 27, 2023 between 8am-12:30pm for AM Donors & December 7, 2023 between 2pm-7pm for PM Donors. Appointments Preferred but, not necessary click this link for easy scheduling:


The WCMHR, Inc. hosted the Grand Opening of the Earl & Linda Peterson Research Station on August 5, 2021. Several speakers were present at the Grand Opening ceremony including Earl Peterson of Peterson Farms Inc.


Utilize all community, state, processor and educational stakeholders to build a facility that will hold a training room (120) , conference room, laboratory and fabrication facility.

Grower group collaborate with MSU extension on all assigned agriculture projects.

Training/ Meeting facility available for all community Non-Profits groups

Introduce a “Young Farmer” program back to the community and supply tools and land needed to support the program.

Partner with “MAEAP” and “Land Conservation” to ensure we explore all alternative energy possibilities and the agriculture practices are environmentally best in class.

Collaborate with the “Historical Society” to document Agriculture in the three counties.

The West Michigan Research Station has been built, and we have the Founders Club to thank for their generous donation to make the dream a reality. While the Founders Club is set, you still have the opportunity to make a generational difference in West Central Michigan agriculture. The West Central Michigan Horticultural Research, Inc. is continuing to raise funds to maintain the legacy of the West Michigan Research Station.

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West Michigan Research Station
(231) 225-0443
[email protected]

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5185 N. Oceana Dr.
Hart, MI 49420

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