The at Beaumont/Eagle Lake provides educational support for rice production, as well as the alternative crops associated with rice. The Center is part of the Texas A&M University System and has faculty from the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station, Texas Cooperative Extension, Texas A&M University, and the United States Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service.


The Soil and Crop Nutrition program conducts research regarding fertilizer requirements and timing of applications. They also study alternative crops compatible with rice production and how these practices affect soil fertility.
The Entomology program focuses on insect pests of rice and how to control them using cultural practices, alternative planting dates, chemical and biological pesticides. They also evaluate new chemicals to determine optimum application rates and timing. 
The Crop, Weed and Water Management program improves water use efficiency, water conservation, rice weed control and minimizes or eliminates non-point loading of chemicals used in rice production. These factors should be directed to improving the economics of rice production. 

The Plant Physiology program studies how the plant functions in its environment, and then uses this knowledge to establish crop management alternatives for increased economic yield and environmental friendliness. They also use this information to establish screening procedures to be used in varietal improvement.

The Varietal Improvement program is jointly conducted by both the USDA and university scientists. The program develops new varieties of rice that have improved yield, disease resistance and quality. These improved varieties mean farmers can use less chemicals and still get more grain per acre, which has the potential to increase their profit margin. 
The Agroecosystems program provides a focus for integrating systems research for scientists from across much of Texas, with ongoing activities involving scientists from other states and nations. Ongoing projects include several crops and natural ecosystems. 

The Agricultural Communications program is responsible for the publication of the Beaumont Center newsletter, Texas Rice, which is distributed to over 1000 recipients in the rice industry. They also host Center tours for the public, give presentations at area schools and manage media relations.