Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC)
The Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center is the premier center for agricultural research in Ohio. The Center is directed by Steven A. Slack, Ph.D., and is comprised of 274 research scientists engaged in over 400 research projects. These researchers are located on the Ohio State University campus in Columbus (200 faculty members) and on the OARDC campus in Wooster (74 faculty members). The OARDC manages over 7100 acres in Ohio, including 2000 acres in Wayne County, and conducts research at eleven locations throughout the state.
The OARDC was created as the Ohio Agricultural Experiment Station in 1882, and moved from its original location on Ohio State's Columbus campus to Wooster in 1892. OARDC faculty share academic appointments with departments in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, the College of Biological Sciences, the College of Human Ecology, and the College of Veterinary Medicine.