As the research arm of Ohio State University's College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) is dedicated to enhancing the well-being of people throughout the world through research on food, agriculture, family, and the environment. OARDC has 12 locations across the state, including a campus in Wooster and a strong presence on Ohio State's Columbus campus.
The rolling hills of Wayne County are home to OARDC's Wooster Campus and our world-renowned researchers. The Wooster campus was established in 1892 as the Ohio Agricultural Experiment Station. The name was changed to OARDC in 1965 to reflect its mission and programs.Visitors can stroll through Secrest Arboretum, an expansive outdoor laboratory and landscape garden, or schedule events at the Shisler Center.
Buildings just west of the Olentangy River house OARDC researchers and faculty, as well as graduate and undergraduate students.
South Centers at Piketon
Forestry, aquaculture, horticulture and business development are just some of the focus areas for the South Centers, located just outside of Piketon.
Outlying Agricultural Research Stations
Each research station provides first-class facilities and support staff to conduct specific research to support agricultural industry in the region.