OARDC's Research Profile
Ohio State is one of only a few universities in the U.S. that, in a single location, houses 14 different colleges, including seven health sciences colleges and a college of agriculture. Research activities are emerging from departmental and college silos and occurring within collaborative networks that stretch across traditional boundaries, both within and outside the university. Collaboration and partnership are the watchwords for the future and through these, solutions to our greatest challenges will surely be found.
The Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) is the research wing of CFAES and has more than 500 research projects underway at any time. Many of these projects are focused on critical state, national and global issues, such as water quality, food safety and security, plant and animal diseases, renewable bioenergy, etc. OARDC in Wooster is the largest agricultural experiment station of its kind in the US. The campus provides more than 4,000 acres for field research in addition to other facilities such as the Secrest Arboretum, the Biomass and Bioproducts Research Center, the Compost Research Center, a rubber processing pilot plant, weather stations, greenhouses and one of only two University BSL-3 level research facilities in the US.
In 2016, OARDC/FAES had over $40 million in research expenditures (covering both federal sponsors and industry partners).
OARDC Leverages State and Federal Dollars
From the United States Department of Agriculture:
$8.3 million from USDA in competitive grants, research support and cooperative agreements to support the research enterprise
- $0.9 million to advance sprayer technologies for specialty crops - from components to sophisticated systems
- $0.5 million to explore the biodiversity and ecosystem services in urban soils
- $0.6 million to develop a statewide network for multiple pathways to a baccalaureate degree in sustainable agriculture
From the National Science Foundation:
- $0.5 million from NSF to support new and ongoing research
From the Ohio Soybean Council:
- $0.9 million to address soybean priority areas
While each of these programs is funded to conduct both basic and translational science, OSU Extension is a major partner in many of these studies. Without the expertise of Extension faculty and staff, translating the science to the point of adoption by stakeholders would not occur efficiently.
*The Food Animal Health Research Program (FAHRP) is a nationally-known program focused on protecting and enhancing animal and public health with research focused on pathogenesis, epidemiology, prevention, and control of animal disease. Although FAHRP is housed in and largely funded through CFAES, its faculty members have the Department of Veterinary Preventative Medicine as their Tenure Initiating Unit (TIU).