About the Agricultural Research Development and Education Center

ARDEC was founded in 1993 to support cooperative research and engagement on soil, crop and water resources as a facility offering integrated teaching and research under shared management. After early success, a second ARDEC was added in 1999, using the same multidisciplinary research format to include animal sciences. Now, we are a fully operational off-campus research and teaching farm, working livestock facility, and horticulture research center operating under the direction of the Colorado Agricultural Experiment Station. Our goals include:

  • Coordinated and integrated scientific investigation on agricultural problems.
  • Facilities designed to enhance multidisciplinary on-site work among faculty, staff, students, producers, processors, Ag-industry, government.
  • Educational outreach and student involvement on new agricultural technologies and the value of sustaining U.S. agriculture.

Weather

Keep an eye on your project and the weather.
Colorado Climate Center – CoAgMET – CSU – ARDEC (colostate.edu)

 

DNT

Stay informed on the latest market shifts.
DTN – AES-ARDEC (colostate.edu)

 

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Farm Logic

We use Farm Logic to manage our records and maintain efficient operations at ARDEC.
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Weather

Keep an eye on your project and the weather.
Colorado Climate Center – CoAgMET – CSU – ARDEC (colostate.edu)

 

DNT

Stay informed on the latest market shifts.
DTN – AES-ARDEC (colostate.edu)

 

i

Farm Logic

We use Farm Logic to manage our records and maintain efficient operations at ARDEC.
Customer Portal: Log In (farmlogic.com)
FarmLogic | Farm Management Software

What We Do

ARDEC supports multidisciplinary agricultural research, education, and outreach programs. Our programs enable campus-based faculty and students to work on real-world projects with multiple stakeholders, offering enriched hands-on experience. We currently engage with all college departments, as well as multiple government agencies including:

  • Food Science and Human Nutrition
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Agricultural Research Service

Our Staff

We are a diverse group working toward our common goals. Learn more about who we are and what roles we play in the ARDEC.

Facilities

Overview of field

ARDEC

Stats

ACRES

FARMABLE & IRRIGATED ACRES

Buildings

  • ARDEC Conference Center
  • CoBank Center for Agricultural Education
  • General Purpose
    • Staff Offices
    • Conference Room
    • Covered Picnic Area
  • 34 Workrooms
    • Drying
    • Processing
    • Scale Rooms
  • Shop
  • Foundation Seed
  • Machine shed
  • Pesticide storage and bulk storage
Cows

Livestock Unit

Cattle Stats
Resident ARDEC cow/calf herd – 100 head of purebred Hereford and Angus cows and replacement heifers.

FEED INTAKE UNIT CAPACITY

FEEDLOT CAPACITY

Buildings

  • Sheep barn
  • Swine units
  • Cow/calf barn
  • Heifer and bull development center
  • Metabolism barn with individual pens
  • Feed intake unit
  • Palpation chutes
  • Feedlot pens
  • Central mix area
  • Temple Grandin designed working facility
Field with a greenhouse

ARDEC South

Stats

ACRES

FARMABLE IRRIGATED ACRES

certified organic acres.

Buildings

  • Horticulture Field Research Center facility
  • House/office area
  • Machine shop
  • Research building
  • 1 greenhouses
  • 7 hoop houses