State-of-the-art spaces: Agricultural Research, Development, and Education Center (ARDEC)

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Colorado State’s Agricultural Research, Development, and Education Center, or ARDEC, is located several miles northeast of CSU’s main campus, and features approximately 1,000 acres boasting irrigated farmland, livestock units, and various research- and teaching-related buildings. The main building includes a large conference room that converts into an arena, classrooms, 34 individual workrooms, drying, processing and scale rooms, and picnic areas outside. Beyond the main building, you’ll find sheep and cow facilities, feedlot pens, palpation chutes, and a Temple-Grandin-designed curved livestock handling facility. ARDEC is primarily a teaching farm, working livestock facility, and horticultural research center where students and agricultural scientists can work together to investigate and solve today’s agricultural problems.

  • Who studies here: Primarily you’ll find students from CSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences studying at ARDEC, but there are several hands-on Animal Science classes that are open to all majors, and often bring in undergrads from other majors, as well.
  • Built: March 1993
  • Location: Northeast of campus, just off interstate 25. See map.

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Prairie Smallwood

Prairie Smallwood is a writer and content creator for the Office of Admissions at Colorado State University. She is passionate about education and exploration, and knows that going to college can be both an adventure and an overwhelming experience. She aims to create content that helps students through that journey — the wonderful, the scary, and everything in between.