Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center

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Current Contact Information
Address 1680 Madison Ave
City, State, Zip Wooster, Ohio 44691
Phone (330) 263-3700
Contact Person Constance Britton
Contact Title Manager
Last updated 2021-03

Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center
Type Agriculture Research and Development
Industry Agriculture; Educational Services; Professional & Technical
Fate Active
Founded 1892 (1892)
Headquarters Wooster, Ohio, United States
Number of locations 1680 Madison Ave, Wooster, Ohio
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Services Special Libraries
Website http://oardc.osu.edu

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Ohio Agricultural Experiment Station


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  • 1882 - Ohio General Assembly enacts legistlation to establish the Ohio Agricultural Experiment Station
  • 1887 - Hatch Act passed by Congress to establish agricultual experiment stations in each state; Charles E Thorne becomes first full-time director of OAES
  • 1892 - OAES moves to Wayne County by a wagon train via Route 3
  • 1894 - Dairy barn, greenhouses, biology lab completed on new OAES site located on top of Madison Hill south of Wooster
  • 1897 - Administration building completed and dedicated
  • 1908 - Secrest Arboretum established
  • 1914 - Smith-Lever Act enacted by Congress to establish Cooperative Extension Service
  • 1915 - OAES hires first editor, Leo L. Rummell
  • 1917 - OAES held Wheat Field Day, the sations first field day program
  • 1921 - C. G. Williams named director; OSU Board of Trustess and the Ohio Director of Agriculture become OAES Board of Control
  • 1928 - First soil testing lab starts
  • 1937 - Edmund Secrest is appointed director
  • 1948 - Leo L. Rummel is named director; first to hold dual positions of dean and director
  • 1950 - OAES begins a period of expansion in facilites and personnel
  • 1960 - Roy M Kottman is appointed director and dean
  • 1965 - Name is changes from the Ohio Agricultural Experiment Station (OAES) to the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC)
  • 1982 - OARDC merges with The Ohio State University, effective March 16


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