Meeting Tomorrow's Challenges Through Today's Research - Agricultural Research and Development Center

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The scope and diversity of ongoing research projects at the University of Nebraska's Agricultural Research and Development Center (ARDC) near Mead, Nebraska combines to make the site one of the most unique research facilities in the United States. The ARDC is a major research and education facility of the Agricultural Research Division of the University of Nebraska's Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR). The size and diversity of the center offers many research and educational opportunities. Through its strategic planning process, IANR has set a course for agricultural research, extension and teaching that will help ensure a financially solid and environmentally sound agricultural future for Nebraska. The ARDC plays a key role in implementing the action plans that support this leadership process. MORE....

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Nebraska Extension in Saunders County

Located at the ARDC, Nebraska Extension in Saunders County provides research-based information and programs in agriculture and natural resources, consumer and family economics, community and economic development and 4-H / youth development. MORE....

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Learn about Husker Genetics
Husker Genetics
University of Nebraska researchers are developing top-notch seed varieties to meet today's growers' changing needs. They are developing improved cultivars through innovative breeding technologies. Learn more about Husker Genetics.
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Southeast Research and Extension Center
The administrative office for University of Nebraska's Southeast Research and Extension Center is headquartered at the Agricultural Research and Development Center in the August N. Christenson Research and Education Building. The primary mission of the SREC is to provide research-based education programs for people in southeast Nebraska. In addition, the center identifies research needs for the counties in the region, which includes Nebraska's two largest cities. MORE...
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Learn about the Greater Nebraska business Center
Greater Nebraska Business Center
The Greater Nebraska Business Center provides specialized business services for Research and Extension centers within the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources.  MORE..

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USACE NOP Information

  • Learn about the history of the USACE Nebraska Ordnance Plant where the ARDC is currently located and find out about the latest cleanup activities.

Featured Programs and Information

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Crop Scout Training for Pest Managers
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Watch the 2016 Nebraska Cover Crop Conference
Watch THE recording of the 2016 Nebraska Cover Crop conference.

Also check out the following...
* Nebraska On-Farm Research Network- Sponsored by Nebraska Extension, Nebraska Corn Board, Nebraska Corn Growers Association, and the Nebraska Soybean Checkoff Board.

* Comprehensive Training Site- This site provides details on upcoming crop-related workshops, conferences and other training opportunities
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Somewhere Out There

Find the ARDC Geocache

Grab your GPS-enabled device and head to the ARDC or more specifically to N 41° 08.782 W 096° 29.985.

In honor of the ARDC’s 50th anniversary in 2012, a geocache box was hidden. It's still tucked away waiting for the next geocachers to find it.  Geocaching brings the outdoors and technology together.  Armed with a GPS device and coordinates, participants attempt to find a hidden geocache box, often containing inexpensive tokens.  The golden rule of geocaching is to leave something if you take something out of the box. Don't forget to sign the log sheet and leave a note at

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The weather station is located at the Farm Operations/Facilities Operations shop located at the ARDC.