Colorado State University’s Research Farm Open House Showcases Bugs, Weather, Farming History

Colorado State University’s Agricultural Research, Development and Education Center, or ARDEC, will hold an open house from 3-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29. The open house, at the university’s research farm, showcases university research and private technology that is available to improve farming and ranching in Colorado.  

Booths at the open house include an opportunity to learn about how to use weather data pinpointed to small areas across the state that can be used to improve irrigation and farming practices on individual farms; the latest seed varieties, bred to improve food quality for consumers, available to farmers through the Colorado Seed Programs; and the true history of a Colorado Centennial farm family surviving and prospering for more than 100 years.

The university’s insect petting zoo, pesticide management program and information about irrigation water conservation also will be highlighted, and tours of the research farm via hayrides will be available, and Cam the Ram will make an appearance.

The open house is free and open to the public. Free barbecue will be provided by the Colorado State University meat lab and students on the meats judging team.

ARDEC is located at 4616 NE Frontage Rd. in Fort Collins. To get there, take I-25 north to the Mountain Vista exit, exit number 271. Drive three miles north on the east frontage road. ARDEC is on the east side of the road.

For more information, call (970) 491-2405 or visit