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Located in Wooster, the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) is the research arm of The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. Throughout its 121-year history, OARDC has continuously adjusted its areas of programming and research to match current and emerging needs and opportunities facing agricultural bioscience and agribusiness in Ohio. The center never falters from its primary mission of enhancing the well-being of the people of Ohio, the nation, and the world through research on food, agriculture, family, and the environment. By providing unbiased research, the OARDC has become a national and international leader in the discovery of new knowledge and problem solving.

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The Ohio State Fund for OARDC

Fund Number: 307593

Discretionary fund used by the Director of OARDC for special projects and programs

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The Center for Education and Economic Development Support Fund

Fund Number: 601493

Established March 6, 1998, by individuals, companies and organizations who value the role of education in economic development. Income and principal funds the planning and construction of the Center for Education and Economic Development on the Wooster C ampus. Unused income during this period is reinvested to principal. Upon completion of construction, income assists with the Center's operating expenses.

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The Ben Stinner Endowment Fund for Healthy Agroecosystems and Sustainable Communities

Fund Number: 626980

Established April 1, 2005, by friends and colleagues. Distribution ensures work promoting healthy and sustainable relationships between communities and the land, and nurtures and promotes leadership in those involved.

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Thorne House Renovation

Fund Number: 312334

Used for Renovation and Care of the Thorne House on the Campus of Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC)

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Secrest Arboretum 'Growing for You' Fund

Fund Number: 311674

Plant fund and capital construction for Secrest Arboretum "Growing for You" campaign Plant Fund 810048

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OARDC Organic Food and Farming Education and Research (OFFER) Program Fund

Fund Number: 625330

Established July 13, 2007 with funds from the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center; used to support the certified organic research and education activities of the interdisciplinary Organic Food and Farming Education and Research (OFFER) Program at various locations in Ohio, including OARDC Wooster and the John Hirzel Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Site in Bowling Green as approved by the administrative coordinator of the OFFER program.

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OARDC Staff Career Development Fund

Fund Number: 308138

To Support Career Development Activities for the Staff of OARDC

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OARDC Family Scholarship

Fund Number: 308139

Scholarships for Family Members of OARDC Employees

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OARDC Wooster Campus Beautification Fund

Fund Number: 605280

Established February 5, 1999, through existing OARDC funds. Income is used to beautify the grounds of the OARDC Wooster Campus.

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Mildred Stratton Krauss Library Memorial

Fund Number: 307474

For the Purchase of Books at Wooster

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Barnhardt Rice Stone House Restoration Fund

Fund Number: 305119

Restoration and Care of Barnhardt Rice Stone House

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DiagnosticSpeak Forum Fund

Fund Number: 314169

To support the activities of the forum including web site hosting, forum site updates, outreach and engagement.

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Food Animal Health Research Program

Fund Number: 308144

To Support Research in Food Animal Health Research Program

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Forbes Estate Endowment for the Secrest Arboretum with Special Consideration for the Garden of Roses of Legend and Romance

Fund Number: 602258

Established March 7, 1986, from the estate of Elizabeth H. Forbes. Fifty percent of income supports the Secrest Arboretum and Rose Garden improvements, fifteen percent for rose budding and replacement, fifteen percent for rose educational programs and it s promotion, and twenty percent for rose research, development and study.

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Gene Transfer Laboratory Support Fund

Fund Number: 307374

To Support Research by the Laboratory

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Nielsen Discovery Plaza Fund

Fund Number: 481949

Used for but not limited to repairs, improvements, and the purchase & upkeep of educational materials to maintain the Nielsen Discovery Plaza building on the Ohio Agricultural Researc and Dev Ctr. This fund is currently a pending endowment, the purpose of which is subject to change until the fund is formally approved as an endowment. Prior to such approval, the pending endowment also may be converted to a current use fund.

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OARDC Campus Tornado Relief Fund

Fund Number: 313533

Help the OARDC Wooster campus recover from the September 16, 2010 tornado including the beautification/restoration of the core campus and to help graduate students who suffered loss

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OARDC Communications & Technology Fund

Fund Number: 312689

Discretionary for use by OARDC Communications and Technology

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OARDC Entomology Research Fund

Fund Number: 312656

Discretionary funds to be used for the bug zoo, general department research office supplies and general support of the Entomology Department at the OARDC

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OARDC Food Animal Health Research Program Diversity Fund

Fund Number: 312125

To Support Activities Related to Inclusion, Diversity Awareness, and to Support the FAHRP Minority Summer Research Fellowship

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The But for Ohio State campaign is a $2.5 billion fundraising endeavor that invites those who believe in Ohio State to invest in our students, our faculty, and our potential.

*Gifts through April 30, 2016


—Dennis and Libby Holt ’73 and ’72