The Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resources Laboratory is a top priority for the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. At its core, it assists CFAES in its mission to Sustain Life. With an expanded vision, it will serve as a hub for teaching, research and engagement in the areas of food, health, agricultural production, and environmental sustainability. We see:
- Expanded opportunities to prepare the future workforce as Ohio State students engage in hands-on learning.
- Continuation and advancement of cutting edge research.
- More public and community engagement around a broadly defined agriculture.
The 260 acres, close to campus, already hold a wide variety of natural features and facilities to support programming, including the Turfgrass Foundation Research and Education Facility, Waterman Dairy, the Honey Bee Research Lab, tillable land, a woodlot and a stream.
The college is poised to invest nearly $50 million in three new facilities:
- The Kunz-Brundige Franklin County Extension Office, with construction beginning the summer of 2018.
- The Controlled Environment Food Production Research Complex with a state-of-the-art greenhouse and aquaculture facility
- Multi-species Livestock Learning Center
Dean Cathann A. Kress convened the Future of Waterman Task Force to develop a comprehensive vision for Waterman, a physical master plan, and a proposed governance structure.
Led by Graham Cochran and John Foltz, team members include Carol Anelli, Julie Fox, Andy Gurd, Elizabeth Hawkins, Tracy Kitchel, Dewey Mann, Jim Metzger, Terry Niblack, Kathy Smith, Brian Hanna, Ken Scaife, and Suzanne Steel.
The task force will gather broad stakeholder input in April and May, including from college and university faculty and staff, elected officials, neighbors, alumni, commodity groups, friends of the college and more. They will then synthesize the information to determine strategic positioning. By the end of 2018, the team will submit a proposed masterplan and governance structure.
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