Association of 1890 Research Directors

The Association of 1890 Research Directors (ARD) is the federation of the nineteen (19) autonomous 1890 land grant universities that provides coordination of research initiatives among member 1890 Institutions in cooperation with federal, state and private partners.

ARD Research Symposium 2024

Agriculture Research Infrastructure Initiative
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The ARD is integrally involved in creating a society where all people have opportunities for wholesome living and learning through responsible pursuits of their goals and aspirations. To accomplish this, the food and agricultural research mission of the ARD is to:

  • Provide visionary and enlightened leadership to member institutions as they continually address issues impacting their ability to provide innovative solutions to the food and agricultural research challenges facing the state, region, nation and world-at-large.

Primary attention is given to a broad-based research agenda and institutions’ capabilities in targeted areas that address the needs of all people in society but in particular, those who are socio-economically deprived.

1890 Land-Grant Universities Website

Watch the 1890 Land-Grant 130th Anniversary Video

Watch 130th Anniversary Celebration for 1890s Universities Webinar

Watch the ARD 40th Anniversary Video – password for video: 1577_ard

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Congressional Resolution for the 131st Anniversary

Celebrating The Life & Legacy of Dr. Ulysses S. Washington, Jr.

1890 Land Grant University 125th Anniversary Centers of Excellence

2018 Farm Bill Testimony by Dr. Walther A. Hill

Center Report

More about Land Grant Institutions

Examples of 1890 University Research Accomplishments
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