Feldun Purdue Agricultural Center
Size and Topography
- Nearly 900 acres in Lawrence County near Bedford, including about 600 acres of pasture
- Limestone-derived soils characteristic of this part of south central Indiana
- Old limestone quarry and fragipan soil
Moses Fell Dunn, a highly regarded lawyer and member of the state legislature, gave 360 acres to Purdue University in 1914. The university used his gift to establish Indiana’s first “experiment station” outside of Tippecanoe County.
The Indiana Beef Evaluation Program’s Bull Test Station at FPAC was started in November 1976 at the Pioneer Beef Cattle facility near Tipton and later moved to Purdue University’s Lynnwood Farm at Carmel. It has been located at FPAC since 1989.
Feldun-Purdue Marks a Century of Service to Southern Indiana Producers
- The Indiana Beef Evaluation Program (IBEP) Bull Test Station, an important link between Purdue Agriculture and Indiana’s beef cattle industry
- Concrete, gravity-fed water tanks downstream from pond
- Demonstration of watering systems, grazing techniques, and beef cow production practices
- New born calves
Field Days & Training Events
Research at FPAC focuses on commercial beef cattle breeding and management. Scientists in the Department of Animal Sciences use most of the pasture for a cattle herd that is part of a long-range genetics study. Other research has included studies of growth, yield, and cutting alternatives for upland central hardwoods and grazing research. Agronomic field studies with row crops are limited, with roughly 60 acres of soybeans and 140 acres of corn.
In addition to scientists from the Department of Animal Sciences, researchers from the Departments of Agronomy, Forestry and Natural Resources, and Entomology conduct research at FPAC.
Feldun-Purdue Agricultural Center
1117 State Rd 458
Bedford, IN 47421
Terry Stewart, Ph.D.
Indiana Beef Evaluation Program