Feldun Purdue Agricultural Center (FPAC)

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

Heritage

Moses Fell Dunn, a highly regarded lawyer and member of the state legislature, gave 520 acres to Purdue University in 1914, 360 acres of which was used to by the university 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.

Contact Us

Dr. Stephen Hawkins
Director, Purdue Agricultural Centers
615 W. State Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907
Phone: (765) 494-8367
Email: shawkins@purdue.edu​

Jon Leuck
Assistant Director, Purdue Agricultural Centers and Project Coordinator
615 W. State Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907
Phone: (765) 494-8368
Email: leuckj@purdue.edu​

Brad Shelton
Superintendent, Feldun Purdue Agricultural Center
1117 State Road 458
Bedford, IN 47421
Phone: (812) 279-8554
Email: sheltonb@purdue.edu

Nick Minton, Ph.D.
Indiana Beef Evaluation Program
1117 State Road 458
Bedford, IN 47421
Phone: (812) 279-4330
Email: nminton@purdue.edu

 

Resources

  • 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​ 

Current Research

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.

Articles

Learn More About PAC's

  • September 1, 2022 | Feldun Purdue Agricultural Center - DTC Forage Management Day

  • For more information contact Brad Shelton at sheltonb@purdue.edu or 812-279-8554.

Dr. Stephen Hawkins
Director, Purdue Agricultural Centers
615 W. State Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907
Phone: 765-494-8367
Email: shawkins@purdue.edu​

Jon Leuck
Assistant Director, Purdue Agricultural Centers and Project Coordinator
615 W. State Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907
Phone: 765-494-8368
Email: leuckj@purdue.edu​

Jeff Boyer
Davis-Purdue Agricultural Center (DPAC)
6230 North State Road 1
Farmland, IN 47340-9340
Phone: 765-468-7022
Fax: 765-468-8125
Email: jboyer@purdue.edu

Brad Shelton
Feldun-Purdue Agricultural Center (FPAC)
1117 State Road 458
Bedford, IN 47421
Phone: 812-279-8554
Email:  sheltonb@purdue.edu

Stephen Boyer
Northeast-Purdue Agricultural Center (NEPAC)
4821 East 400 South
Columbia City, IN 46725
Phone: 260-244-7290 (Also Fax)
Email: sboyer@purdue.edu​ 

Gary Tragesser
Pinney-Purdue Agricultural Center (PPAC)
11402 South County Line Road
Wanatah, IN 46390
Phone: 219-733-2379
Email: gtragess@purdue.edu

Joel Wahlman
Southeast-Purdue Agricultural Center (SEPAC)
4425 East 350 North
Butlerville, IN 47223
Phone: 812-458-6977
Email: jwahlman@purdue.edu

Jason Tower
Southern Indiana Purdue Agricultural Center (SIPAC)
11371 East Purdue Farm Road
Dubois, IN 47527
Phone: 812-678-4427
Fax: 812-678-3412
Email: towerj@purdue.edu

Dennis Nowaskie
Southwest-Purdue Agricultural Center (SWPAC)
4669 North Purdue Road
Vincennes, IN 47591
Phone: 812-886-9661
Email: nowaskie@purdue.edu

Jay Young
Throckmorton Purdue Agricultural Center (TPAC)
8343 South US 231
Lafayette, IN 47909-9049
Phone: 765-538-3422
Email: jayyoung@purdue.edu

PAC Events

PAC Events

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2022 Field Days & Training Events

The Purdue Agricultural Centers (PACS) will be offering public field days, workshops, and other events in 2022. These events provide educational opportunities for commodity producers, crop/livestock advisers, and others seeking knowledge in crop...

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