The Dordt University Agriculture Stewardship Center (ASC) operates on the principle that creation belongs to the Creator, and we have been given the privilege of caring for and using it.
The ASC is located approximately three miles north of Sioux Center on Highway 75. The brand new building contains several classrooms, a large meeting space, a welding lab, and a high bay for housing farm machinery and doing repairs. The ASC facility provides a place for class sessions, student research, livestock production, and animal care. In addition to be used for ag, it will also be used by the Pro-Tech and engineering departments.
The ASC plays a key role in preparing students to work as professionals and servant-leaders in agriculture. Dordt students are guided and encouraged as they evaluate agricultural technology and practices from a biblical, Reformed perspective. Students see that God calls them—through the power of his Holy Spirit—to transform local and global food systems so that they better reflect the biblical principles of justice, love for one's neighbor, and care for creation.
Hands-on learning opportunities
- Students in agriculture, biology, and environmental studies conduct group research projects on a diverse array of topics. Their findings are shared with fellow students in courses and at field days, workshops, and conferences.
- Faculty and students continually evaluate crop and livestock production and management.
- Research projects include field trials of aphid resistance, low linolenic oil traits of soybeans and rootworm resistance traits in corn. Field trials include twin-row corn production, row spacing, date of planting studies of soybeans, and certified organic production. Other studies have focused on animal feeding trials with ethanol industry byproducts. Students have also investigated water quality, insect populations, and biofuel crops.
Find out more about agricultural degree programs at Dordt University or contact the Admissions Office at 1-800-343-6738.