St. Paul Campus Facilities

The St. Paul campus features numerous state-of-the-art facilities reserved for faculty and student use. From the $24 million Plant Growth Facilities to the livestock housing and field plots, the St. Paul campus is its own agricultural oasis in the center of the Twin Cities.

Greenhouses and Classrooms

Collage of Greenhouse images.

The St. Paul campus has approximately two acres of greenhouse space available for faculty to use to support plant growth research and teaching. Within the greenhouses there is 46,000 square feet of bench space and systems in place for correct heat, light, and moisture for any given project.

Environmental Growth Chambers

Collage plant growth chambers.

One hundred and forty-five environmental growth chambers are owned and maintained by the Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station, along with the College of Biological Sciences and the Cargill Center. These chambers are located in nine different buildings across the St. Paul Campus. The chambers allow for even more control of the light, temperature, and airflow than provided by the greenhouses.

Plant Pathology Quarantine Facility (BSL3)

Collage of Plant Quarantine Facilities.

Added in 2007, the Plant Pathology Quarantine Facility allows for preemptive research and readiness planning for new and emerging plant pathogens. Preemptive research is a key to preventing damage to economically important plants in Minnesota and the Midwest region. This BSL3 facility is the only one of its kind in the mid-western United States.

Insect Quarantine Facility (BSL2)

St. Paul Campus - BL2 Collage.

Added in 2003, the Insect Quarantine Facility (BSL2) is part of the Biological Sciences Greenhouse. The facility supports the research and release of imported natural enemies for biological control of exotic insect pests and noxious weeds.

Field Plots

Collage of Ag Plots at St. Paul campus.

The St. Paul campus features approximately 160 acres of land for plant research. This land is divided into 93 individual plots, ranging from 1/2 acre to five acres and may only be used by University research faculty and students.

Tree Research Plot

St. Paul campus tree research plot.

While St. Paul campus research plots are often switched out to allow for nutrient development, some areas are designated for very specific purposes. Among these is 9 acres set aside for the Department of Forest Resources to conduct research on trees.

Turfgrass Research Plot

St. Paul campus turf grass research plots.

Another permanent research area is the ten acres dedicated to research on turfgrass, including an automated rain-out shelter for research on water-use and drought tolerance.

Animal Facilities

St. Paul campus livestock facilities.

Used jointly by the Department of Animal Science and the College of Veterinary Medicine, the St. Paul campus animal facilities—aka the animal arena—include research and teaching facilities for dairy, beef cattle, swine, sheep, and poultry. Other herds and flocks are located at ROCs throughout the state.

Leatherdale Equine Center

Leatherdale Equine Center.

Opened in 2007, The Leatherdale Center is a 60,000 square foot facility that supports the University's equine program. This unique facility includes 33 box stalls, a 100x200 foot indoor and lunge arena, a clinical space for lameness evaluation and diagnosis, a wing for reproductive medicine programs, and a rehabilitation therapy area with an aquatreadmill. 

Animal Waste Treatment Center

St. Paul campus livestock manure facility.

Animal waste from the Animal Arena and College of Veterinary Medicine is carefully removed and treated on campus at the Animal Waste Treatment Center. Once treated, the waste is used as compost on campus field plots.