Central Kentucky Farms

Connie Burdett, Administrative Associate
1925 Research Farm Rd.
Lexington, KY 40511
(859) 254-1434 x246

Orlando Chambers, Assistant Director
(859) 257-7044
ochamb@uky.edu

William Sympson, Farm Operations Director
(859) 576-3310
william.sympson@uky.edu 

Central Kentucky Farms is a division of the University of Kentucky, College of Agriculture Food and  Environment, and the Research Office and consists of the following farms.

The C. Oran Little Research Center is a 1484 acre farm which was purchased in 1991 for the development of a state-of-the-art animal research facility.  The center is located at the intersection of Highway 60 and Highway 62 in Versailles, Kentucky.  The land and facilities replaced most of the animal research activities and programs that had been conducted on the University of Kentucky Coldstream Farm since the 1950’s.  Shortly after the farm was purchased, the state legislature approved funds for the construction of buildings and infrastructure to house beef, swine and sheep units.

The North Farm is located north of Lexington, Kentucky next to Newtown Pike, Iron Works Road and Georgetown Road (see site map).  The North Farm resulted from the merging of Maine Chance Farm, Spindletop Farm and a portion of the Coldstream Farm.  The land mass of the North Farm is approximately 2400 acres which provides a vast array of teaching, research and extension opportunities for the faculty, staff and students of the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture. 

The Eden Shale farm is comprised of 961 acres in Owen County, KY and has been owned by the University of Kentucky since 1955. For over 50 years, the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment operated Eden Shale Farm as a research facility. Over time, the cost of operation became cost-prohibitive, in part due to the lack of proximity to Lexington, KY as well as ever-increasing costs associated with the farms' agricultural research projects.