West Central Research and Outreach Center - Morris, MN

West Central Research and Outreach Center
46352 State Hwy 329
Morris, MN 56267
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Phone: 320-589-1711
Fax: 320-589-4870

Welcome to the West Central Research and Outreach Center!

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Welcome to the University of Minnesota’s West Central Research and Outreach Center (WCROC)!  The WCROC is part of the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences and is one of nine such Centers located around the state of Minnesota. Our applied research programs cover crop production, dairy production, horticulture, water quality, renewable energy, and swine production. 

Our land and facilities provide research opportunities for colleagues at the University of Minnesota, other universities, industry scientists and students.

We provide education and outreach opportunities for farmers, industry professionals, and rural citizens of Minnesota.

In 2010, we celebrated 100 years of delivering excellent research and education to farmers and other citizens of Minnesota and beyond. Our strategic plan, developed in 2013, serves as a guide as we embark on the next 100 years of service to Minnesota.

We are located in Morris, Minnesota, on the edge of the prairie.  Our location gives us the unique opportunity to manage organic farmland, harness the power of the wind, and conduct studies under regional conditions.  We're also home to the U of MN Regional Extension office, which works with area communities.

Lee Johnston
WCROC Director of Operations



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What's happening at the WCROC

  • Rob Gardner is a new faculty member at the WCROC, a joint position with the Dept of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering.  He joins us as an Assistant Professor of Renewable Energy Systems and Sustainability.
  • Rob Nigg joins the WCROC as our Accountant.
  • The WCROC welcomes Dr. Shiquan Cui, associate professor from the Northeast Agricultural University in Harbin, China.  She will be working with Dr. Yuzhi Li on swine behavior and welfare through May 2015.
  • Two projects at the WCROC will receive LCCMR funding, thanks to the 2014 MN Legislature 
  • Lee Johnston, director of operations and professor of swine nutrition and management, was selected by National Hog Farmer as the "Master of the Pork Industry" for 2014.  Read more of the story here.  
Please refer to our News section for a complete listing of WCROC News.

Upcoming Events 

Decorating for Fall
Wed, October 15, 2014

Extending the Garden Season
Wed, Nov 19, 2014
6:30 - 7:30 pm

Please see our Events and Education page for a complete listing of all events.

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