The University of Minnesota's West Central Research and Outreach Center (WCROC) is located in Morris, Minnesota. The WCROC is part of the University of Minnesota College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, and celebrated its 100-year anniversary in 2010 -- providing a tradition of excellence in applied agricultural research and education for farmers and rural communities in crop production, animal sciences, horticulture, water quality, organic dairy, and renewable energy.
WCROC provides research-based innovation, and outreach by vigorously pursuing opportunities for agricultural producers and rural citizens while identifying and responding to emerging trends, developing dynamic solutions, and offering active learning experiences.
The WCROC is home to the only production plant of its kind in the world: producing fertilizer from the wind. Mike Reese, director of renewable energy, and his team have developed a method to combine hydrogen and nitrogen to create ammonia that can be used as fertilizer. Not only does this interdisciplinary approach help to solve important challenges facing the agricultural industry, but also serves to reduce the carbon footprint. The Big Ten Network showcased Fertilizer from the Wind on LiveBIG in January 2014. The segment will air again on February 1 and February 24, 2014 following Gopher basketball games.
Decorating your Easter Table
March 19, 2014
Lilies: Jewels of the Garden
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
presented by the North American Lily Society
July 24, 2014
Organic Dairy Day
August 12, 2014
Please see our Events and Education page for a complete listing of all events.