The West Central Research and Outreach Center (WCROC) is part of the University of Minnesota's College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS). We are part of a network of U of M Research and Outreach Centers administered by CFANS throughout Minnesota.
For more than 100 years, we've been located in Morris, Minn., where we work with researchers, students, farmers, the rural community, and the public. We celebrated our 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.
We work with farmers, rural leaders, faculty from throughout the University of Minnesota system, other professionals from industry and academia, and citizens to provide research and educational programming to local and global stakeholders. Working with these many partners is one of our important strengths. These partnerships keep us connected to the varied and changing needs of the producers and citizens of Minnesota.
While a majority of our research contributes to the agricultural challenges in the Upper Midwest, our innovative and cutting-edge approach has attracted a global audience. Each year, we welcome several international scholars, producers and visitors to the WCROC. Most visitors come wanting to learn more about what we do here at the WCROC, and are eager to converse with faculty and staff.