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April 20, 2018

Picture this: It's a hot summer day. Cows in a field are seeking shade under solar panels. And those panels? They're feeding two electric vehicle chargers -- and powering an office building nearby.  That will be the scene in a few months at the University of Minnesota's West Central Research and Outreach Center in Morris.

April 19, 2018

In a recently completed project focused on electricity and fuel consumption in commercial swine facilities, researchers of the WCROC identified the heating as well as the ventilation systems as top users.

March 29, 2018

Esther Jordan, Communications Specialist for the WCROC, was recently awarded the ROC Outreach Initiative Award for her innovative efforts and creative thinking in marketing and promoting the WCROC.

March 23, 2018

Weather data collected at the West Central Research and Outreach Center is one of the oldest weather data sets in the Western plains.

March 2, 2018

Markedly higher levels of health-promoting fatty acids reported in new U of MN study.

January 31, 2018

Rob Gardner, WCROC renewable energy researcher, grows algae for feed in dairy wastewater.

December 29, 2017

Researchers examine floor space allowance for sow housing, trying to find the right balance to maintain animal welfare without compromising sow inventory and total production.

December 29, 2017

Efficiency in today’s hog operation is the name of the game, and that isn’t just for the production of the pigs in the barns. Producers are also concerned about energy use.  This study is one of the first to specifically measure the energy consumption of operating commercial pork production systems.

December 27, 2017

How one UMM student found her calling while working with the WCROC dairy herd.

December 22, 2017

Using captured and recycled nutrients from runoff water, Rob Gardner, Assistant Professor of Renewable Energy at the WCROC hopes to produce an environmentally friendly microalgae-based biofertilizer.

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Fertilizer from the Wind

2014 LiveBIG: Wind Fertilizer Feature (Minnesota)

 
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.

WCROC named Outstanding Conservationist for 2011

The West Central Research and Outreach Center (WCROC) in Morris was named Outstanding Conservationist for 2011 by the Stevens County Soil and Water Conservation District. This recognition was based on the ROC's research and educational programs in horticulture, water quality, renewable energy, dairy, swine, and crop production.