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June 9, 2017

Each year, the U of MN Professional & Administrative (P&A) Senate recognizes units of the U of MN that are judged to be exemplary in their support of P&A staff and the critical role P&A employees fulfill in supporting the University's mission.  The WCROC was recognized as the 2017 Outstanding Unit Award Honorable Mention.

May 12, 2017

Brad Heins, dairy scientist at the WCROC, received the Outstanding Graduate Faculty Award for his outstanding leadership and mentorship to graduate students.

May 8, 2017

On June 13-14, the U of MN WCROC will host the Midwest Farm Energy Conference; the conference is designed to provide practical, research-based energy information to farmers and agricultural professionals.  Keynote speakers include Dr. Barry Bunn (SDSU), Dr. Brian Buhr (U of MN), and Mr. Mark Greenwood (AgStar).

March 29, 2017

Despite the inclement weather conditions present throughout the Upper Midwest, outwintering is a management style growing in popularity.  With low set-up costs, outwintering a dairy herd wins every time.

March 21, 2017

When choosing genetics for a grazing herd, producers should focus on profitability more than production. “It’s best to think about it in terms of the amount of milk per acre rather than just production numbers,” says Brad Heins, associate professor of dairy science at the WCROC.

March 7, 2017

Current floor space allowances for finishing hogs are based on research that is 10 to 20 years old, when hogs were marketed at around 250 pounds. Recent multi-university research (including the U of MN WCROC) aimed to determine if today’s larger finished hogs require more floor space.

March 3, 2017

U of MN graduate student, Hannah Phillips, was awarded first place in the Organic Research Forum Poster Session at the 2017 Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) Conference held in La Crosse, WI. She is pursuing her Master's degree with an emphasis in organic dairy systems under the direction of WCROC dairy scientist Brad Heins.

February 13, 2017

Scientists are trying to help pork producers respond to consumers' concerns. “We want to assess and evaluate animal welfare objectively...we want to be sure animal welfare is safeguarded based on science and knowledge, rather than just saying that animal welfare is bad or good,” said Yuzhi Li of the WCROC.

February 6, 2017

Each growing season, hundreds of annual flower cultivars are trialed in the Horticulture Display Garden at the U of MN WCROC, Morris.  By the end of the season, certain varieties truly stand out as a superior performer. Steve Poppe, horticulture scientist at the WCROC, determines the Top Ten Performing Annuals for our area.  The 2016 Top Ten were recently featured on KARE 11. 

February 1, 2017

The U of MN has become one of the world leaders having developed novel production technologies and a globally-unique wind-to-ammonia pilot plant located at the WCROC.  New funding from USDA ARPA-E will further advance this important research.

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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. Read more about it in the Fall 2011 issue of SWCD Conservation News.