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March 4, 2016
Business Briefs: March 5, 2016
March 4, 2016 - 4:14pm
February 26, 2016
Brad Heins, assistant dairy professor at the University of Minnesota West Central Research and Outreach Center, works to help solve problems that arise on organic dairy farms. (David Hansen/University of Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station)
Features from the Farm: Making a difference for organic dairy farms
February 26, 2016 - 5:10pm
February 19, 2016
Business Briefs: February 20, 2016
February 19, 2016 - 4:07pm
February 13, 2016
Dairy operations use a lot of energy to produce milk for consumers. An ongoing research project at the West Central Research and Outreach Center is looking to build a dairy system that generates more energy than it uses. Visit our website,, for a peek inside the renovated WCROC milking parlor. (Brooke Kern/Sun Tribune)play button
Building a green dairy on the prairie
February 13, 2016 - 5:52am
December 7, 2015
Researchers at the West Central Research and Outreach Center have completed their third year of a study looking at best practices for growing day-neutral strawberries. (Brooke Kern/Sun Tribune)play button
WCROC study looks at a new crop in a new time period
December 7, 2015 - 2:30pm
August 18, 2015
Natalie Nyhus of WCCO interviewed Senior Horticulture Scientist Steve Poppe in the Horticulture Display Garden at the University of Minnesota West Central Research and Outreach Center in Morris on Tuesday, Aug. 18. The Horticulture Garden was voted Best in Minnesota by viewers of WCCO News.
Horticulture Display Garden voted best in Minnesota
August 18, 2015 - 3:45pm
July 26, 2015
This sculpture, which resembles a flame, sits just outside the garden pergola in the Meditation Garden.
Features from the Farm: Horticulture happenings
July 26, 2015 - 5:35am
June 20, 2015
Steve Peterson, director of sourcing and sustainability for General Mills, shared information about the company’s efforts to sustainably source 100 percent of their top 10 ingredients by the year 2020 during a keynote address on Wednesday, June 18. (Kim Ukura/Sun Tribune)
General Mills executive: Producing food while preserving planet is the issue of our time
June 20, 2015 - 5:09am
April 27, 2015
The geothermal activity at Yellowstone National Park causes gradients in temperature, pH and toxic chemicals that source from the hot springs and geysers which run into rivers and streams. This sets the stage for extremophilic microorganisms to naturally adapt to survive in these extreme environments. Locating and isolating these microorganisms is called bioprospecting. (Photo: Rob Gardner)
Features from the Farm: Extremophilic microalgae can be used for biofuel production
April 27, 2015 - 11:45am
September 20, 2014
Rob Gardner, the newest scientist at the West Central Research and Outreach Center, is a biochemist who focuses on using microbes to develop renewable, sustainable fuel sources. (Kim Ukura/Sun Tribune)
New WCROC scientist studies microbes for renewable fuels
September 20, 2014 - 5:30am
September 6, 2014
Four families donated money to build four complementary garden spaces in memory of family members. The overall garden is designed to inspire peaceful meditation. If the weather cooperates, the garden could be completed as early as the end of summer 2015. (Kim Ukura/Sun Tribune)
WCROC begins work on new Peace and Meditation garden
September 6, 2014 - 5:38am
May 23, 2014
Features from the Farm
May 23, 2014 - 5:15pm
May 3, 2014
Horticulture Garden plans pollinator habitat
May 3, 2014 - 5:55am
April 26, 2014
Students with the University of Minnesota, Morris partnered with the West Central Research and Outreach Center to build a new habitat for chimney swifts, a native bird that has been displaced since the old elementary school building was torn down last year. (Kim Ukura/Sun Tribune)
Students build a new home for chimney swifts
April 26, 2014 - 5:04am
March 25, 2014
2014 Morris Sun Tribune Farm Progress Issue
March 25, 2014 - 2:28pm