About Us

The Southwest Research and Outreach Center (SWROC) 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. 

Located west of Lamberton, we’ve been contributing to southwest Minnesota’s quality of life for over 55 years. Our research and outreach programs enhance agriculture, environmental quality, and rural vitality on both a local and global scale.  

Many of our research programs focus on the yield, profitability, and environmental quality constraints faced by southwest Minnesota crop producers. This localized approach provides insight and practical solutions applicable to the immediate region that also carry implications across the globe. 

We collaborate with researchers throughout the state and nation, agricultural producers of all types and sizes, all ages of students, our local rural community, and the greater public to provide research and educational programming in agronomy, pest management, soil science, high tunnel production, organic production, and farm management, as well as a number of K-12/family educational opportunities.