About Us

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 had a research presence southwest Minnesota for over 60 years. The goal of our research and outreach programs is to enhance agriculture and environmental quality both locally and globally.  

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, 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.