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SROC set to celebrate 100th birthday

By from Southern Research and Outreach Center

Date Modified: 09/25/2013 11:10 AM

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The University of Minnesota Southern Research and Outreach Center is celebrating its 100th birthday this year.

Its history, accomplishments and vision will be shared during a celebration Sept. 19 in Waseca.

A century ago, legislative appropriations allowed for the purchase of 246 acres near Waseca for the establishment of the Southeast Demonstration Farm and Experiment Station.

The new facility's goal was to demonstrate the value of good management. It also was to serve as a center for dissemination of knowledge.

Development of new technologies and innovative production practices have affected food production systems, human health, renewable energy and the environment.

There are seven academic research programs at the SROC with supported outreach components that integrate all aspects of agriculture. Although significant changes have occurred over the past century, its goal continues to be focused on serving southern Minnesota through world-class research and outreach programs.

The Centennial Celebration is Sept. 19 from 3 to 8 p.m. at the SROC.

Informative displays, door prizes, games and fun events are planned along with a free picnic supper meal from 4:30 to 7 p.m.

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