Western Agricultural Research Center
The Western Agricultural Research Center has 29 acres of irrigated land and is in the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 5. The research center is located in Corvallis, MT in the Bitterroot Valley, one of the most beautiful locations in Montana. There is a historical orchard (106 years old) on-site, along with newer plantings of Cortland and Honey Crisp apples on dwarfing roots stocks. Greenhouse and high tunnel facilities are present at WARC, as well as an office and modern laboratory facilities. A local advisory board made up of area producers, MSU Extension agents and industry representatives provides guidance on establishing WARC research priorities. Area recreation activities include golf, swimming, fishing, hiking, kayaking, hunting and mountain climbing.
The mission of the Western Agricultural Research Center is to serve the specific needs of the clientele in our production area and the broader needs of Montana agriculture in general. This is accomplished through applied research directed to the problems and impacts of agricultural production. The Montana State University Agricultural Experiment Station's mission as established in 1893 by the state statute is "to conduct and promote studies, scientific investigations and experiments relating to agriculture, natural resources and rural life, and to diffuse information thereby acquired among the people of Montana." Thus, the research centers fulfill the agricultural research component of Montana State University's federal Land Grant University mission of teaching, research and extension.