Timeline of Events in SROC History

1911

Minnesota Legislature appropriated funds to establish two demonstration farms where local problems could be explored by Department of Agriculture personnel.

SROC homestead

1912

A committee representing the state, the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota and the Department of Agriculture selected and purchased 246 acres just west and south of Waseca naming it the Southeast Demonstration Farm and Experiment Station of the University of Minnesota. The land was purchased from R. P. and D. Ward at $125/acre.

Albert Hoversten1913

First year of operations at the Southeast Demonstration Farm and Experiment Station. Albert Hoversten employed as "Farm Manager" and served as first Superintendent of Station, 1913-1918.

1919

R.E. Hodgson

R.E. Hodgson appointed Superintendent. Served 1919-1960.

1925

Name changed from "Southeast Demonstration Farm and Experiment Station" to "Southeast Experiment Station".

southeast experiment station truck1940

Station size increased by purchase of 351 acres of land purchased from D., E., & V. Ward for $40,000.

1950-1971

SROC land acres

Purchased additional 20.75 acres of miscellaneous land from E. & V. Ward and W. & R. Papke and E. F. and Ethel Johnson.

1953

Southern School of Agriculture enrolled first class in January 1953.

1960

UM-Waseca campus

Dr. Deane A. Turner appointed Superintendent of the Southern School and Experiment Station. Served 1960 through 1963.

1964

Dr. Edward C. Frederick appointed Superintendent of the Southern School and Experiment Station. Served 1964-70.

1969Deane A. Turner, station head, 1960-1963

Legislative action called for phase-out of the Southern School of Agriculture and for creation of a technical college. The new college and the Southern Experiment Station were established as separate administrative units.

1970

Richard H. Anderson appointed Superintendent of the Southern Experiment Station. Served 1970-90.

Dr. Edward C. Frederick1972

Purchase of 232 acres of land from K. & J. Priebe, at a cost of $145,000, brought the total University land holdings at Waseca to approximately 850 acres.

1982

An Advisory Committee was commissioned with 15 charter members to "advise the SES on research and related agricultural or other needs".

Richard Anderson1990

Dr. David D. Walgenbach appointed Superintendent of the Southern Experiment Station. Served 1990-2000.

1994

Dr. David D. WalgenbachPurchased 120 acres of land from K. & J. Stendel, at a cost of $162,000 and an additional 80 acres from K. & M. Krassin, at a cost of $108,000. Property named the Agricultural Ecology Research Farm (AERF).

1994-1995

Relinquished 95 acres of University land to Federal Correctional Institution, reducing land holdings to approximately 955 acres.

Agricultural Ecology Research Farm

1999

Name of Southern Experiment Station changed to Southern Research and Outreach Center.

2001Dr. Forrest Izuno

Dr. Forrest T. Izuno appointed Head of the Southern Research and Outreach Center

2008

Roughly 29 acres sold to Minnesota Department of Transportation as right-of-way for Highway 14 bypass, reducing total land holdings to approximately 926 acres.main entrance