The Western Agricultural Research Center (WARC) is located in the Bitterroot Valley of western Montana.
It is one of seven research centers comprising the Department of Research Centers in the Montana Agricultural
Experiment Station of Montana State University. Each center addresses agricultural needs for its unique area
of the state. Western Montana has a varied agricultural community, with small to mid-sized acreages which are
conventionally and organically farmed.
Research at the Western Agricultural Research Center involves irrigated agriculture and rangeland weeds.
Program areas include Soil Science and Agronomy, and Biological Weed Control. Please see the links at
left to learn more.
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
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.