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The Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension Center near Lingle was formed in 2002 as the result of combining the Archer Center and Torrington Center. SAREC comprises 1,522 acres of dry land cropland, 349 acres of irrigated cropland, 1,880 acres of rangeland, 19 acres of irrigated organic cropland, 40 acres of dry land organic cropland, a feedlot and a livestock research laboratory. A dormitory for researchers and a wet lab are planned additions. The dry land, irrigated land and livestock systems in one location will allow insights into how best to use resources.
In December 2006, the University of Wyoming officially named the research center The James C. Hageman Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension Center. Mr. Hageman was an alumnus of the University of Wyoming and a longtime state representative of Goshen County. He passed away in August of 2006. Announcing the new name, UW President Tom Buchanan said of Jim, “he was a lifelong rancher, vitally involved in the UW College of Agriculture and the UW School of Environmental and Natural Resources. His voice was prominent in legislation supporting SAREC. Jim was a true friend of UW and he will be missed.
SAREC is home to 14 University of Wyoming faculty and staff. Click here to learn more.
Physical address: 2753 State Highway 157, Lingle, WY 82223
Directions from Cheyenne: North on 1-25 to exit 17; US-85 to Torrington. Turn left (northwest) onto US-26 for 9.7 miles to Lingle. Highway changes to US-85 at curve. Turn left (south) across from Ty's Pit Stop, across the tracks on highway 156. Travel .2 of a mile on highway 156 then turn right (west) on highway 157 for 2 miles. SAREC is second driveway on the left after crossing the North Platte River. There is a large black UW sign on left (south).
Directions from Casper: South on 1-25 to exit 92; left to US-26 east toward Torrington/ Guernsey then on to Lingle. Turn right on to Main Street. Turn right again (south) across from Ty's Pit Stop, cross the tracks on highway 156. Travel .2 of a mile on highway 156 then turn right (west) on highway 157 for 2 miles. SAREC is second driveway on the left after crossing the North Platte River. There is a large black UW sign on left (south).
SAREC will facilitate mission-linked scientific inquiry on agricultural systems that promote sustainable land and resource use.
- Conduct applied and exploratory research on principle components of sustainable agriculture systems and ecosystem management.
- Cultivate scholarship through learning processes that enhance knowledge, skills, and attitudes to make inferences, deductions, and decisions about sustainable agriculture systems.
- Systematically analyze SAREC activities and their impacts to promote synthesis of knowledge.
SAREC will disseminate knowledge developed through discovery to enhance the sustainability of agriculture systems for the future.
- Provide for learning about agriculture stewardship and resource management through experiential programs that link discovery with dissemination.
- Develop a user-friendly, web-based information sharing system for dissemination of research and dialogue. The web-site should include a virtual tour plus scientific and lay publications based on results obtained at SAREC.
SAREC will facilitate dialogue and debate among stakeholders with diverse roles and backgrounds to advance implementation of sustainable agriculture practices.
- Serve as a site where dialog on resource management and techniques for ecologically sound, economically viable, and socially acceptable methods of operating can occur.