Western Center for Integrated Resource ManagementWestern Center for Integrated Resource Management

An interdisciplinary center, hosting both in-person and online masters programs, fostering research, and coordinating outreach.


  • Amanda Walnes heards a few cows as a part of her Western Center for Integrate Resource Management InternshipAmanda Walnes rounds up a few cows as a part of her WCIRM internship.
  • WCIRM Professor Jay Parsons lectures at the Niman Ranch Sustainable Agriculture seminar host by the WCIRM program.WCIRM Professor Jay Parsons lectures at the Niman Ranch Sustainable Agriculture seminar host by the WCIRM program. (Left) Two attendees collaborate on event activities. (right)
  • WCIRM Class of 2012-13 on a field trip for AGRI 632 at the Blue Valley Ranch. Photo taken by IRM Graduate, John Kossler.WCIRM Class of 2012-13 on a field trip for AGRI 632 at the Blue Valley Ranch. Photo taken by IRM Graduate, John Kossler.
  • John Church, retired Army Chief Warrant Officer, oversears veteran, and IRM Online Student, presents this distictive flag to Dr. Peel and the IRM Program in thanks for the time and dedication he had been shown during his Master's programJohn Church, retired Army Chief Warrant Officer, overseas veteran, and IRM Online Student, presents this distinctive flag to Dr. Peel and the IRM Program in thanks for the time and dedication he had been shown during his Master's program
  • Joe Brummer works with student on a class field trip Dr. Joe Brummer works with a student in the field on one of the WCIRM Class field trips
  • Nick Petry Workshop 2011 Attendees of the 2011 Nick Petry Workshop participate in a ranching decision simulation. More on the 2011 Nick Petry Workshop
  • wcirm field trip 2010IRM class Fall 2012
  • Alumni ProfilesClick here to see alumni profiles
  • South Africa ElephantClick here to read about the IRM student who spent three weeks in South Africa.
  • WCIRM Promo videoClick here to watch a short video about the IRM master's degree program
  • Niel SandersClick here to read about the first graduate for IRM's online program.
  • Nick Petry AudioClick here to listen to audio from a radio news segment on the 2010 Nick Petry Workshop

Integrated Resource Management (IRM) is the concept within agricultural production that addresses economic and environmental variables that are oriented toward a more sustainable production. Changes in rural America require agricultural managers to manage land, animal, human, and natural resources, ensuring both long term profitability and sustainability of farms, ranches, and rural communities.

At the same time, society demands preservation of open space and outdoor recreation as a requirement in both urban and rural areas. Preservation and sustainability of agricultural land is vital for food security, wildlife habitat, outdoor recreation, and continuing the rural heritage of families and communities. The Master of Agriculture degree gives students the knowledge and skills necessary to operate an agricultural business efficiently and sustainability while making a profit.

All courses combine rigorous training with directed hands-on, problem-solving experiences. Our programs stress interaction between faculty and students and assure that the content studied applies to real-life land management scenarios. In addition to formal course work, students are expected to participate in a minimum of one, preferably two, internships as well as complete a professional paper.

Our interdisciplinary research programs address specific problems facing Colorado range livestock producers.  Past and current projects target nutrition, reproductive management, quality assurance, land resource management, economic efficiency, intensive sheep management and intergenerational estate transfer.

WCIRM's outreach programs stretch from high schools to the seasoned rancher. Students and faculty tackle questions such as how mandatory country of origin labels affect independent producers, how to choose a farrier, and what landowners need to know about wind energy lease agreements. Short, descriptive pamphlets that result from our outreach efforts are available on our Links page.

The Western Center for Integrated Resource Management provides a vital service to Colorado's ranching community while training graduate students to handle practical, tough current issues.