2019 Faculty ROC Tour

The College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences would like to invite faculty and administrators to join Dean Cuomo on a 2-day tour to visit some of the college’s outstate Research and Outreach Centers (ROCs), as well as Minnesota industries in agriculture and natural resources. 

The trip will offer you the opportunity to:

  • Learn more about the work being done at our ROCs and the ROC resources available to faculty researchers.
  • Gain an understanding of agricultural and natural resource industries in Minnesota and the challenges and opportunities associated with these industries.
  • Engage and collaborate with fellow faculty and researchers.

Trip DetailsResearch and Outreach Centers map

The trip begins at 7:30 a.m. on July 18 where you will board a coach bus in front of Coffey Hall on St. Paul campus. The tour will take you to the North Central Research and Outreach Center (NCROC) in Grand Rapids, MN and Cloquet Forestry Center (CFC) in Cloquet, MN. Tours of both centers will be part of the trip, as well as industry stops at the Lavaliers Apple and Small Fruit Farm and at SAPPI's Cloquet Paper Mill. The bus will return to St. Paul campus on Friday, July 19 at 7:30 p.m. 

Travel Accommodations

Ground transportation: Deluxe Coach Bus
      Amenities include:

    • Onboard restrooms
    • 110v outlets 
    • Wireless internet

Lodging: 17 rooms reserved at Timberlake Lodge in Grand Rapids, MN
               10 rooms reserved at Super 8 in Grand Rapids, MN

Room reservation information will be sent to you with the trip confirmation.


This tour is all expenses paid for CFANS faculty including bus transportation, hotel stay, and meals. Faculty outside of CFANS will be asked to pay $300 to cover trip costs. 


Tour is limited to 25 participants. Priority registration is reserved for CFANS faculty and staff who serve the ROCs.  

Final registration closes on June 28, 2019.

Register online for the Faculty ROC Tour, July 18-19, 2019


If you have ROC specific questions, please contact:

  • Vince Fritz  (vafritz@umn.edu or 218-327-4490, ext. 2031)  for information about NCROC
  • Andy David (adavid@umn.edu or 218-327-4490, ext. 2014) for more information about CFC

If you have any administrative or logistical questions, please contact:


Draft Itinerary

July 18, 2019

7:15 a.m.

Check in; load bus 

7:30 a.m.

Depart St. Paul campus on a motor coach

11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Arrive at North Central Research and Outreach Center (NCROC)


Lunch at NCROC

1:00 p.m.


4:00 p.m.

Travel to Lavalier's Berry Patch

4:30 p.m.

Tour Lavalier's 

5:30 p.m.

Travel to Grand Rapids for dinner and lodging

6:00 p.m.

Dinner at Timberlake Lodge

July 19, 2019

7:00 a.m.

Breakfast at Hotel

8:00 a.m.

Depart for Cloquet Forestry Center (CFC)

9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Arrive at CFC

9:30 a.m.

Tour of CFC

12:00 p.m.

Lunch at CFC

1:00 p.m.

Travel to Cloquet Paper Mill

1:30 p.m.

Tour Cloquet Paper Mill

3:30 p.m.

Depart for St. Paul campus

7:30 p.m.

Arrive at St. Paul campus

Faculty Tour 2018 Participants

Faculty Participants on the 2018 tour