2018 Faculty ROC Tour

The College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences would like to invite faculty and administrators 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. Research and Outreach Centers map

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 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 Details

The trip begins at 7:30 a.m. on July 19 where you will board a comfortable coach bus in front of Coffey Hall on St. Paul campus. The tour will take you to the Southwest Research and Outreach Center (SWROC) Lamberton, MN Minnesota and to the Southern Research and Outreach Center (SROC) in Waseca, MN. Tours of both centers will be part of the trip, as well as industry stops at the Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative, Guardian Energy Ethanol Plant, and the Davis Family Dairies' New Sweden farm. The bus will return to St. Paul campus on Friday, July 20 at 7:30 p.m. 


CFANS is covering the cost faculty who register to attend. This trip includes bus transportation, hotel stay, and meals.


 Priority registration is reserved for CFANS faculty in the current Leads cohort or faculty who are new to their positions in the last 3 years. Priority registration closes on Monday, June 11. 

Registration deadline is Friday, July 2.

Register online for the Faculty ROC Tour, July 19-20, 2018


If you have ROC specific questions, please contact:

If you have any administrative questions, please contact:


Draft Itinerary

July 9, 2018

7:15 a.m.

Check in; load bus

7:30 a.m.

Depart St. Paul campus on a motor coach

9:50 a.m.

Arrive at Sothern MN Beet Sugar Cooperative (SMBSC)

10:00 a.m.


12:00 p.m.

Travel to Southwest Research and Outreach Center

1:00 p.m.

Lunch at SWROC

2:00 p.m.

Tour and conversation at SWROC

4:30 p.m.

Depart for dinner in Mankato

5:30 p.m.

Dinner, Mankato

7:30 p.m.

Depart for hotel

8:00 p.m.

Arrive at Holiday Inn Express, Mankato, MN

July 20, 2018

7:00 a.m.

Continental breakfast at the hotel

8:20 a.m.

Depart for New Sweden Dairy (Dayton Family Dairies)

9:30 a.m.

Tour of New Sweden Dairy 

10:30 a.m.

Depart for Janesville Ethanol Plant

11:30 a.m.

Tour of Guardian Energy in Janesville

1:30 p.m.

Depart for Southern Research and Outreach Center

1:45 p.m.

Lunch, tour, and conversation at SROC

5:30 p.m.

Depart for St. Paul campus

7:30 p.m.

Arrive at St. Paul campus

Research and Outreach Centers