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 7:45 a.m. where you will board a comfortable coach bus in front of Coffey Hall on St. Paul campus. The tour will take you to the Cloquet Forestry Center in northeastern Minnesota and to the Northwest Research and Outreach Center in Crookston, MN. Tours of both centers will be part of the trip, as well as industry stops at the Crystal Sugar factory and the Potlatch Lumber Mill. Lunch and conversation on-site with a local farmer is also part of the experience. The bus will return to St. Paul campus on Friday, July 21 at 8:00 p.m. 


CFANS is covering the cost for CFANS faculty and administrators who register to attend. Faculty from CVM and CBS are welcome to register as well; the cost is $300/person and includes all travel expenses including bus transportation, hotel stay and meals.


The tour is open to all faculty and administrators in CFANS, CVM and CBS. Priority registration is reserved for CFANS faculty new to their positions in the last 3 years. 

Registration deadline is Friday, July 7.

Register online for the Faculty ROC Tour, July 20-21, 2017


If you have any questions about the tour, please contact the tour organizers:

Draft Itinerary

July 20, 2017

7:30 a.m.

Check in; load bus

8:00 a.m.

Depart St. Paul campus on motor coach

10:15 a.m.

Arrive at Cloquet Forestry Center (CFC)

10:30 a.m.

Tour CFC grounds

11:30 a.m.

Lunch at CFC

12:30 - 2:00 p.m.

Forest Management tour, CFC

2:00 p.m.

Depart for Potlatch Lumber Mill, Bemidji

4:30 p.m.

Potlatch Lumber Mill tour

6:30 p.m.

Dinner at Tuto Bene, Bemidji

8:30 p.m.

Depart for Crookston

10:00 p.m.

Arrive in Crookston
Lodging at Cobblestone Inn, Crookston

July 21, 2017

7:30 a.m.

Continental breakfast at hotel

8:00 a.m.

Tour NWROC programs and facilities

10:30 a.m.

Depart for Crystal Sugar

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

Crystal Sugar Company factory tour

12:30 p.m.

Lunch at Eric Erdman Farm, Crookston
Local producer perspectives

2:30 p.m.

Depart for St. Paul campus

6:00 p.m.

Stop for dinner to go

8:30 p.m.

Arrive at St. Paul campus

Faculty ROC Tour

Research and Outreach Centers