CFANS and its ROCs

The College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences has 10 Research and Outreach Centers (ROCs) that employ 25 full-time faculty across Minnesota. It is estimated that the University of Minnesota had an $8.6 billion impact on MInnesota's economy in 2011.

ROCsThe ROCs focus on:cows with wind turbine

Animal Science
Invasive Species
Natural Resources
Plant Health
Renewable Energy

Statewide, researchers are exploring how to:

  • Expand and enhance Minnesota's food-growing seasons through the use of new growing techniques and new varieties of cold-hardy plants
  • Provide ecosystem and environmental benefits to soil and water while enhancing crop productivity
  • Prevent the introduction of new non-native species while managing those that are already here
  • Raise livestock animals safely and humanely while maintaining economic viability
  • Breed and grow new disease-resistant, high-yielding varieties of agronomic crops to help ensure a safe and sustainable food supply
  • Preserve Minnesota's lakes, forests and wilderness for the benefit of future generations. 

A Long-Term Agricultural Research Network

Across the ROC system, a unique network of research field sites allows researchers to study the physical, biological, social and economic effects on, and of, agricultural production systems. At the core of the network is a coordinated multidisciplinary approach to research and outreach that strives to develop new agricultural production strategies that are resilient, stable and environmentally responsible. The netwrok is founded on four major principles:

  • The importance of food, fiber, bio-industrial feedstock and health to supporting a growing global population
  • The use of short-, mid- and long-term experiments conducted to address long-term goals
  • Use of a knowledge- and site-based approach to network design
  • Addressing research, engagement and education simultaneously for timely and successful outcome-based results

College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences

The College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences is the University of Minnesota's most visible example of the land-grant mission. The college’s research and outreach missions are supported in part by the Research and Outreach Centers and University of Minnesota Extension.

University of Minnesota

The University of Minnesota is one of the most comprehensive public universities in the United States and ranks among the most prestigious. It is both the state land-grant university, with a strong tradition of education and public service, and the state’s primary research university, with faculty of national and international reputation. The university’s mission, carried out on multiple campuses and throughout the state, is threefold: research and discovery, teaching and learning, and outreach and public service.