North Central Research and Outreach Center

North Central Research and Outreach Center
1861 Highway 169 East
Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Phone: 218-327-4490
Fax: 218-327-4126

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College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences

Welcome to the North Central Research and Outreach Center!

The North Central Research and Outreach Center (NCROC) is the second oldest of the research and outreach centers in the state, opening its doors in 1896. We are located on the western edge of the state’s historical iron mining region in Northeast Minnesota in the City of Grand Rapids. Our region represents the classic “woods and water” landscape that has been bringing uncountable numbers of people to the great North Woods to live and carve out a living for hundreds of years.

For the past 115 years, NCROC has been the most diverse of what were once called “experiment stations,” critically important research facilities of the state’s flagship research institution – the University of Minnesota. Today, co-located with a University of Minnesota Extension regional office, our talented collection of research faculty, educators, technicians and other support staff move us forward in attending to the research and education issues of today and the future.

As part of the University’s College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, we strive to insure a sustainable way of life for those who depend on our work and believe in the land-grant mission signed into law in 1862 by President Abraham Lincoln.

We welcome you to stop by and visit NCROC if you are in town! If you can’t, please browse around our web site for more information. We have a wonderful story to tell about the impacts of our research that touch everyone in the state and beyond. It is a story that continues to be written even today!

NCROC Meeting Reservation Form

Please e-mail: to request a reservation form.  


2015 Minnesota Statewide
High Tunnel Conference
February 17-18
Arrowhead Lodge, Brainerd

For more info contact

Uof M Regional Extension Office

218-327-5958, ext 3001