The North Central Research and Outreach Center (NCROC), established in 1896, is one of 10 research and outreach centers in the University of Minnesota's College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences.  Scientists at this center collaborate on a wide range of research topics with colleagues from the U's St. Paul campus as well as from other centers and universities, public and private agencies and individuals, industry and commodity groups. University of Minnesota Extension's regional center is also located here.

The center's unique soil, climate, social and economic environment in North Central Minnesota all provide opportunities to conduct research that contributes to sustainable economic systems and improved quality of life for Minnesotans.

As we prepare for the future, we are committed to continuing to strengthen our collaborative relationships and to build strong, cooperative partnerships with appropriate departments and other units of the University. We look forward to discovering new opportunities to serve the people of our state and region.


Our mission is in the discovery and sharing of knowledge to improve the quality of life of the people of Minnesota.


NCROC will serve as a regional center for excellence in research and education programs in agriculture, forestry, environment and rural economic development. The center will conduct broad-based, collaborative research and educational programs using the diverse cultural and environmental resources of North Central and Northeast Minnesota. We will discover and disseminate knowledge, which contributes to sustainable and wise use of resources; promotes economic opportunity; supports improved policy making and increases public understanding of the mission of the University of Minnesota.