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Connecting North Central Minnesotans to the University of Minnesota
Our annual Visitors Day showcases NCROC research programs, as well as other UMN centers and programs like the Bell Museum, MN Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center, and Extension, with the focus on highlighting the relevance of what we do and the impact it has on everyday life. The public is welcomed to our center to tour our forest with a bog walk, horticulture research, the Bell’s portable planetarium, a corn maze, and several display booths on topics such as honeybees, pollinator crops, and invasive species. We partner with local Master Gardeners who help serve as hosts and tour guides. Over 500 participants from Minnesota, Canada, North and South Dakota, and Wisconsin visit the NCROC for this event each year.
Sharing Research Results With Growers
Our annual Cultivated Wild Rice Field Day and Beef/Crop/Forage Field Day deliver research results to the growers and producers who can utilize them. Every summer, the cultivated wild rice growers attend a field day at our paddy location to learn about the latest in variety development and other agronomic related research projects in the production of cultivated wild rice. Our field day that focuses on the NCROC beef and agronomy programs provides research-based results and best practices to the cow/calf beef and forage producers in northern MN. Growers value these programs as a way to learn about and see new management practices in action while also interacting with researchers and peers.