Urging infrastructure support for ROCs

April 3, 2024
Map depicting 10 ROCs across Minnesota.

CFANS leads 10 unique Research and Outreach Centers (ROCs) in communities throughout Minnesota. These ROCs are an essential element within CFANS to carry out its mission to inspire minds, nourish people, and enhance the natural environment.

The ROC network connects the University to Minnesotans across the state. Diverse ROC outreach programs provide educational opportunities for students, professionals, and the general public. In a typical year, the ten ROCs engage over 30,000 visitors of all ages and interests with topics related to agriculture and natural resources. ROC outreach programs reach all generations of learners, including graduate and undergraduate students, growers and natural resource managers, and K-12 students.

Today, we are advocating for Higher Education Asset Preservation and Replacement (HEAPR) funding of $12.9+ million from the 2024 Minnesota State Legislature for a number of upgrades throughout a number of ROCs and field stations. These upgrades include a variety of HVAC, plumbing, roofing, lighting, septic system, and electrical infrastructure projects — and more — along with safety and ADA improvements.

Learn more about the ROCs, where scientific discoveries are driving a sustainable future!