Rosemount Research & Outreach Center (RROC) connects agricultural and food production research to growers and producers and provides a window into the University of Minnesota for urban and suburban citizens who depend on agriculture for their daily needs. Research at the center is dedicated to improving the productivity of Minnesota’s agriculture and natural resource industries while enhancing our natural environment and protecting our limited resources.
Our agricultural land and resources are used for research as well as general crop production to support the center’s operations. We currently have 3,500 acres in agricultural production, with over 300 acres utilized for research projects. The center is also home to the Vermillion Highlands, a 2,800-acre wildlife management area managed jointly with the Minnesota DNR.
We are one of 10 unique Research and Outreach Centers throughout Minnesota within the University of Minnesota’s College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS). Our work enhances the quality of agricultural production, human health, renewable energy and the environment, and disseminates the benefits of this research to the public.
The RROC is located about 25 miles southeast of the University’s St. Paul campus. This close proximity to campus provides an easily accessible research site to the college’s faculty, students, and staff.