Our partners

Northwest Research and Outreach Center partners with several University of Minnesota units to conduct research and share expertise with the public. 

College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences

The University of Minnesota’s College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resources Sciences (CFANS) is developing tomorrow’s leaders, creating science-based solutions to global challenges, growing Minnesota’s economy and extending our state’s global impact. NWROC is one of 10 unique Research and Outreach Centers throughout the state led by CFANS.

Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station

Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station (MAES) funds the research of University of Minnesota scientists to improve Minnesota's agricultural and forest products, horticultural crops, human nutrition, family and community life, and environmental quality. It supports both basic and applied research with practical goals for improving the lives of Minnesotans.


University of Minnesota Extension works in rural, suburban, urban and tribal communities and beyond to bring Minnesotans together to build a better future through University science-based knowledge, expertise and training.

University of Minnesota Crookston

In addition to being located on the University of Minnesota Crookston campus, we collaborate with UMN Crookston in several ways. A few of NWROC’s buildings house cows and sheep for UMN Crookston’s Animal Science program, and Youngquist Auditorium is utilized for meetings. NWROC faculty member Ian MacRae teaches a semester of "Introductory and Applied Entomology" course to UMN Crookston students campus each year. NWROC staff members also collaborate with UMN Crookston staff on select committees and to deliver safety programs.