Below is a compilation of recent news coverage of CFANS faculty and staff. The views expressed in the media-prepared reports do not necessarily reflect the opinions or positions of CFANS or the University of Minnesota.
At this first meeting, the University of Minnesota’s Dr. Charlie Rohwer talks about how the research begun in 2010—growing hops at research stations in Waseca and Rosemount—is progressing. He’s also here to do what he arguably does best, which is to listen.
(An interview with Bruce Potter, integrated pest management specialist at the Southwest Research and Outreach Center) We conduct and provide research-based information. Many companies and groups conduct agricultural research. What makes the research by land grant institutions like the University of Minnesota a bit unique is that we can look at things that are not marketing or product support based. We try to take both a short and long-range view of research. I like to think of it as our applied crop production research makes mistakes on purpose so Minnesota growers don't have to..
There is support for $6 million in bonding dollars to assist the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center at the University of Minnesota.... A $3 million bonding proposal would be matched by $3 million in University dollars for a new lab to study problems related to bees. Our lawmakers need to make sure these projects are not left on the cutting table when the final bonding bill is carved out. They are simply too important to pass over.
But in the first nine months of 2013, only 119,487 acres were sold, according to actual numbers recorded at county courthouses across the state and compiled by University of Minnesota Extension economist Steve Taff. Taff released his latest report, "Minnesota Farm Real Estate Sales: 1990-2013," in March.
Much of the decline in monarch numbers has been blamed on the loss of milkweed, the native plants on which monarch caterpillars feed. Karen Oberhauser, a monarch biologist from the University of Minnesota and co-author of the study, said breeding, migrating and overwintering habitat loss are the main factors affecting monarch populations.
If you’re prone to wanderlust, here are my best discoveries of places outside Wisconsin that are tied to Packers history. ... 5. University of Minnesota North Central Research and Outreach Center (Grand Rapids, Minn.) – From 1951-53, when it was known as the North Central School of Agriculture, the Packers trained here and practiced on a field that was once a cow pasture.
That's a stunning plunge from the $189,679 reported in 2012 and may represent the steepest correction in the system's record books, said Dale Nordquist, Extension economist at the University of Minnesota's Center for Farm Financial Management.
In recent years, there has been increased interest in technologies that automatically monitor cow behavior and physiology. We have been doing research with sensors that record cud chewing time, rumen temperature, and resting time... Marcia Endres is a dairy Extension scientist at the University of Minnesota.
The James Ford Bell Museum of Natural History would move from its old art deco building in Minneapolis to a new home, including a planetarium, on the U's St. Paul campus under the bill. .. The U also would receive $12 million for research laboratory improvements, including replacing its world-renowned bee lab that's housed in a small shed on the St. Paul campus and modernizing the Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center located nearby in a century-old tractor garage.
Minnesota Public Radio
You may think bugs are invading your house every spring, but think again. You've actually been living with them all winter. "They're already in our home, the ones you're seeing today are the ones that came into your house last October and November. But they've been inactive because of the cold weather," said Jeff Hahn, University of Minnesota Extension Entomologist.
Researchers worldwide are working to identify genes capable of resisting Ug99 for eventual use in wheat and barley. As part of that effort, Agricultural Research Service scientists Matt Rouse and Yue Jin are searching for resistance genes among some of wheat's lesser-known relatives. Both scientists are at the ARS Cereal Disease Research Laboratory in St. Paul, Minnesota.
“If you can tell your story with a graph or picture, do so,” says Marc Bellemare, my first guest in this episode... Bellemare’s paper is a global investigation that doesn’t even attempt to ask whether the relationship between food prices and social unrest holds for countries or smaller areas.
Congregants have traded in traditional palms for "Eco-Palms," fanlike gatherings of fresh green leaves attached to a central stem and imported from Guatemala and Mexico. Eco-Palms are harvested and marketed in sustainable ways that help preserve the rain forest and provide an economic boost to palm workers and their communities, said program founder Dean Current, director of the Center for Integrated Natural Resource and Agricultural Management at the University of Minnesota.
Karen Oberhauser, a conservation biologist from the University of Minnesota who has been studying Monarch migration for 30 years, says this is primarily because of the explosion in the use of herbicide-resistant genetically modified corn and soybean. The consequent rise in the use of herbicides is killing other plants present in the fields, such as milkweed.
Meanwhile, as the spring thaws promise an even thicker ring of cattails in the coming weeks ... Lee Frelich, director of the University of Minnesota Center for Forest Ecology and board member of Friends of Loring Park, has been on the issue for years. He said if the bill passes, it will force the DNR to direct the Minneapolis Park Board to eliminate the plant. He said they would likely do so with machinery and herbicide.
The Composite Dairy Cattle Registry has made numerous strides since July 2013, offering registration opportunities to the Fleckvieh, Montbeliarde, Norwegian Red, Red Dane, Swedish Red and White, and any other dairy cross that breeders and producers wish to register to preserve and document the ancestry of their animals. Dr. Les Hansen, dairy geneticist at the University of Minnesota, applauds and supports our efforts.
Assuming clear skies, the easiest viewing starts just before 1 a.m. Tuesday with the start of the total eclipse about an hour later, said Sally Brummel, planetarium education and outreach coordinator at the University of Minnesota's Bell Museum.
This past week when I attended a talk by Dr. Marla Spivak, entomologist and bee guru at the University of Minnesota she mentioned the many ways everyday folks like us can help turn around things for the bees. But I loved her first piece of advice. She told everyone to take a chair out to the garden and watch the bees I can only second her suggestion.
In recent years, there has been increased interest in technologies that automatically monitor cow behavior and physiology ... from an animal welfare and health perspective, and considering that cows today are more commonly housed in groups instead of individually, Dr. Marcia Endres explained that the use of sensors during the transition period can be a valuable tool to predict cows at risk for transition health disorders.