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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. 

August 12 - 25

Waseca's station, located at the University of Minnesota's Southern Research and Outreach Station, is among a small but growing number of stations in Minnesota that have contributed more than 100 years of data. And the data show Minnesota's climate is changing. "I think the most obvious thing we've seen changing is the 30-year normal,?especially for precipitation," saidJeff Vetsch, who helps oversee the weather station today.
Minnesota Public Radio


While many acknowledge the key role of dearer food in destabilizing regimes, right from the time of the French Revolution in the 18th century to the Arab Spring in 2011, there are only a few studies that have sought to study the links between food prices and social unrest empirically. In a recent research paper, the economist?Marc Bellemare?of the University of Minnesota attempts to fill that gap by establishing a causal link between rising food prices and social unrest.
Live Mint (India)

Now, awash in ethanol and cheap gas, and with a renewable fuel standard requiring 10 percent of gasoline to be made from biofuels, the U.S. fuel industry faces a “blend wall.” ...?Jason Hill, a professor of bioproducts and biosystems engineering at the University of Minnesota?puts it another way: “We only have so many vehicles that can only burn so much ethanol. There’s only so much ethanol we can absorb.”??
US News and World Report

University of Minnesota researchers are attempting to address a widespread decline in bee populations by nourishing urban beehives. The university's Bee Squad manages a dozen rooftop operations across the Twin Cities. The 11-member research unit also teaches bee colony care and advises beekeepers.
Minnesota Public Radio
Crookston Daily Times
Pioneer Press

The impassioned discussion about the amount and size of the glass in the new Minnesota Vikings stadium has already resulted in something positive: Many more people now know that large expanses of glass can be deadly for birds. At least that’s how?Robert Zink,?a University of Minnesota ornithology professor, and Mark Martell, director of bird conservation for Audubon Minnesota, look at it.?
Star Tribune

Entomologist?Jeff Hahn,?with the University of Minnesota Extension, said it’s common to see more dragonflies during this time of year.

The MonDak Gold, a red-skinned potato with a yellow flesh named for the region in which it is being grown, is in its first commercial growing season this year. It is the latest breed of specialty potato to come from University of Minnesota researcher and professor of horticultural scienceChristian Thill,?who died unexpectedly of a heart-related ailment Aug. 7 at age 53.
Star Tribune

Michael Bazakos and?David Mulla,?chief of the University of Minnesota's precision agriculture centre, are jointly researching the use of drones to maximise farm production. Mulla estimates farmers can save $US10 to $US30 an acre (.40 hectares) acre in fertiliser and in related costs by examining the progress of crops while they are still in the ground. (Australia)

A quiet, patient man of subtlety and dry humor,?Harold Pellett?spent 30 years as a professor at the University of Minnesota and a leader in research at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and Horticulture Research Center. He died?July 24?at age 76.
Star Tribune

If corn prices stay in the current range of $3 to $4, most farmers will lose money on this year's crop, University of Minnesota grain marketing specialist Ed Usset said. "I figure it costs the average Minnesota farmer $4.50 to $5 a bushel to produce one bushel of corn," Usset said. "The math is not very pretty on corn. It's going to be a tough year."
Minnesota Public Radio
Crookston Daily Times

A new survey from?Marin Bozic?at the University of Minnesota will help us understand intentions and attitudes of the new Dairy Margin Protection Program (DMPP) being unveiled this fall through the new farm bill.?
Dairy Herd

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