We are pleased to announce that Connie Hempstead has been named Strategic Events Lead for CFANS and that Dylan VanBoxtel will join CFANS and the Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station (MAES) as Digital Content Lead, focusing on visual content development, videography and photography, and social media.

This summer, we would like to introduce three new staff members who joined the CFANS family: Kathy Krum, Tim Loesch, and Barb Thees.

In May, Angie Nalezny joined CFANS as the new human resources director and already is addressing faculty and staff needs through effective policy, analytics, compliance, and legal frameworks.

Angela Nalezny

On April 23 at the 89th Minnesota State FFA Convention, the Minnesota FFA Alumni Association announced the FFA Hall of Fame Class of 2018. Among the eight inductees selected is Brian Buhr, dean of the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, and Ben Broberg (B.S. '50, Agricultural Education).

Brian Buhr holding his FFA plaque

Senior Development Officer Michael McCue grew up on a small farm near Belle Plaine. Through his grandfather, father, and brother, he's gained perspective on how dramatically and quickly the farming industry is evolving. It inspired him to join CFANS. He is looking forward to working with CFANS faculty, alumni, and constituents and engaging in just those rich, rewarding interactions.

Michael McCue

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced on February 9 that the University of Minnesota would continue to serve as a host institution for the North Central Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (NCR-SARE) program, directed by Beth Nelson. NIFA’s SARE program supports farmer-focused solutions that boost production, increase profitability, promote environmental stewardship, and enhance quality of life in rural communities.

A new research study led by CFANS professor Paul Glewwe seeks to understand how Vietnam "got it right" in creating an education system that has led its students to achieve learning levels exceeding those of their peers in far wealthier nations.

Six Minnesota high school students have been selected to participate in the Global Youth Institute, part of the annual World Food Prize International Symposium from Oct. 13-15 in Des Moines, Iowa. They earned the honor by participating in the Minnesota Youth Insitute sponsored by CFANS.

Greg Cuomo has been named associate dean for research and graduate programs in CFANS, effective Dec. 15, 2014. He'll oversee the college's research portfolio and will be deputy director of the Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station.