CFANS Alumni & Friends eNews - April 2016

"It's hard to beat the opportunities that come from being a U of M student and graduate." Lauren Servick ('15), who is currently working as a Marketing Communications and Education Programs specialist for Minnesota Soybean, credits the university for helping her form relationships with professionals and gain valuable experience to prepare her for her career. Check out this article to learn more about her story. More...


Join the CFANS community on April 20 for a special event co-hosted by the CFANS Alumni Society and CFANS Student Board. The evening will honor the graduating senior class, Alumni Society scholarship recipients, Mentor Program honorees, and the recipients of the Student Board Awards and Alumni Society Awards. More..

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Over the past 100 years, Minnesota Royal has had some pretty unique events, including: archery contests, canoe races, "animal calling contests" and more! A unique event that will be held for the 100th celebration is the opportunity for alumni to compete in a showmanship contest on April 16th! More...

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Congratulations to this year's Siehl Prize laureates! Each year, recipients of this prestigious award are chosen in three categories: knowledge (teaching, research and outreach); agribusiness; and production agriculture. Learn about each of the recipients. More...


The 15th annual Classes Without Quizzes program was held Saturday, April 2. Jay Bell, a professor in the Department of Soil, Water and Climate, spoke on the topic of "The 3 Ms of Soils: Minnesota, the Moon and Mars". Participants attended classes with topics including midwestern hops, cows and technology, recreation in Minnesota's North Shore, and so much more! K-6 participants had the opportunity to learn about bees, worms, and raptors. More....


The 120th Annual Meeting of the Minnesota Livestock Breeders’ Association was held March 17, 2016 in the North Star Ballroom at the University of Minnesota.  As part of the Annual Meeting, the Livestock Breeders inducted four individuals into the Minnesota Livestock Hall of Fame. The list of inductees includes Dave Sprengeler of Plato, MN, Vincent and Christine Maefsky of Scandia, MN, R. James Ertl of Rosemount, MN, and W.J. Kortesmaki ('30).  More...


As a family owned company, Adam’s Pest Control has a strong commitment to provide quality service to its customers. Todd Leyse and Andrea Leyse Guy, Adam’s owners, stay informed of the latest best practices to protect the health, food, and environment of those they serve as it relates to pest management. Todd and Andrea found a way to support the research and study of pest management while also honoring the memory of their sister, Sara, by creating the Sara R. Leyse and Adam’s Pest Control Memorial Fellowship. More...

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Read the latest about events, lectures and seminars happening on campus and in partnering departments as well as student and faculty news. Features this month:

-Soils Judging Team headed to Kansas
Pfarr named All American Wrestler
-Plant Pathology launches Living Legacy Project
-New Norman Borlaug Website is now live
-Harnessing Plant Defensins to combat Alfalfa Crown Rot
-Former CFANS Dean Allen Levine named American Society for Nutrition Fellow
-CFANS Students Compete in the Agtastic Idea Challenge



-Eric Sannerud (B.S. Sustainable Agriculture/Local Foods '13) named a 40 Under 40 winner in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal

-Justin Stanton (B.S. Applied Plant Sciences '13) completed a 10 week study in Uruguay

-Jonathan Slaght (M.S. Conservation Biology '05, Ph. D. Wildlife Conservation '11) featured in The Guardian for his conservation efforts of Blakiston's fish owl



Lucas (B.S. AnSci '09, M.S. AnSci '16) and Alise Sjostrom (B.S. Agricultural Industries and Marketing '09) are proud to welcome Henry Lucas Sjostrom into the Gopher family. More...


This month we remember the lives and accomplishments a member of the  CFANS community who will be missed by many:

-Dr. William F. 'Bill' Hueg, Jr., University of Minnesota Extension Agronomist  More...

The monthly alumni trivia question gives alumni and friends an opportunity to test their U of M knowledge. Are you up for the challenge?

April trivia question: 
The University of Minnesota is in the works on building their new Bee and Pollinator research Lab that will be located on St. Paul campus. What percent of human food crops are pollinated by bees? More...


St Paul campus is now home to the newly renovated Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center (MAISRC). The university unveiled the new lab and holding facility with a ceremonious 'fish dumping' on March 2. More...