Alumni & friends news

Dale Miller ('72) awarded 2015 John B. Swisher Leadership Award

Dale Miller

Dale Miller, B.S. Animal Science '72, earned the 2015 John B. Swisher Leadership Award "presented annually to an individual who exemplifies extraordinary leadership qualities and who has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of the swine industry." This award was presented at the World Pork Expo. Included in the award, JBS United presents a gift of $5,000 to the animal science department at the university of the recipient's choice. Miller has directed this gift to to Lee Johnston at the West Central Research and Outreach Center (WCROC), Morris.

Plant Pathology alumnus Robert Noyd ('55) publishes mycology guide

Robert Noyd, a 1995 PhD graduate from the Department of Plant Pathology recently co-authored "Mycology Guide: Key Terms and Concepts." This book serves as a tool to facilitate learning for all of those who wish to learn more about mycology and fungi. Noyd currently is a professor of biology at The United States Air Force Academy.

Robert Johansson ('97, '00) named U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Chief Economist

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the selection of Robert Johansson (M.S. & Ph.D. Agricultural & Applied Economics, '97 & '00)as U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Chief Economist, effective July 12. Dr. Johansson has served as USDA's acting chief economist since Jan. 3, 2014, and as Deputy Chief Economist since 2012. He joined USDA in 2001. Read more.

Tracy Lundberg ('00) and husband Brock Lundberg combine innovative business ventures 

Tracy Lundberg's (B.S. Agricultural & Food Business Management, '00) company, Sconnie Foods, produces a squeezable sauerkraut product whose popularity is taking off. Lundberg got the idea for her product after watching her daughter scoop sauerkraut from an open container at a baseball game. Seeing the squeezable ketchup and mustard bottles sitting nearby, Lundberg wondered, “Why isn’t sauerkraut available this way?” Determined to solve the problem for her daughter and sauerkraut lovers everywhere, Lundberg experimented with different formulations and packaging types. Along the way, she realized that one reason sauerkraut isn’t generally bottled like ketchup and mustard is the tendency of the liquid to separate from the cabbage solids. It just so happened that her husband, Brock Lundberg (B.S. & M.S. Biosystems & Agricultural Engineering, '98 & '00), also an entrepreneur, had invented a product that could solve the problem. Read more here.

Derek Mulhern ('12) named Director of Membership for Organic Trade Association

Derek Mulhern (B.S. Agricultural Education, '08) was recently named the Director of Membership for the Organic Trade Association. As Director of Membership, Mulhern will be responsible for overall membership growth strategy including outreach planning and implementation, will generate and manage member acquisition campaigns, and manage all recruitment efforts with volunteers. He will also manage all membership products and services, develop new programs to benefit OTA members, and will help represent OTA to members and prospective members at trade shows, conferences and other events.

Marissa Scherven ('15) shares her story in The Path to Plant Pathology

Watch the Department of Plant Pathology's video on how former Horticultural Science Undergrad Marissa Scherven ('15) "fell in love" with Plant Pathology:The Path to Plant Pathology