Upcoming Events

Pollinator Camp for Kids at the Arboretum

Arboretum Eco-Adventures Day Camp: Pollinator Super Power! (ages 7-12)
Monday - Friday, August 1 - 5, 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (999-08-1-16)

Special Guest: Pollinate Minnesota, providing professional, safe, experiential education with real honeybees

Examine the huge superpowers of earth's tiny pollinators, and explore their vital influences on biodiversity and the food web. In this amazing five-day adventure, campers will explore the Arboretum's brand new Pollinator Center, build a pollinator house to take home, wear a beekeeping suit, observe bee behavior, and learn about the variety of products that come from bees. Make seed bombs to help with the creation of pollinator pathways and honey balm to celebrate the health benefits of of honey! Learn about pollinator habitats, which local plants are best for pollinators, and how to make a difference for Minnesota pollinators. All Eco-Adventure camps divide into groups with age-specific activities that include experiments, scavenger hunts, art, games, cooking, building, planting, and time to get your hands in the dirt!

$255 members/$280 non-members, includes Arboretum admission, snacks and any project supplies. More information and registration can be found here. 

IDEAg Minnesota Farmfest

Tuesday, August 2-Thursday, August 4
Gilfillan Estate, Morgan, MN

IDEAg Minnesota Farmfest, taking place August 2-4, continues to be the essential farm show in the heart of the best agricultural land in America. Farmfest connects 35,000+ attendees with close to 600 local and leading companies for three days of education and political forums, field demonstrations featuring the latest technological advances in the farming industry, and networking. Join us at the University of Minnesota booth to learn about CFANS programs, 4-H and Extension, and a variety of relevant research topics. Learn more.

HMR Pollinator Tea Garden Volunteer Event

Friday, August 5, 4pm-7pm
Gilfillan Estate, Morgan, MN

Support the UMN Bee and Plant Squads by helping out with garden maintenance at the Horst M. Rechelbacher Organic Farm in Osceola, WI! Seeking volunteers to assist with weeding and mulching plants in our Pollinator Tea Garden. Your support is greatly appreciated. the Bee Squad will provide a short tour of their pollinator projects after the work is done! Please bring a water bottle, gardening gloves and protection from the sun. Water refills will be available. More info on the FB event page. Watch this great video to learn more!

Please email beesquad@umn.edu with any questions.

Organic Dairy Day at West Central Research and Outreach Center

Tuesday, August 9, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
West Central Research and Outreach Center (WCROC) - Morris, MN

2016 Organic Dairy Day includes:

Pre-register by contacting Brad Heins, West Central Research and Outreach Center at 320-589-1711 ext. 2118 or hein0106@umn.edu. Learn more.

CFANS at the Minnesota State Fair

Thursday, August 25-Monday, September 5
Minnesota State Fairgrounds

Stop by the Agriculture/Horticulture building to visit the CFANS booth and connect with your department throughout the Minnesota State Fair. You can also volunteer at the exhibit! Learn more about these fun activities here.  

Grass Identification & Ecology 2-Day Professional Level Workshop at the Arboretum

Thursday, August 25, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. AND Friday, August 26, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

This NEW Class at the Arboretum is designed for Advanced students, professionals, and Master Gardeners/Master Naturalists. Instructor: Mary Meyer, University of Minnesota Professor, Extension Horticulturist, former Interim Director of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and past President of the American Society of Horticultural Science

A crucial component of our planet's biodiversity, grasses make up the fourth largest plant family on earth, with nearly 11,000 different species. Gain professional-level knowledge in this 2-day intensive workshop that will focus on teaching students to identify a multitude of grasses that add beauty and interest to the summer and fall landscape. Being able to identify grasses will enable participants to read the landscape and landscape conditions, including soils, habitat, disturbance and past land uses. This workshop will provide an intensive, hands-on approach incorporating both classroom work and field study, utilizing the 1,200 acres of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum as a living laboratory and classroom. Identify warm season grasses in the field and lab, learn specialized terminology and distinguishing features, discuss the ecology of grasses, and practice identifying species from keys. $169 members/$193 non-members, includes Arboretum admission both days. To learn more, follow the link!

Annual Visitors Day at the North Central Research and Outreach Center

Thursday, August 25, 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
North Central Research and Outreach Center (WCROC) - Grand Rapids

The 2016 NCROC Visitors Day will include all research departments at NCROC, including Agronomy, Animal Science, Entomology, Forest Genetics, Forestry, Horticulture, Tourism and Wild Rice. Also included will be the Itasca County Master Gardeners, Community Garden and U of M Extension. Visitors will have the opportunity to take bus and wagon tours to outdoor research areas – forest plantation, organic garden, hops, flower and vegetable gardens, and cattle pasture; visit a bug zoo, honey bee demonstration and the Agriculture School/Research Center history area. Informational booths will include plant diagnostics, Ask a Master Gardener, agronomy and more. There will be activities for children and food available to purchase. This family-fun event is open to the public and admission is free. NCROC is located at 1861 E US Hwy 169 in Grand Rapids.
For more information contact Leanne at 218-327-4490, ext. 2001 or lstanley@umn.edu. Learn more.

Save the Date: Celebrate Ag and Food Day 2016

Saturday, September 10, 11am
TCF Bank Stadium

Be part of Celebrate Ag & Food Day on Saturday, September 10, as Gopher Football hosts Indiana State. Attend the game and show your support for Minnesota agricultural and food industries! Keep an eye on this page and the Celebrate Ag & Food Day Facebook page for more updates, including opportunities to win tickets, purchase discounted tickets, and be a part of fun activities before the game begins.

CFANS College to Career Seminar

Tuesday, September 20, 8:30am-1pm
St. Paul RiverCentre

High school students are invited for a day of discovery with the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences!  High school students of all ages will have the chance to explore careers related to food, veterinary science, and business. Students will also learn how they can pursue these careers with a college degree from the University of Minnesota. Teachers are invited to bring their classes, and parents are invited to join their students during this event. It is completely free, and transportation funding is available for schools sending classes to this event.  Learn more and register here

CFANS at Gopher Homecoming

October 21-27, 2016
Activities on-campus and online

Celebrate Gopher Homecoming with CFANS!

  • Join fellow alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends at for Beer & Brats at the Bell Museum, our 5th annual Parade Party.
  • Walk in the Homecoming Parade and show your college spirit.
  • Send a Gopher Gram to a beloved faculty or staff member!
  • Attend Ski-U-Mania before the football game against Rutgers.

Learn more about CFANS Homecoming activities here.

9 Billion And Counting: Extending the Vision of Norman Borlaug

Monday, October 17, 2016, 9am-3:30pm
St. Paul Campus

The clock is ticking on global food security. A changing global climate, shifting crop production patterns, diminishing natural resources, and a growing world population that’s projected to reach 9 billion by 2050 all point toward a world without enough food. Production challenges, nutritional issues, food safety and logistics further complicate the picture.

“9 Billion and Counting,” hosted by the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, will include discussions with global food experts including a keynote address by 2016 World Food Prize Laureate Jan Low from the International Potato Center. The symposium is named in honor of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Norman Borlaug, the U of M alumnus who led the “Green Revolution” that saved millions of people from starvation in the 1960s and ‘70s.

Additional presenters will include food industry leaders and University of Minnesota food and agricultural scientists. Following the symposium will be the unveiling of the new campus Eldon Siehl Garden and Plaza, which honors winners of the Siehl Prize for Excellence in Agriculture and features a bronze statue of Borlaug.

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