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Pfamily Matters: The Pfarr Brothers

Brett PfarrThroughout the history of Golden Gopher wrestling there have been many pairs of dominant brothers who wore the maroon and gold: Gordy and Marty Morgan, C.P. and Dustin Schlatter, Dan and Larry Zilverberg, Jayson and Dylan Ness. The list goes on and on. This year Gophers feature a new pair of brothers who hope to fit that same mold: junior Brett Pfarr and sophomore Chris Pfarr, both studying Agricultural and Food Business Management at CFANS. The Pfarr brothers grew up on the family farm – 1,000 acres of soybean and corn, with some pigs and cattle sprinkled in – about an hour southwest of the Twin Cities in Le Sueur, Minn. They grew up in the same house their mother had, with their father’s childhood home just five miles down the road. That connection to family born on the farm permeates every aspect of the Pfarrs' lives. Read more from Gopher Athletics...

Minnesota Students Win 2016 Collegiate Beef Quiz Bowl


(From left) CFANS students Troy King and Rebecca Church, Linda Davis, National Cattlemen’s Foundation,  Sarah Cortese, Director of Communications at Farm Credit and CFANS students Sarah Marketon  and Trevor Otte.

A team of students from the University of Minnesota took top honors in the 2016 National Collegiate Beef Quiz Bowl, held in conjunction with the 2016 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show in San Diego, California on January 27. The competition was sponsored by Farm Credit Services, and was presented by the American Society of Animal Science and the National Cattlemen’s Foundation. The annual beef quiz bowl is designed to help develop future leaders through industry-oriented education and competition while also offering students the opportunity to be part of the annual cattle convention. Participating teams earn the right to compete in the national competition by winning their ASAS section’s competition of the Academic Quadrathlon.

Students on the winning team at Minnesota were Rebecca Church, Sarah Marketon, Troy King and Trevor Otte. The second highest-scoring team was Penn State University, with members Amber Gabel, Michelle Hartzell, Jaylene Lesher and Elizabeth Palmer. The other team in the competition was Oregon State University. Its members were Matt Cugley, Ryan Viera, Molly Coelho and Max Schmidt. Moderator for the San Diego competition was Jason Ahola of Colorado State University.

National FFA VisitNational FFA Officer Visit

The 2016 National FFA Officers visited campus on January 12  to meet with university faculty and students. Dean Brian Buhr presented each of the six officers with a Norman Borlaug book to help them remember their experiences in Minnesota. FFA and the University of Minnesota have been long-standing partners, and thanks in part to FFA, many students and alumni have found their way to CFANS! 

CHS Mentors & Alumni Host CFANS students

CHS Visit Jan 22On January 22, CHS employees who serve as mentors to CFANS students through the CFANS Mentor Program hosted a half-day site visit. Thirty-five CFANS students from a variety of majors and across different class years attended to learn about different CHS business units and opportunities with the company, and to conduct practice interviews with CHS employees. A number of alumni and friends employed by CHS spoke with students, including Bruce Hatteberg ('79), Gary Anderson ('86), Scott Manwarren ('97), Scott Pearson ('97), Dayton Daberkow, Brendan McBride, Jason Wittek, Ryan Kelbrants, and Morgan Ludvigson. Thanks to the CFANS mentors - Bruce, Ryan, and Morgan - for helping to coordinate this fantastic opportunity for CFANS students!

Departmental Newsletters

The Animal Science Department has released their January 2016 department newsletter. This newsletter features some of the new teaching highlights, U of M research in the news, student and alumni news as well as an event calendar for various animal science expos and events coming up. To read more about the latest happenening in the Animal Science Department, click here!

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