Campus News

The Animal Science Department welcomes Allison Berth

Allison Berth has accepted the position in the Department of Animal Science to support graduate and undergraduate programs and communications efforts. Her start date is February 22 and she will be located in 305 Haecker Hall.

Allison has a BA from U of M in Sociology with a minor in Spanish. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Leadership in Student Affairs at St. Thomas University. She has experience working as a Career Services Advisor at Rasmussen College in Blaine.

Informing What is Grown in High Tunnels

The use of high tunnels in fruit, vegetable, and ornamental plant production can increase profitability by extending the length of the short Minnesota growing season, especially in high value crops such as tomato. Investment in high tunnel infrastructure and maintenance increases the cost of crop production in high tunnels for growers, and losses in yield and quality of tomatoes can reduce their value and impact the return on investment for growers.Helping growers protect high tunnel tomatoes in Minnesota and the Midwest is the research topic of Plant Pathology graduate student Lillian Garber. Learn more about how Garber's research protects the highest value crop grown in high tunnels in Minnesota on the Plant Pathology's website.

Ensuring Soybean Yields by Screening for Resistance to Fusarium Graminearum

Marissa Scherven, a former Plant Pathology undergraduate research assistant in Dr. Jim Kurle’s lab, is looking for resistance to Fusarium graminearum in soybean, in order to prevent disease problems in farmer’s fields before they affect soybean yield. “This disease is a problem for farmers because soybean seed and seedling rots interfere with stand establishment. Plants that do emerge grow poorly as a result of root rot and the farmer will not know what is wrong. Once farmers do recognize that their plants are infected it is too late,” says Scherven. Her research aims to find a solution to this problem by helping to find resistance. Learn more about Scherven's research, click here!

Volunteer to Host an International Student

MAST International, a University of Minnesota exchange visitor program, is looking for people to host an international student for 3-6 nights while he or she attends orientation on the St. Paul campus. This is an exciting way to meet young adults ages 18 - 32 who have a passion for agriculture and come from all around the world. For dates and more information, click here!