Campus news

CFANS fall enrollment sets a record

Undergraduate enrollment for this fall is 2,021, the highest total since the college was created in 2006 via a merger of the colleges of agriculture and natural resources plus the food science and nutrition department. A total of 338 new first-year students enrolled this fall, along with 148 new transfer students.

In recent years, the college has introduced new opportunities for students that involve hands-on learning, studying abroad and working with people from different backgrounds. It has also added four new or reconfigured majors: food systems; plant science; sustainable systems management; and agricultural communications and marketing. All of the changes were made in response to students’ changing interests as well as employers’ workforce needs. More info...

If you know of any high school or transfer students that would like to receive information about becoming a student at CFANS, please submit their information here.

meats teamFour U of M Students Compete in Inaugural Meat Judging Contest

Fifty-seven students from eight universities and colleges competed in the inaugural year of the Hormel National Barrow Show Intercollegiate Meat Judging Contest. The American Meat Science Association and Hormel provided a very unique contest that included fresh and processed pork product judging, as well as processed meats defects and a keep/cull scenario for fresh pork specifications.

The U of M was represented by four graduate students in Animal Science. Team members were Katie Cottingim, Christina Fehrman, Belinda Huang and Megan Nelson. The team was advised by Dr. Ryan Cox. The team placed 5th in processed meats. Christina Fehrman placed 1st in placings and processed meats, and 2nd overall. Additionally, she placed 9th in fresh pork and 11th in questions. Katie Cottingim placed 6th in processed meats and 12th overall.

ESPM SharingEnvironmental Sciences, Policy and Management (ESPM) and Fisheries and Wildlife Students Present Professional Experiences to Incoming Freshmen and Transfer Students

On October 19th and 20th, 50 Environmental Sciences, Policy and Management (ESPM), Fisheries and Wildlife, and Forestry and Natural Resources Management (FNRM) students presented reflections on their most recent professional experiences to groups of over 120 CFANS freshmen and transfer students. The presenting students, all in ESPM 4096 (Professional Experience Internship) discussed the wide range of professional opportunities they participated in over the summer of 2015. These opportunities included internships with the National Park Service, Minnesota Department of Health, Exxon Mobile, Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, the Shedd Aquarium, the Agri-food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore, Navico, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, and many, many more!

Conversations between students were productive and informative. Presenting students discussed several points of reflection, including how their professional experiences fit into their career goals, whether or not their experiences changed their desired career path, and issues of workplace culture. Freshman and transfer students had an opportunity to hear about these experiences from a student perspective, as they begin to formulate their own paths in their academic programs and future careers. 

Department of Plant Pathology awards E.C. Stakman Award

The E.C. Stakman Award is awarded each year in honor of Dr. Elvin Charles Stakman, a pioneer in wheat stem rust research.

This year’s award winner Jeff Ellis, Program Leader at CSIRO Plant Industry in Australia, shares Stakman’s vision of protecting crops from disease, and thru his work Ellis has extended Stakman’s legacy by identifying many of the underlying genes that control rust resistance. Ellis was presented this year’s award on Oct. 22 where he also gave a research seminar highlighting rust resistance research. More info...

Tree Planting 2015

Planting Trees with CFANS event a success

Over 30 CFANS students and alumni planting trees at the Trout Brook Nature Sanctuary on October 24. CFANS partnered with the Department of Forest Resources - U of MNCity of Saint Paul - Government, UMN Forestry Club, and Chad Giblin—scientist with CFANS Department of Forest Resources—to plant research trees. The Trout Brook Nature Sanctuary is part of Saint Paul Parks and Recreation's larger plan for expansion of the Trout Brook Regional Trail. The vision for this site is to create a nature preserve in the heart of a heavily urbanized area. The trees we plant will contribute to these efforts. Check out the pictures from the event here

CFANS Updates from the 88th National FFA Convention & Expo

Agricultural Education freshman Joe Ramstad was a member of the Forest Lake FFA Agricultural Communications CDE team from Forest Lake, Minnesota that gained a first place victory during the national competiton. The National FFA Agricultural Communications CDE is a competitive event that tests students' skills in all areas of the agricultural communications field and evaluates how well they can apply classroom knowledge to real-life situations.

Two CFANS students, Trent Dado and Ellyn Swanson, participated in the Job Interview CDE where they placed second and eighth respectively. The job interview CDE is a competitive event that tests student's ability to perform effectively throughout the entire job application process. The participants prepare a resume, cover letter and complete an online application. They also participate in phone, one-on-one and panel job interviews as part of the competition. 

More information on the convention and overall results can be found here.