Upcoming Events

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! Click here for opportunities to win tickets, purchase discounted tickets, and be a part of fun activities before the game begins. Stay updated via the Celebrate Ag & Food Day Facebook page.

CFANS College to Career Seminar for High School Students

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 limited transportation funding is available for schools sending classes to this event.  Learn more and register here

NEW CLASS! Explore Native and Restored Wetlands at the Arboretum

Saturday, September 10, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Spring Peeper Meadow parking lot, MN Landscape Arboretum

Julia Bohnen, acclaimed horticulturist who was instrumental in the creation of the Arboretum’s Spring Peeper Meadow Restoration. While we are the “land of 10,000 lakes”, our number of wetlands has drastically decreased over the last century of development. These ecosystems are incredibly important to many of our native flora, fauna, as well as migrating birds. Julia, instrumental in the Spring Peeper Meadow restoration, will be your guide on this ecological hike of two wetland areas. You will learn about the differences between native and restored wetland areas, and Julia will highlight unique plants and animals along the way. You will leave with an increased respect for this important ecosystem, and practical ways that you can support further restoration projects in your neighborhood. Limit 15, meet at the Spring Peeper Meadow parking lot (east of the Arboretum main entrance on Hazeltine Boulevard between Highway 5 and East 82nd street)

$20 member/$32 non-member, includes Arboretum admission. Advance registration strongly suggested! 

Open House at Southern Research and Outreach Center

Thursday, September 15, 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Southern Research and Outreach Center, Waseca, MN

The Southern Research and Outreach Center (SROC), a unit of the University of Minnesota College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS), will host an Open House on Thursday, September 15. The event will be held rain or shine from 4:00-8:00 pm with a picnic supper served 4:30-7:00 pm. A variety of fun and informative displays about our research at the SROC will be the focus of the event. Come experience what we are working on to help ensure safe, healthy and productive use of our land and resources well into the future. Local 4-H groups will provide activities and entertainment for the whole family. Visitors will have the opportunity to find their way through a corn maze and ride a horse-drawn trolley with live entertainment. Learn about the new University of Minnesota cold-hardy grape (Itasca), and other grapes used in the MN wine industry while sampling some of the newest Minnesota wines. The new and growing MN hop breeding program will provide an opportunity to learn about hops and the craft brewing industry while providing an opportunity to sample locally brewed beer.
Come join the fun! Sign up at registration for a chance to win a door prize. Meet UM mascot, Goldy Gopher. Buy maroon and gold wear and gifts, sample and purchase meat and cheeses produced at the University. See a live bee hive, along with piglets, calves and turkeys. This free event is fun for the entire family. The University of Minnesota SROC is located on the west edge of Waseca (Elm Avenue and Co. Rd. 41). For more information, contact the Southern Research and Outreach Center at 507/835-3620. More info

Clean Water Summit

Thursday, September 22, 2016, 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

The 2016 Clean Water Summit will feature up-to-date knowledge and research in green infrastructure practices for redevelopment and retrofit sites, with a focus on innovation in project planning, developing partnerships, engaging community, design and installation, monitoring, and operations and maintenance that optimizes performance.

$70 Arboretum Members and Conference Affiliates / $80 General Registration. Fee includes Arboretum admission, lunch and coffee breaks. Advance registration strongly suggested! 

Creating a Home Landscape You Can Love and Enjoy 

Saturdays, September 24, October 8, October 22, and November 5, 9 a.m. - noon
Jim Calkins, landscape and production horticulturist, Research Information Director at the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association

Design your home landscape exactly the way you want it! In this 4-part series, your own yard is your class project. With attentive instruction from Jim Calkins, you will learn the theory and principles of landscape design, analyze soils, explore the landscape design process, investigate proper plant selection and more. Throughout the series, you will develop a functional, manageable, environmentally sound, cost-effective, and visually pleasing design unique to your setting. Hands-on, take-home assignments will have you putting pencil to paper and applying what you’ve learned, with time for personalized critique of your ideas. 

$139 member/$155 non-member, includes Arboretum admission,  $189/$219 couples working on the same project. Advance registration strongly suggested! Limit 16.

St. Paul Career Fair

Wednesday, September 28, 2016
St. Paul Student Center

CFANS alumni are invited to attend the St. Paul Career Fair. Connect with 60+ organizations regarding opportunities in agriculture, food and animal industries, business, and banking/finance. To view details, click this link. 

CFANS at Gopher Homecoming

October 15-22, 2016
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 and RSVP for events here.

2016 U of M Day of Service

Saturday, October 15, 2016
Multiple Locations

Join CFANS and U of M alumni to give back! The 2016 U of M Day of Service strives to engage alumni in service to their community on behalf of the university through one big day of service and gratitude. More than 466,000 alumni from across the world, students and others will have the opportunity to serve their communities at various volunteer sites and showcase their school pride. Alumni in 11 cities across the US will be participating by volunteering at about 20 sites! CFANS Alumni will host two metro-area service sites:  Feed My Starving Children - Eagan and City of St. Paul - St. Paul (Tree-planting activity) .  Check out the full list of sites and register here. Note that some service sites are sponsored by specific alumni groups, but all sites are open to all alumni! Use #DayofServiceUMN to let us know what you are doing on October 15!

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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