Development Spotlight: Magnusson gifts Siehl Prize

Realizing the importance of educating future researchers that the state, country and world will need, Richard Magnusson, a 2014 Siehl Prize Laureate, has gifted his award from that prize to start the Minnesota Turf Seed Growers Recruitment Fund.

While the fund is named in honor of the Turf Seed Growers, it will be used to introduce undergraduate college students to the breadth of areas of study in the Applied Plant Sciences Graduate Program administered by the Agronomy and Plant Genetics Department. This fund will support a new recruitment program which will allow professors to reach out to students in northwest Minnesota and eastern North Dakota and pay for interested students to visit the St. Paul campus and have first-hand research experience.

A 1981 UMN Crookston graduate, Richard Magnusson is a third generation farmer from Roseau, Minnesota. The Magnusson family farm produces grain crops such as soybeans, sunflowers, corn, wheat, and specialty seed crops on about 10,000 acres in northwestern Minnesota. Over time the family has been working to ensure the success of the grass seed industry. They have donated 40 acres of land to the University to establish a research farm. The emphasis for this research plot will be on grass and legume seed production, and turfgrass breeding.

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