Annexstad, Ortmeier-Clarke take first and second place at the regional Minnesota Farm Bureau Collegiate Discussion Meet
The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) hosted a regional Collegiate Discussion Meet at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities St. Paul Campus on October 30. This year’s regional winner was Emily Annexstad of St. Peter in Nicollet County who is studying animal science and agricultural communications and marketing. The runner-up was Haleigh Ortmeier-Clarke of Slayton in Murray County who is studying plant science.
Johnsons provide first fully-endowed Land-Grant Legacy Scholarship
Dennis and Victoria Johnson are the first CFANS donors to fully-endow a scholarship in the Land-Grant Legacy Scholarship (LGLS) Program.
Faces of Ag Tour broadens student’s view of Minnesota agriculture
On Saturday, September 22nd nearly 50 students had the opportunity to participate in the “Faces of Agriculture” tour. The tour allowed students to explore diversified aspects of agriculture that they may not have previously been familiar with. This is the 4th year that students in Amy Smith’s AFEE 1001 class have been able to attend, and the 2nd year Fances Homan’s APEC 1001 class has joined them. In the words of Emelia Melson, a freshman studying agricultural communication and marketing, “The Minnesota Faces of Ag Tour expanded my view of Minnesota agriculture from livestock and corn to orchards and bee colonies and maple syrup producers. I realized that Minnesota agriculture can offer me more than pigs, corn, and soybeans.”
Welcome Grant McCormack
CFANS welcomes a new academic advisor, Grant K. McCormack, to the team.
The ninja warrior entomologist
When he is not collecting insects and researching the habitats of bugs, University of Minnesota graduate student Eric Middleton can be found climbing walls, swinging from ropes and jumping over obstacles. Known as "Dung Beetle Strong" for his love of bugs, he will compete on the Minneapolis finals of American Ninja Warrior, airing on NBC at 8pm on August 20.
UMN researchers develop DIY field imaging system
Farmers and plant breeders can now build their own automated field camera track system to collect data on dynamic plant traits, such as crop lodging and movement, as it’s happening in the field to help reduce losses in crop yield.
Buhr, Broberg admitted to the FFA Hall of Fame
On April 23 at the 89th Minnesota State FFA Convention, the Minnesota FFA Alumni Association announced the FFA Hall of Fame Class of 2018. Among the eight inductees selected is Brian Buhr, dean of the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, and Ben Broberg (B.S. '50, Agricultural Education).
Tree-lovers gathered for 56th MN Shade Tree Short Course
Good things happen when people who love trees get together. You can imagine how many tree jokes and puns “leaf out.” Every March, these tree-lovers gather for the Minnesota Shade Tree Short Course, the largest regional conference dedicated to tree care and urban forestry in the country. This year marked the 56th annual Shade Tree Short Course with a record attendance of over 1,300 people on the campus of Bethel University.
Brewing a Better Forest: water a tree, brew for free
With Emerald ash borer being a new visitor to Minneapolis, the importance of urban forestation and the preservation of that new forest became even more important. Minneapolis plants thousands of trees each year, but has limited capacity to water all of them in their very important first couple of years. Brewing a Better Forest is a non-profit founded by U of M alumni who want to make sure these young trees get the water they need to survive.
Jim Boersma ('74) receives 2018 Renville County Distinguished Service Award
Congratulations to Jim Boersma, recipient of the 2018 Renville County Distinguished Service Award.