Class Notes

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).

Posted on: April 30, 2018
Brian Buhr and Ben Broberg

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.

Posted on: March 28, 2018
Tree-lovers gather for 56th MN Shade Tree Short Course

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.

Posted on: March 26, 2018
Brewing a Better Forest tag

Jim Boersma ('74) receives 2018 Renville County Distinguished Service Award

Congratulations to Jim Boersma, recipient of the 2018 Renville County Distinguished Service Award.

Posted on: March 23, 2018
Jayne & Jim Boersma with Doug Toren

Department of Animal Science announces Golden Alumni Award winners

The Department of Animal Science announces Bruce Behrends, Ph.D. as the winner of the Golden Alumni Award — Achievement in Industry and Bradley Johnson, Ph.D. as the winner of the Golden Alumni Award — Achievement in Academia. The Golden Alumni Award recognizes one alumni from industry and one alumni from academia for their distinction in their professional lives, recognition for outstanding contributions to animal agriculture, and exceptional service to or volunteer activities in their respective fields.

Posted on: March 13, 2018

Schutz to head CFANS Department of Animal Science

The College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences is excited to announce that Michael M. Schutz, Ph.D., has accepted the position of Professor and Head in the Department of Animal Science. Professor Schutz will join CFANS on June 11, 2018.

Posted on: March 6, 2018
Michael Schutz

Jacobson Receives 2018 Environmental Steward Award

Dr. Larry Jacobson (‘83 Ph.D. Agricultural Engineering), Bioproducts & Biosystems Engineering Professor Emeritus, has received the 2018 Environmental Steward Award from the Minnesota Pork Congress.

Posted on: February 13, 2018

Bittner '89 receives Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service Award

Bette Drewry Bittner was one of four recipients of 2017 Distinguished Service Award from the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) during an awards ceremony at the Brazos County Expo Complex. This award is the highest given to employees. 


Posted on: February 5, 2018

Carlson '95 receives MN Corn's Friend of Agriculture

Extension Educator Brad Carlson received the "Friend of Agriculture" award from the Minnesota Corn Growers Association at their annual meeting on January 25, 2018.


Posted on: January 26, 2018

Dave Rizzo '93 to receive National Award

Dave Rizzo is being recognized as an Outstanding First-Year Student Advocate, calling his work a “best practice” in easing students’ transitions into college. He is among 10 people to be so recognized by the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition, based at the University of South Carolina.

Dave Rizzo graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1993 with his Ph.D in Plant Pathology. 


Posted on: January 25, 2018
Dave Rizzo