Class Notes

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.

Posted on: November 2, 2018
Emily Annexstad, right, and Haleigh Ortmeier-Clarke, left, will advance to the MFBF state Collegiate Discussion Meet competition in November.

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.

Posted on: September 27, 2018
Dennis and Vicki shaking hands with the deans

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.”

Posted on: September 27, 2018
 Mark Christopher from Spring Valley Wisconsin talks to ACM students Keegan Zimmerman, Kaiya Novacek, Lindsey Bettin, and Val Sauder about the process of making maple syrup at the St. Paul Farmer’s Market.

Welcome Grant McCormack

CFANS welcomes a new academic advisor, Grant K. McCormack, to the team.

Posted on: August 30, 2018
Grant McCormack

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.

Posted on: July 31, 2018
Eric Middleton with hissing cockroaches

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.

Posted on: July 17, 2018
The constructed system taken earlier the summer of 2018. Credit: Alex Susko

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