Class Notes

In Memory: Orvin Burnside

Former head of the Department Agronomy and Plant Genetics, honored veteran, respected professor, and beloved family-man Orvin Burnside passed away on May 29, 2017. Orvin was born on June 9th, 1932 and raised on a dairy farm in Hawley, Minnesota. He grew up surrounded by his nine siblings and adoring parents. Orvin enlisted in the army during the Korean War where he served as a Army Officer, eventually achieving the rank of 1st Lieutenant in the Central Intelligence Corps. He taught at UNL as a professor of weed science for many years before returning to his home state of Minnesota. There he accepted the position of Department Head of Agronomy & Plant Genetics at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.

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Posted on: June 12, 2017

In Memory: Professor Emeritus Dale Dahl

Professor Emeritus Dale Dahl received his Ph.D in Economics from the University of Minnesota in 1964. Dahl served for 39 years as a professor in the Department of Applied Economics and adjunct professor of law at the University of Minnesota Law School. 


Posted on: June 12, 2017

Recent graduate Siemers-Peterman ‘17 selected as 70th Alice in Dairyland

Crystal Siemers-Peterman '17 has been named Wisconsin's 70th Alice in Dairyland following a ceremony at Lambeau Field on May 14. Alice in Dairyland is a full-time public relations professional employed by the state's division of agricultural development. Each year, she travels more than 40,000 miles throughout the state and nation, promoting Wisconsin products to audiences of all ages and types. Siemers-Peterman recently completed her Bachelors degree in Agricultural and Food Business Management with a minor in Marketing.


Posted on: June 10, 2017

Eichler ‘00 receives federal grant to support agricultural education efforts in Texas

Matthew Eichler, Ph.D. '00 and his colleagues at Texas State University have recently received nearly $400,000 in federal grants to support agricultural education efforts in Texas.  Eichler is an associate professor and coordinator of graduate programs in Occupational, Workforce, and Leadership Studies at Texas State University, and received his Bachelors in Agricultural Education in 2000 from CFANS. 


Posted on: June 9, 2017

Landwehr ‘16 comes full circle at MnTAP

University of Minnesota’s Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP) staff matches third and fourth year college students with local companies and municipalities that want assistance with addressing long-term challenges. Most of the interns are students from the University of Minnesota’s Twin Cities and Duluth campuses. Many are majoring in chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, and environmental health.

Being a MnTAP intern strongly influenced Nathan Landwehr’s career plans. He completed internships in 2015 and 2016 before earning his Bachelors degree in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management from the U and becoming MnTAP's internship program administrator. 


Posted on: June 9, 2017

With roots in the School of Agriculture, Bailey Nurseries continue to thrive

In 1905, John Vincent Bailey Jr., a member of the School of Agriculture’s class of 1896, eagerly launched a vegetable production business with $10 seed capital. From that humble beginning, Bailey Nurseries has grown to become one of the nation’s largest nurseries. Today, Bailey’s statistical accomplishments are impressive — more than 800 varieties of woody plants, as well as hundreds of annuals and perennials; annual production of two million shade trees, five million shrubs, one million hardy shrub roses, 400,000 fruit trees, and 200,000 flats of bedding plants. Even more impressive than the numbers, however, is the company’s dedication to the land and the people who have fueled their success.  The company's recent feature in the Star Tribune showcases the company's family story and its continued innovation. 


Posted on: June 7, 2017

Regulating crops and developing leaders with Culler ‘07

It costs as much as $140 million for Monsanto to release a new genetically modified crop, and from start to finish Angela Hendrickson Culler ‘07 ensures that crop is safe for people, animals, and the environment. Culler is the lead for Monsanto’s U.S. Biotech Regulatory Affairs department and was recently named one of the Saint Louis Business Journal’s 40 Under 40, which recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to their businesses and community. She manages a team of 25 people and is responsible for obtaining and maintaining global regulatory approvals for a $10 billion product portfolio. Culler received her Ph.D. in Plant Biological Sciences from the University of Minnesota’s joint degree program between the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences and the College of Biological Sciences in 2007.


Posted on: June 6, 2017

Alumni Spotlight: Eric Schroeder ‘92

Eric Schroeder graduated from CFANS with a Bachelors in Agricultural Economics in 1992. As Chief Administrative Officer at the Great Plains Institute, he loves “the opportunity to provide the infrastructure that enables talented and entrepreneurial individuals to thrive.”   


Posted on: June 3, 2017

In Memory of Roy Thompson '51 '57

This month we remember the life of Roy Thompson '51 '57 (B.S. & M.S.), a traveler, nature lover, and member of FarmHouse Fraternity.


Posted on: May 31, 2017

Baby Gopher: The Schwab Family

Kari (Opdahl) Schwab '10 (B.S. Agricultural and Food Business Management) and her husband, Eric welcomed Hannah Grace Schwab into the world on April 29, 2017.

Posted on: May 12, 2017