This year, CFANS faculty and staff have led students on learning experiences across the globe. From Ecuador and Germany to the Bahamas and Peru, these educational expeditions have shifted perspectives and inspired academic growth. In May of 2019, Associate Dean Michael White led a group of students to Italy, where they were able to experience food and agriculture from the Tuscan point of view. Many indicated that the trip was one of the most impactful learning experiences they have had in college, if not in their lives.
The American Dairy Science Association® (ADSA®) is pleased to announce Les Hansen as the 2019 recipient of the ADSA Fellow Award. Les Hansen, professor at the University of Minnesota, is a distinguished researcher and teacher of dairy cattle genetics and mentor of dairy youth. He has received numerous ADSA awards, including the Purina Teaching Award in Dairy Production in 1992, the J. L. Lush Research Award in Animal Breeding in 2014, and the Hoard’s Dairyman Youth Development Award in 2016.
Dr. Krishona Martinson, UMN Professor and Equine Extension Specialist, was awarded the Equine Science Society Outstanding Educator Award at its 26th Symposium in Asheville, NC in June. This award is presented to a member who has demonstrated excellence in the area of equine education either to students or persons in the industry, and recognizes programs that are exceptionally effective at disseminating research-based information that have an effect on the long term well-being of horses and the horse industry.
The Equine Science Society (ESS) held its 26th Symposium in Asheville, North Carolina, June 2019. The event is held every other year. ESS promotes high-quality research related to the horse and strives to establish effective communication among researchers, educators and professionals.
On May 20th, 2019, CFANS opened its doors to high school students, alumni, and numerous volunteers for The World Food Prize Annual Minnesota Youth Institute. Minnesota is one of 23 states that hosts a state youth institute, each with the shared goal of encouraging students to discover new solutions to global challenges.
To better protect rare animals, insects and plants, and to prepare for an uncertain future influenced by climate change, a team of researchers is aiming to merge this conventional wisdom with a new way of thinking: arguing researchers needs to better understand how rare species benefit people outside of their existence value.
Legume plants like soybean and alfalfa have the unique capacity to fix nitrogen directly from the air. This means they can produce their own fertilizer, potentially reducing the amount of synthetic chemicals used in agriculture and reducing pollution to rivers and streams.