CFANS at the Minnesota State Fair

August 23, 2018 to September 3, 2018
9:00am to 9:00pm

The CFANS wing of the Agricultural/Horticulture Building at this year’s Minnesota State Fair is a don’t-miss destination.

The hall features a wall-sized spin on connect-the-dots, a Post-It® note board for sharing CFANS stories, and an engagement table where visitors can dive deep into conversation with experts about our path-leading programs and developments (scheduled below).

Learn about how to keep your lawn ever-green and advances in crops that not only lead to great food, but help preserve our precious natural resources. You’ll also have the chance to learn from Master Gardeners.

Come to our CFANS Engagement Table to meet and talk with experts:

Thursday, August 23
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Department of Animal Science - Animal Science Interactive Station - The Department of Animal Science will provide engaging and fun activities focused around animals and agriculture. Highlights include: biosecurity demonstrations where you can wear disposable boots, coveralls, and gloves to learn about animal health and management; a spin-wheel with different animal-related questions offering the chance to win a prize; examples of different types of feed for animals; a particle separator box; and a model of a rumen to explain ruminant digestion.

1-5 p.m.

Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives - Discoveries in Food, Agriculture, and Health - Explore UMN activities in the interdisciplinary arena of food, agriculture, and health through local food samples, art, and other visual displays.

5-9 p.m. 

West Central Research and Outreach Center - Cows, Pigs, Sun, and Wind - Through interactive demonstrations, explore ways we produce milk and meat using the power of sun and wind while protecting the environment, improving animal welfare, and benefitting human health.

Friday, August 24

9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering Department - Discover solutions for the sustainable use of renewable resources and enhancement of the environment.

Saturday, August 25

9 a.m. - 1 p.m. 

Remote Sensing and Geospatial Analysis Laboratory - Unmanned Aircraft Systems - Discover how researchers at the U are using drones to monitor our changing world and manage natural resources.

1-5 p.m.

Department of Entomology - Entomology Explorations - Get a little "buggy." Explore insects and their impact upon the world in which we live.

Sunday, August 26

9 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Aquatic Invasive Species Detectors - Learn More and Get Involved - Get some hands-on practice learning how to identify aquatic invasive species (AIS) that threaten Minnesota waters. Learn more about steps to take to prevent the further spread of AIS, including some of our volunteer and citizen science programs.

Monday, August 27

9 a.m.-9 p.m.

Aquatic Invasive Species Detectors

Tuesday, August 28

9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Bell Museum - Natural History Specimens from the Bell Museum's Education Collection - The Bell Museum staff and volunteers will be bringing a variety of scientific specimens to share with visitors, showcasing the diversity of offerings at the new Bell.

1-5 p.m.

Department of Entomology - Entomology Exploration

5-9 p.m.

Bell Museum - Natural History Specimens from the Collection

Wednesday, August 29

9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute - Discoveries in Food, Agriculture, and Health

Thursday, August 30

9 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Plant Pathology and the Stakman-Borlaug Center - Plants Can Get Sick, Too: Common Plant Diseases in Minnesota - Learn about common plant diseases with hands-on displays from the University of Minnesota’s Department of Plant Pathology. 

Friday, August 31

9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Department of Forest Resources - Tree Measuring Demonstration - What is silviculture? How do you measure trees? Can you manage forests? What is forest health? If you have ever asked yourself any of these questions, this is a space to address them. We will share an interactive tree measurement demo. Activities include tree-ring counting, use of common forestry tools, demonstrations of tree measurements, and identifying common tree health issues.

1-5 p.m.

Department of Entomology - Entomology Exploration

Saturday, September 1

1-5 p.m.

Department of Entomology - Entomology Exploration

Sunday, September 2

9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Northwest Research and Outreach Center - Use of Remote Sensing for Detection of Plant Diseases - Get to know how drones (UAVc) and remote sensing technologies aid in detecting below-ground diseases of sugarbeet plants.

1-5 p.m.

Department of Soil, Water, and Climate - Invasive Earthworms - Did you know worms can be an invasive species? See some worms, learn how they change ecosystems, and what we can all do to help protect our forests. 

Monday, September 3

9 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Bell Museum - Natural History Specimens from the Collection

Plus: Visit CFANS at the DNR Stage