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.
The Stakman-Borlaug Center (SBC) is pleased to welcome Will Zorrilla as the associate director of Oat Global. Oat Global is a public-private partnership committed to improving resilience, quality, and value of oat by coordinating precompetitive research, breeding and extension on a global scale. Led by the SBC, Oat Global comprises worldwide participants from academia, governments, industry, and oat commodity and other stakeholder groups.
Anup Kollanoor Johny, Ph.D. (pictured, right), an Assistant Professor in the Department of Animal Science, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences at the University of Minnesota was selected for the Outstanding Service Award (Food Microbiology Division) from the The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT). This award annually recognizes one of its active members who strive to advance the division specialty’s field of research or industry or has a long history of service to the Division.
While salt is common and inexpensive to purchase, it can have a high environmental cost, as elevated chloride levels are toxic to many plant and aquatic species. Researchers at the Water Resources Center created a chloride budget for the state of Minnesota to estimate how much chloride enters the environment annually from household water softener use and other major sources.
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.
Linda Kinkel and JP Dundore-Arias were awarded a 3-year, $499,950 USDA-NIFA grant “Advancing Ecological, Evolutionary, and Mechanistic Understanding Of Natural And Induced Suppressive Soil Microbiomes”.
Working in collaboration with the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service and The Improve Group, the Stakman-Borlaug Center (SBC) has identified the three closed Food for Progress agriculture assistance projects that will be given a sustainability assessment.
Forest Resources’ Youth Engagement in Arboriculture (YEA) is a new outreach program that is bringing young people to great heights. The program aims to inspire youth to envision themselves in careers in arboriculture and urban forestry, starting with an education in CFANS. Department of Forest Resources staff partner with professional arborists, many of whom are CFANS alumni, to provide day-long tree climbing experiences for elementary through high school students.
Incoming faculty member in Agricultural Communication & Marketing, Garrett Steede, received the NACTA (North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture) Graduate Student Teaching Award in Ames, IA during their annual conference in June.