July 31, 2018

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.

Eric Middleton with hissing cockroaches
July 26, 2018

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.

Will Zorrilla profile picture
July 24, 2018

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.

Anup Kollanoor Johny
July 19, 2018

This summer, we would like to introduce three new staff members who joined the CFANS family: Kathy Krum, Tim Loesch, and Barb Thees.

July 19, 2018

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.

Industrial water purifier
July 17, 2018

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.

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

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”.

June 29, 2018

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.

Plants in the sun
June 26, 2018

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.

Tree climbing
June 25, 2018

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. 

Garrett Steede



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