Approximately 100 people gathered Oct. 22, 2018, at the St. Paul Student Center, for the 12th Annual Borlaug Memorial Lecture (BML), keynoted by Ruth Oniang’o, chair of the Sasakawa Africa Association (SAA) and Sasakawa Fund for Extension Education (SAFE) in Kenya.
There is widespread concern that global warming will have a strong negative effect on crop yields. Recent research published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on historical maize yields across the U.S. Corn Belt suggests that a continuation of the historical yield trend will depend on a stable climate and continued farmer adjustments.
When Hitler’s forces invaded and occupied Holland in 1940, Jacob and Maria Haasnoot’s lives changed overnight. Because they lived on a small farm that supplied their household food, the family was forced to quarter three Nazi soldiers in their house. And although these soldiers added fear to their daily lives for five years, the experience did not diminish their core belief in the good of people and strengthened how they valued education for the common good. Decades later, those principles are at the heart of a new scholarship in Jacob's name.
We are pleased to announce that Sandra Mitchell will serve as interim director for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) in CFANS, while we initiate an important search process for a new leader. This search will be conducted in close partnership with the University of Minnesota’s Office of Equity and Diversity. We expect to name a new director within the next few months.
Ten high school students will represent Minnesota as delegates to the World Food Prize Forum Global Youth Institute in Des Moines, Iowa, October 17-20. The annual event draws more than 1200 international guests from 65 countries, including recognized experts and Nobel Prize Laureates, interested in food security and agricultural issues.
Because cool summers slow growth of forests in cold places, like much of North America, Europe and Asia, scientists have speculated that a warming climate might speed up their photosynthesis and growth. However, a new University of Minnesota study with more than 2,000 young trees growing in northern forests has found that drier soils, which will occur with warmer temperatures, will markedly reduce tree photosynthesis under the climate change expected later this century.
Dennis and Victoria Johnson are the first CFANS donors to fully-endow a scholarship in the Land-Grant Legacy Scholarship (LGLS) Program.
On Saturday, September 22nd nearly 50 students had the opportunity to participate in the “Faces of Agriculture” tour. The tour allowed students to explore diversified aspects of agriculture that they may not have previously been familiar with. This is the 4th year that students in Amy Smith’s AFEE 1001 class have been able to attend, and the 2nd year Fances Homan’s APEC 1001 class has joined them. In the words of Emelia Melson, a freshman studying agricultural communication and marketing, “The Minnesota Faces of Ag Tour expanded my view of Minnesota agriculture from livestock and corn to orchards and bee colonies and maple syrup producers. I realized that Minnesota agriculture can offer me more than pigs, corn, and soybeans.”
Carl Rosen, University of Minnesota professor in the Department of Soil, Water, and Climate, is lead PI on an $8 million grant from USDA-NIFA-SCRI over four years to research soil health as part of a team that brings together the research efforts of 10 universities.