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November 14, 2018

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.

(From left, seated) Jim Bradeen, Ruth Oniang’o, Nancy Jo Ehlke, Emily Hoover. (Standing): Students from the 2018 BML planning committee Yinjie Qiu, Becky Zhong,  Emmanuel Adeyemo, Matthew Pereyra, Makeba Magambo
November 9, 2018

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.

A field of corn with the sun behind it
October 30, 2018

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.

"Pleasant, ordered clutter..." In the living room Jake looks over one of the books he and maria brought from Holland. That's Netherlands' Queen Wilhelmia smiling down from the wall so benevolently.
October 25, 2018

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.

Sandra Mitchell
October 12, 2018

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.

Students at the World Food Prize
October 3, 2018

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.

UMN Forest Resources graduate student Artur Stefanski. Photo by Dave Hansen.
September 27, 2018

Dennis and Victoria Johnson are the first CFANS donors to fully-endow a scholarship in the Land-Grant Legacy Scholarship (LGLS) Program.

Dennis and Vicki shaking hands with the deans
September 27, 2018

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.”

 Mark Christopher from Spring Valley Wisconsin talks to ACM students Keegan Zimmerman, Kaiya Novacek, Lindsey Bettin, and Val Sauder about the process of making maple syrup at the St. Paul Farmer’s Market.
September 20, 2018

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.

A potato field in bloom

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