December 5, 2018

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has bestowed Plant Pathology professor Carol Ishimaru with the lifetime honor of being an elected Fellow in recognition of her extraordinary achievements in advancing science.

December 5, 2018

CHS Digital Media Instructor Dr. Troy McKay’s film “The Minnesota Model: Developing Leaders in Agricultural Education and Communication” was selected for presentation at the University Council for Education Administration (UCEA) 7th Annual Film Festival in Houston, Texas. McKay’s film describes the Minnesota Model, an initiative with the goal of making the University of Minnesota a leader in agricultural education, and was one of a select few chosen or presentation at the festival.

minnesota model
December 5, 2018

The Plant Protein Innovation Center (PPIC) hosted its inaugural meeting on Wednesday, November 28, 2018, at the Graduate Hotel in Minneapolis. This new research center, housed within the Department of Food Science and Nutrition, will bring together interdisciplinary researchers, industry partners and other stakeholders to study and deliver new, nutritious and functional plant protein ingredients and products.

December 5, 2018

With the holidays fast approaching, support CFANS and check items off your shopping list without fighting busy stores or long lines. From memberships to the Bell Museum to CFANS gear for that high school senior who just committed to the U, there’s truly something for everyone on this gift guide.

November 28, 2018

University of Minnesota Professor and Lieberman-Okinow Endowed Chair of Cereal Disease Resistance in the Department of Plant Pathology Brian Steffenson recently was awarded the 2018 Award for Global Engagement. This all-university award is given to current faculty and staff in recognition of outstanding contributions to global education, global competency, cultural understanding and/or international programs at the university.

Brian Steffenson receiving his award
November 27, 2018

We are pleased to announce that Connie Hempstead has been named Strategic Events Lead for CFANS and that Dylan VanBoxtel will join CFANS and the Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station (MAES) as Digital Content Lead, focusing on visual content development, videography and photography, and social media.

St. Paul bulls
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



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