February 8, 2018

Mark Bellcourt was one of four recipients of the 2018 John Tate Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising. The Tate Awards is one of the highest advising awards at the University of Minnesota.


Mark Bellcourt
February 5, 2018

Bette Drewry Bittner was one of four recipients of 2017 Distinguished Service Award from the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) during an awards ceremony at the Brazos County Expo Complex. This award is the highest given to employees. 


February 1, 2018

CFANS Agronomy and Plant Genetics Professor James Anderson, who specializes in wheat breeding and genetics, received the Honorary Premier Seedsman Award from the Minnesota Crop Improvement Association (MCIA) at its annual meeting this past January.

Jim Anderson
January 30, 2018

A group of four students from the Department of Food Science and Nutrition have been selected to compete in the 2018 National Student Savory Culinology Competition. The goal of this year's competition was to prepare a savory entree that can be sold in a Mom and Pop restaurant in Georgia, but can also be frozen and sold in the freezer section of the grocery store.

fscn team
January 26, 2018

Extension Educator Brad Carlson received the "Friend of Agriculture" award from the Minnesota Corn Growers Association at their annual meeting on January 25, 2018.


January 25, 2018

Dave Rizzo is being recognized as an Outstanding First-Year Student Advocate, calling his work a “best practice” in easing students’ transitions into college. He is among 10 people to be so recognized by the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition, based at the University of South Carolina.

Dave Rizzo graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1993 with his Ph.D in Plant Pathology. 


Dave Rizzo
January 10, 2018

Keith Wharton, a former associate dean in the College of Agriculture from the 1970s well into the 1990s passed away suddenly on January 4 at the age of 83. 

January 9, 2018

The University of Minnesota College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resouce Sciences (CFANS) Dean Brian Buhr announced today that Megan Webb, Ph.D. candidate, has accepted the position of assistant professor and Extension Specialist of the AGREETT Beef Production Systems. She will join CFANS on March 30.

December 13, 2017

CFANS recently welcomed Joseph Ballard II and Sandra Mitchell to the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Ballard serves as Coordinator for Diversity Retention and Recruitment and Mitchell as Intercultural Education Program Specialist. We had a few moments to sit down with them both and discuss their individual goals within their respective positions. Here's what they had to say: 

December 7, 2017

This November, as part of an Alumni Global Learning Adventure, 22 CFANS and CEHD alumni and friends embarked on an eleven-day excursion to Italy to learn about agricultural practices, art, and architecture, in an experience similar to that of a typical undergraduate student's study abroad trip.




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