With the global population expected to exceed 9 billion by 2050, the food, agricultural and natural resources community must empower youth and scientists to come together and strategize how to accomplish this feat. The Artemisia Leadership Initiative is designed to do just that.
Several events during Sept. 11-16, 2017, increased visibility and education about the importance of agriculture and food production in Minnesota. As an expansion on last year’s Ag and Food Day, CFANS highlighted the role we play through research, student education and outreach, and vital partnerships.
The Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology (FWCB) 2017 Kolshorn Lecture and Awards Ceremony, Sept. 18, honored John Magnuson, B.S. ‘56 and M.S. ‘58, with the Distinguished Alumni Award, several students, and featured Marie-Josee Fortin, Canada Research Chair in Spatial Ecology from the University of Toronto. Magnuson offered special thanks to the influence of mentor Lloyd Smith.
CFANS Dairy Cattle Judging Teams competed in the All-American Dairy Show Collegiate Dairy Cattle Judging Contest in Harrisburg, Penn., and the Accelerated Genetics/Select Sires Collegiate Dairy Cattle Judging Contest in Viroqua, Wisc., last week and placed second overall in both contests.
Becca Nash, Associate Director of the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center (MAISRC) has been appointed Director of the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR). The LCCMR oversees and distributes approximately $50 million to environmental projects annually through the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund.
CFANS hosted sixteen young women (grades 7-10) to participate in the first Gopher Girls in Agricultural STEM Scholars Program on the St. Paul campus of the University of Minnesota, August 16-17. The program enlisted researchers and professors from across the agricultural disciplines to engage participants in the wonders of agricultural science. Participants learned about plant genetics and breeding, polymer chemistry, animal science, drones in agriculture, and more.
Love trees and love people? You can learn the basics of tree care to steward your community’s trees with CFANS Tree Care Advisor Program (TCA). Sponsored by the Urban Forestry Outreach, Research and Extension (UFORE) lab in the Department of Forest Resources, TCA is a program that trains volunteers how to care for existing trees, how to selectively plant new ones, and how to engage with their community while doing so.
The North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (NCR-SARE) has announced awarding several grants to CFANS colleagues.
Tommy Van Norman joins us from Purdue University where he has worked with the Purdue Promise scholarship and support program for the past three years. While working with Purdue Promise, he has coached low-income students from Indiana throughout their college experience. He also served as a co-instructor for the pilot study abroad programs to Spain and Morocco.
There are thousands of miles between life on a farm in Minnesota and a golf course in California. But for College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) alumnus Mike Tentis ‘86, the ties that bind those two worlds together are strong.