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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
September 12, 2018

Large or small, herbivorous animals such as red deer, marmots, mice, snails and insects, play a central role in grassland ecosystems. According to a University of Minnesota study in collaboration with the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL), without these herbivores, ecosystems become unstable.

Podisma pedestris are examples of invertebrates that can be found in the Swiss National Park. Photos: Thomas Reich, WSL
September 11, 2018

The University of Minnesota announced today that it has received a three-year, $1.43 million grant from the National Science Foundation to advance machine learning techniques to better monitor global agricultural and environmental change—a practice that can help society address the challenges of adapting to a changing climate, managing land use and natural resources, and sustainably feeding a growing population.

An aerial view of a river
September 6, 2018

Welcome to the 2018-19 academic year. As I walk through campus, I am struck by your energy and sense of anticipation brought on by a new school year. No doubt, your year will be filled with tremendous opportunities and challenges, both important to shaping your future and to helping you reach your full potential.

Brian Buhr
August 30, 2018

To the more than 700 persons attending the Sustainable Development Goals Conference at Wageningen University in the Netherlands on August 30, the World Food Prize Foundation announced that Dr. Matthew Rouse, a researcher with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Plant Pathology, is the winner of the 2018 Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application, endowed by the Rockefeller Foundation.

Matthew Rouse with child in Africa

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