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March 23, 2018

Congratulations to Jim Boersma, recipient of the 2018 Renville County Distinguished Service Award.

Jayne & Jim Boersma with Doug Toren
March 20, 2018

During March 4-6, University of Minnesota leadership took part in the Council for Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching (CARET) meetings in Washington, D.C.

Greg Cuomo with Tom Emmer and Patrick Duncanson
March 14, 2018

A recently published study points to the role Bt corn has had in the low European corn borer (ECB) populations in Minnesota during the last 10 years. The study, in which the University of Minnesota College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resources (CFANS) collaborated, brought together 40 years of data that quantifies the “spillover” benefits of Bt corn adoption across multiple crops for the first time. 

European corn borer larva in ear tip
March 13, 2018

The Department of Animal Science announces Bruce Behrends, Ph.D. as the winner of the Golden Alumni Award — Achievement in Industry and Bradley Johnson, Ph.D. as the winner of the Golden Alumni Award — Achievement in Academia. The Golden Alumni Award recognizes one alumni from industry and one alumni from academia for their distinction in their professional lives, recognition for outstanding contributions to animal agriculture, and exceptional service to or volunteer activities in their respective fields.

March 6, 2018

The College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences is excited to announce that Michael M. Schutz, Ph.D., has accepted the position of Professor and Head in the Department of Animal Science. Professor Schutz will join CFANS on June 11, 2018.

Michael Schutz
March 1, 2018

The next advancement in intense pulsed light (IPL) technology may be coming in the form of non-thermal pasteurization. Roger Ruan, Bioproducts and Biosytems Engineering professor, is leading a research project using IPL technology to reduce harmful bacteria and other microorganisms in dry or powdered foods. 

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February 28, 2018

Sentera, a Minneapolis-based supplier of technology solutions to the agriculture industry, has signed an agreement to bring University of Minnesota-developed corn nitrogen deficiency technology to the market. The technology allows growers to more precisely match applied nitrogen fertilizer to the optimal needs of the crop. Minimizing over-application of nutrients saves money; reduces the risk of fertilizer runoff into lakes, streams and rivers; and preserves crop yield.

Corn field
February 28, 2018

Markedly higher levels of health-promoting fatty acids reported

MORRIS, MINNESOTA – In a collaborative research project including the University of Minnesota, Johns Hopkins University, Newcastle University in England, Southern Cross University in Linsmore, NSW Australia, and the Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark, researchers have found that cows fed a 100% organic grass and legume-based diet produce milk with elevated levels of omega-3 and CLA, providing a markedly healthier balance of fatty acids.  The improved fatty acid profile in grass-fed organic milk and dairy products (also known as grassmilk) brings the omega-6/omega-3 ratio to a near 1 to 1, compared to 5.7 to 1 in conventional whole milk.

Cows eating grass
February 27, 2018

In a race to prevent and control rust disease epidemics, scientists have positioned themselves to better understand how rust fungi infect crops and evolve virulence. After using the latest genome sequencing technologies to understand how rust fungi adapt to overcome resistance in crop varieties, scientists from the University of Minnesota, the USDA-ARS Cereal Disease Laboratory, the Australian National University, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and the University of Sydney are releasing results with two publications in mBio, a journal by the American Society of Microbiology.

Wheat Rust
February 27, 2018

It's official! CFANS Department of Forest Resources' undergraduate program was recently reaccredited by the Society of American Foresters (SAF). The U's forestry program is among the oldest in the country, holding continuous accreditation since 1935. While it is not a new distinction, another 10-year accreditation is a pride-worthy honor for the Department of Forest Resources!

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