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.
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.
From CFANS Dean Brian Buhr’s outstanding performance at the Agrilympics Milk-Off in the Moo Booth to a long list of dedicated volunteers and department presentations, CFANS offered another strong and compelling presence at the 2017 Minnesota State Fair.
For college students, the connection between coursework and a career can sometimes seem hazy. It’s hard for emerging professionals to imagine how their education will one day be relevant in staff meetings or during sales pitches. The CFANS Mentor Program was created to help ease young adults into the transition between student and professional. The program matches current CFANS students with industry professionals in their chosen career field. Through monthly meetings and a job shadow experience, students catch a glimpse into the professional world. They are given the priceless opportunity to ask questions, network, and observe careers that interest them.
Agriculture education student Harley Braun was recently selected as a national finalist for the National FFA Proficiency Award in Agricultural Education-Entrepreneurship/Placement.
After a full day of judging, the International Cold Climate Wine Competition (ICCWC) announced top awards for Best-of-Show from each competition category, Winery of the Year, and Governor’s Cup. The Governor’s Cup is chosen from the top award-winning Minnesota wines. The ninth annual event involved judges from across the industry to blind taste these cold-hardy wine varietals.