June 25, 2018

Incoming faculty member in Agricultural Communication & Marketing, Garrett Steede, received the NACTA (North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture) Graduate Student Teaching Award in Ames, IA during their annual conference in June. 

Garrett Steede
June 25, 2018

Two new professors, Troy McKay and Garrett Steede, will begin teaching in the Agricultural Education, Communication & Marketing program this fall.

Troy McKay and Garrett Steede
June 25, 2018

Fragmentation of landscapes and habitat loss—driven by urbanization and climate change—can put wildlife species at risk of extinction. Some ecological theory suggests habitat fragmentation may be beneficial to wildlife facing disease because populations of sick animals may remain isolated from healthy populations or dispersal might allow healthy animals to escape infection from otherwise sick populations. Findings in a study recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences run counter to previous disease transmission models’ predictions—suggesting that habitat fragmentation may promote disease outbreaks in some scenarios.

Clearcut forests outside of Fort William, Scotland. Human activity can fundamentally alter habitat connectivity by reducing available habitat and by increasing the patchiness of existing habitat. Photo: Lauren White
June 22, 2018

Over the last 40 years the sustainable and organic movement has made amazing strides, with activists pushing along the way for policy reform and government programs to provide oversight and consistent standards. The struggles and experiences of these sustainability leaders are now archived through an online oral history video archive, thanks to work sponsored by the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture (MISA).

Oral History Archive Composite
June 21, 2018

Landscaping and gardening with grasses and sedges is a growing trend, providing homeowners with a low-maintenance yet aesthetically pleasing option for their yards and gardens. In an effort to make relevant information readily available to homeowners, Professor Mary Meyer and Diane Narem in the Department of Horticultural Science recently published an all encompassing guide grasses titled Gardening with Native Grasses in Cold Climates and A Guide to the Butterflies They Support.

June 20, 2018

The Stakman-Borlaug Center (SBC) and the University of Minnesota Center for Applied Phenomics (UMCAP) are pleased to welcome Dr. Atena Haghighattalab as the CFANS Phenomics Lead.

Atena H
June 13, 2018

Four CFANS graduate students were among those selected to receive Bell Museum Fellowships and Awards for the 2018-19 academic year. 

June 6, 2018

CFANS was well represented by its students in the 2018 President’s Student Leadership and Service Awards (PSLSA). 

May 24, 2018

In May, Angie Nalezny joined CFANS as the new human resources director and already is addressing faculty and staff needs through effective policy, analytics, compliance, and legal frameworks.

Angela Nalezny
May 16, 2018

Visitors to the University of Minnesota’s St. Paul campus often comment on its peaceful, park-like feel—a marked contrast to the busy urban cityscape of the Minneapolis campus just a few miles away. It’s something Jared Rubinstein noticed right away when he entered the U’s graduate program in applied plant sciences at the College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences in 2015. A native of Seattle, he also noticed an unusually high number of tree species on the St. Paul campus compared with what he saw on city streets. This led him to develop Campus Trees.

Jared Rubinstein with Campus Trees



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