Forest Resources Regents Professor Peter B. Reich has been elected as a member of the prestigious National Academy of Sciences (NAS) for his excellence in original scientific research. Membership in the NAS is one of the highest honors given to a scientist or engineer. Reich is one of only 84 researchers nationwide to be elected to the National Academy of Sciences this year. He and Shifman will be inducted into the Academy next spring during the National Academy of Sciences 156th Annual Meeting.
The 89th annual State FFA Convention was held April 22-24 at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, with CFANS as a home base. Nearly 3,600 high school students from across Minnesota came to campus for a program that included career development events, awards and the election of new officers for the statewide organization. A sea of blue jackets could be found on both the St. Paul and Minneapolis campuses as students participated in competitions, workshops, business sessions and tours of the campuses. Participants made key connections with agriculture and CFANS leaders.
Many of us think of earthworms as helpful garden assistants, mixing soil and providing nutrients for our plants. But forests in Minnesota and other parts of North America, where glaciers wiped out native species, are threatened by invasive European earthworms.
On April 23 at the 89th Minnesota State FFA Convention, the Minnesota FFA Alumni Association announced the FFA Hall of Fame Class of 2018. Among the eight inductees selected is Brian Buhr, dean of the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, and Ben Broberg (B.S. '50, Agricultural Education).
On this day, fifty years ago, Martin Luther King Jr.’s voice could be heard across the outdoor mall on the University of Minnesota’s St. Paul campus, proclaiming that “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” We encourage University of Minnesota alumni, friends, staff, and faculty who had the privilege of attending the 1967 rally here at the St. Paul campus to remember and reflect upon Martin Luther King Jr.’s visit—a moment that will forever hold a unique place in University of Minnesota history.
Senior Development Officer Michael McCue grew up on a small farm near Belle Plaine. Through his grandfather, father, and brother, he's gained perspective on how dramatically and quickly the farming industry is evolving. It inspired him to join CFANS. He is looking forward to working with CFANS faculty, alumni, and constituents and engaging in just those rich, rewarding interactions.
What is different in the genomes of species that allow some of them to live so long? It is only with the advent of full genomes for hundreds of species that we can begin to compare lifespans between species with differences in their genomes.
CFANS graduate Alise Sjostrom realized that her family farm couldn't sustain two or more families unless they found another way to add value - so she decided to expand into cheese making. Read more about Sjostrom's story, including her time at the University of Minnesota, her path to becoming CEO of Redhead Creamery and more.
Plants are responding in unexpected ways to increased carbon dioxide in the air, according to a twenty-year study conducted by researchers at the University of Minnesota. For the first 12 years, researchers found what they expected regarding how different types of grasses reacted to carbon dioxide. However, researchers' findings took an unanticipated turn during the last eight years of the study.