Sujaya Rao, Ph.D., has accepted the position as head of Entomology. Professor Rao will bring to CFANS enthusiasm and passion for the position and is excited to chart the next course for the department.
Professor Rao will leave her position of IPM and Pollination Entomologist and Director of Undergraduate Research at Oregon State University (OSU), and will assume her position in CFANS on September 29, 2017.
The University of Minnesota College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) is hosting the 2017 MN Youth Institute on the St. Paul campus on Monday, May 15th. The program, which has been hosted by CFANS since 2008, engages high school students in solving local and global hunger issues. Before the event, students research a solution to a food security issue in a developing nation, submit a short paper about the solution and on May 15, more than 150 students will come to campus to present their solutions to research, business and legislative leaders in a roundtable discussion.
CFANS 2017 Undergraduate Commencement ceremony speaker Alise Sjostrom, '09, represents the enriching possibilities for a CFANS graduate as a rising star in the growing specialized food market. In July 2014, Sjostrom launched Redhead Creamery, an artisan cheese maker, located on the dairy farm where she grew up.
This year marks the 81st annual Foresters Day Celebration, 8-11 a.m., Friday, April 21. Sponsored by two undergraduate clubs, the Forestry Club and the Tree Ascension Group, the event will be held in and around Green Hall on the St Paul campus. The day starts with a free pancake breakfast cooked by Forest Resources faculty from 8-11 a.m. in the lower level of Skok Hall. Starting at 10:30 a.m., the Tree Ascension Group will offer tree climbing in the Upper Buford Circle area right outside of McNeal Hall.
Since its release in 1991, Honeycrisp has been harboring a secret: its parents are a mystery. Originally billed as the child of Macoun and Honeygold, researchers quickly discovered that neither of these varieties were the parents of Minnesota's favorite apple. Now, 26 years after its introduction, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) Applied Plant Sciences program graduate student Nick Howard has finally uncovered Honeycrisp's true lineage.
Blue and sunny skies took care of an early spring snow to make for a perfect setting on the 8th Annual Ag Awareness Day, April 11, at Northrop Outdoor Plaza. The event drew 1,500 visitors to increase awareness of the work being done by CFANS students and partners and to learn more about what goes on at the St. Paul campus's CFANS labs and classroom. Each year the Agricultural Education Club brings the world of agriculture to the middle of Minneapolis and members are responsible for coordinating the event, which includes dozens of interactive booths, many featuring live animals such as calves, pigs, llamas, sheep, and goats...all well treated.
More than 100 faculty, students, and fans of CFANS Animal Science (AS) attended the first “Connecting with U—Animal Science Showcase,” April 11 in the St. Paul Campus Cargill Building. Accomplishments by faculty, students, and alumni were celebrated during the program, highlighted by the presentation of the Golden Alumni Award to University of Kentucky Professor Merlin Lindemann, B.S. ’77 and Ph.D. ’81.
The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) is committing an additional $5 million in new funding over the next two years to its Seeds of Native Health campaign. This raises the campaign’s funding total to $10 million and represents the single-largest coordinated philanthropic effort in American history focused on improving Native American nutrition.
The Minnesota Invasive Terrestrial Plants and Pests Center (MITPPC) has awarded funding to eleven new research projects to identify and manage invasive species threats, in the continued effort to protect Minnesota agriculture and natural resources. The MITPPC is part of the University of Minnesota’s College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS). The funding for the eleven projects totals more than $4.5 million and was provided by the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund as recommended by the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR) in the 2015 legislative session.