February 21, 2018

High achieving freshmen students at the University of Minnesota College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) are being recognized with a $1,000 scholarship to further their studies in the areas of food, agricultural and natural resource sciences.

Norman Borlaug Science Achievement Award winners
February 13, 2018

Dr. Larry Jacobson (‘83 Ph.D. Agricultural Engineering), Bioproducts & Biosystems Engineering Professor Emeritus, has received the 2018 Environmental Steward Award from the Minnesota Pork Congress.

February 13, 2018

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced on February 9 that the University of Minnesota would continue to serve as a host institution for the North Central Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (NCR-SARE) program, directed by Beth Nelson. NIFA’s SARE program supports farmer-focused solutions that boost production, increase profitability, promote environmental stewardship, and enhance quality of life in rural communities.

February 8, 2018

Mark Bellcourt was one of four recipients of the 2018 John Tate Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising. The Tate Awards is one of the highest advising awards at the University of Minnesota.


Mark Bellcourt
February 5, 2018

Bette Drewry Bittner was one of four recipients of 2017 Distinguished Service Award from the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) during an awards ceremony at the Brazos County Expo Complex. This award is the highest given to employees. 


February 1, 2018

CFANS Agronomy and Plant Genetics Professor James Anderson, who specializes in wheat breeding and genetics, received the Honorary Premier Seedsman Award from the Minnesota Crop Improvement Association (MCIA) at its annual meeting this past January.

Jim Anderson
January 30, 2018

A group of four students from the Department of Food Science and Nutrition have been selected to compete in the 2018 National Student Savory Culinology Competition. The goal of this year's competition was to prepare a savory entree that can be sold in a Mom and Pop restaurant in Georgia, but can also be frozen and sold in the freezer section of the grocery store.

fscn team
January 26, 2018

Extension Educator Brad Carlson received the "Friend of Agriculture" award from the Minnesota Corn Growers Association at their annual meeting on January 25, 2018.


January 25, 2018

Dave Rizzo is being recognized as an Outstanding First-Year Student Advocate, calling his work a “best practice” in easing students’ transitions into college. He is among 10 people to be so recognized by the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition, based at the University of South Carolina.

Dave Rizzo graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1993 with his Ph.D in Plant Pathology. 


Dave Rizzo
January 10, 2018

Keith Wharton, a former associate dean in the College of Agriculture from the 1970s well into the 1990s passed away suddenly on January 4 at the age of 83. 



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