CFANS at the Minnesota State Fair

August 24, 2017 to September 4, 2017
9:00am to 9:00pm

With a refreshing new look and even more opportunities to engage, the CFANS wing of the Agricultural/Horticulture Building at this year’s Minnesota State Fair is a don’t-miss destination.

In addition to numerous information kiosks, the exhibit will offer a wall-sized spin on connect-the-dots, a Post-It® note board for sharing CFANS stories, and an engagement table where visitors can dive deep into conversation with experts about our path-leading programs and developments, from sustainable turf management to soil erosion mitigation.

You’ll have the chance to learn from Master Gardeners, chat with current students, and hear about incredible experiences at the new Bell Museum + Planetarium, opening in 2018 on the St. Paul campus.

Come early, because the first 50 people in the CFANS wing each morning will have a chance to get Gopher Ears, a fun accessory to wear with pride for the rest of the day.

Engagement tables

Come to our CFANS Engagement Table to meet and talk with experts in everything from bees to drones:

Thursday, August 24
1-5 p.m.
Forever Green Initiative
The Forever Green Initiative will answer your questions about their path-breaking research and development of crops that are good for you, your environment, and our economy. There will be a rainfall simulator, perennial plant species samples, including Kernza(r), and winter annual species to show how rainfall affects soil and water quality.

Friday, August 25
9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering
Find out how we’re leaders in creating solutions for a sustainable future, involving path-making developments such as the Super Sponge and turning scum into biodiesel.

Saturday, August 26
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Department of Forest Resources and Remote Sensing and Geospatial Analysis Lab
What can a drone do for our forests? Watch a drone in action in action and talk with one of our experts to find out.

Sunday, August 27
9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Department of Entomology - Frenatae 
The CFANS Frenatae is all about insects. Take a spin on the trivia wheel and learn about entomology, live insects, and other arthropods from our live insect collection and boxes of preserved specimens showing off the diversity of insects globally and in Minnesota.

Monday, August 28
9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Department of Plant Pathology
We’re dedicated to making certain we know how to grow healthy and sustainable crops. We’ll be offering hands-on activities focused on plants and the diseases that make their...and our...lives challenging.

Tuesday, August 29
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering
Find out how we’re leaders in creating solutions for a sustainable future, involving path-making developments such as the Super Sponge and turning scum into biodiesel.

Wednesday, August 30
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Phenology Network
It matters what’s going on...in your own backyard and neighborhood. Find out how phenology--the timing of biological events--helps us all understand climate change and our diverse Minnesota ecosystems.

1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Flowering Lawns and Bees - A collaboration between Department of Entomology Bee Lab, Nelson Lab, Department of Horticultural Science Turfgrass Research and Outreach Center, and Minneapolis Parks.

Learn about flowering lawns and bee diversity. View high resolution photos and collections of bees under glass to gain a close-up appreciation of bee diversity. Take a survey, get pamphlets chock-full of information, and get a seed packet to start your own flowering lawn.

Thursday, August 31
1 - 5 p.m.
Forever Green Initiative
The Forever Green Initiative will answer your questions about their path-breaking research and development of crops that are good for you, your environment, and our economy. There will be a rainfall simulator, perennial plant species samples, including Kernza(r), and winter annual species to show how rainfall affects soil and water quality.

Friday, September 1
9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Department of Horticultural Science
“Ask Us About Your Yard” is the focus of the day, with horticulture experts at hand to answer your lawn care questions and more. Grass and weed samples give you an up close view of how plants in your lawn should look. Grab fact sheets and flyers for reference at home.

Saturday, September 2
9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Department of Forest Resources and Remote Sensing and Geospatial Analysis Lab
What can a drone do for our forests? Watch a drone in action in action and talk with one of our experts to find out.

Sunday, September 3
9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Research Center and AIS Detectors
Zebra mussels. Life-sized (vinyl) carp. And more. Find out what we are doing to keep invasive species out of our precious lakes and rivers. Find out what you can do to help.

Monday, September 4
9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Research Center and AIS Detectors
Zebra mussels. Life-sized (vinyl) carp. And more. Find out what we are doing to keep invasive species out of our precious lakes and rivers. Find out what you can do to help.

Plus: Visit CFANS at the DNR Stage on Sunday, August 27. Researchers and educators from CFANS will facilitate family-friendly interactive presentations: