April 2016


♦ Notes from the Department Head ♦
 

Dr. Bill DaytonWelcome to the April issue of AnSci Connection. Students are back from Spring break and with the end of the semester only a few weeks away they are working hard on successfully completing classes as well as being involved in activities here on campus. The Gopher Dairy Club recently held its annual banquet and as usual it was well attended and was a great success. Additionally, MN Royal is coming up (April 11-16) and the Block and Bridle Club will be holding its annual banquet on the last day of MN Royal (April 16). Please plan to come and join in honoring students and faculty who have excelled during the past year.

Many of our faculty and students recently attended the Midwest Animal Science meetings and/or the Midwest Poultry Federation convention where they presented their research, competed in academic competitions and networked with our students, faculty and professionals. The Animal Science Department also recently hosted the Minnesota Livestock Breeders Association annual awards banquet which honors new inductees in the Livestock Breeders Hall of Fame located in Haecker Hall. This event provides a great opportunity to honor individuals who have made significant contributions to animal agriculture.

We are offering two study abroad opportunities for students during May term this year. Dr. Mike White is again offering his course entitled "Sustainable Food Systems of Italy (Florence). The main objective of this course is to examine sustainable food systems in Italy to better understand the ethical considerations of food production and consumption, the environmental impacts of food production and the socioeconomic supports necessary for such systems to develop and survive. Additionally, Dr. Melissa Palmer is offering a wildlife medicine and conservation course in Belize. This course is an intensive introduction to key topics in wildlife medicine. Students will learn medical issues and approaches, the role of the veterinarian in wildlife conservation, zoo medicine, and wildlife rescue and rehabilitation. Both of these courses have been very well received by students and we hope their success will lead to the development of additional study abroad opportunities for our students.

We are proceeding with our process to hire a Teaching Assistant Professor specializing in animal behavior and welfare. We have identified three well qualified candidates who will be interviewing in the next few weeks. Our plan is to have someone on staff and ready to offer courses for Fall Semester.

We hope you are having a good spring and we thank you for your continued interest in and support of the Department of Animal Science.

Best Wishes,

Dr. William R. Dayton
Department Head


♦ Teaching Highlights ♦
 

Innovative Media Technologies
by Melissa Palmer

The University of Minnesota’s ongoing eLearning initiative is dedicated to improving the quality and availability of educational courses. As a result of these efforts, a wide range of online courses is now being offered with a variety of innovative activities aimed at student engagement. This month, I’d like to highlight a few resources and activities that may be helpful in supplementing any online or blended course. Recently, the Center for Educational Innovation sent out five engaged learning strategies for a successful online class. These elements included:

  • Problem-oriented learning with clear and comprehensive expositions
  • Instructor accessibility and passion
  • Course resources to address participant learning needs
  • Peer interaction
  • Active learning

Focusing mainly on the last two items, peer interaction and active learning, I’d like to feature two semester-long student projects that may be incorporated into any online or hybrid course, 1) ePosters and 2) student video projects. I imagine that as we approach the end of the spring semester, some teaching faculty may already be looking ahead to implementing new curricular ideas in the fall. Hopefully this information helps in that effort!

ePosters are now becoming more prevalent at national meetings, and a growing number of undergraduates as well as graduates are able to present their data at these meeting using this newer informational platform. In fact, Marshall Stern recently featured a couple of ePosters at a recent meeting (Innovations in Education: An Animal Science Curriculum for the 21st Century, May 31-June 2, in Braselton, GA). ePosters are advantageous in that they allow the author to include hyperlinks that connect to video or supplemental data during a presentation. An example of an ePoster is shown below. Due to the prevalence of this media technology at national meetings, Drs. Marshall Stern and Sam Baidoo now teach graduate students to make ePosters in their Concepts and Developments in Animal Nutrition (ANSC 8330) course.

eposter

A student video project provides students an opportunity to dive into the primary literature, do research on a specific scientific area of interest and use media technology to report their findings to the rest of the class. Here is an example of a student video project in Animal Biotechnology (ANSC 3509): https://youtu.be/lSta2IqPgZk. Students can use a variety of movie making and video-editing software to manage these projects, including Camtasia Relay, Pinnacle Studio and Movavi for Mac. UMN Library Media Services provides guidance and resources to help students navigate through this process (https://www.lib.umn.edu/media/students). If you would like more information on both innovative teaching strategies, please contact either Marshall Stern (stern002@umn.edu) or Melissa Palmer (melissap@umn.edu).


♦ News & Announcements ♦
  

Undergraduate Student Working in Faulk Lab Receives NOAA Hollings Scholarship

Melissa DrownMelissa Drown (class of 2018, CBS), is participating in the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) in Dr. Chris Faulk's lab this semester. She recently received a very prestigious and competitive scholarship through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Melissa was appointed to the NOAA Office of Education, Class of 2016 Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship Program. This scholarship program accepts 150 out of over 500 applications per year and provides up to $9,500 in assistance for two academic years and one summer internship.

Melissa will participate in a 10-week summer internship project in 2017 working in the area of environmental science. In Faulk's lab, Melissa is working on DNA methylation analyses in bovine herds, in collaboration with Dr. Brian Crooker's lab. Dr. Faulk and others working with Melissa are extremely pleased that she has the chance to participate in this outstanding program.

Learn more about the NOAA scholarship programs.


Undergraduates with Poultry Interest Receive COE Scholarships

COE studentsCongratulations to CFANS undergraduates Michaela Olson and Elizabeth Theis on receiving Center of Excellence (COE) scholarships awarded by the Midwest Poultry Consortium.

Michaela is completing COE's 2-summer program this year and earning a Poultry Science emphasis. Tied to the 2015 COE classes, Michaela completed an Ag Forte-Willmar Poultry Company veterinarian shadow internship. She currently works in the U of M Turkey Nutrition Laboratory and is a member of the U of M Gopher Poultry Science Club. (Michaela is shown in the photo with COE classmates of Avian Physiology, 2015.)

Elizabeth will be starting her COE experience this year. She ran a small poultry business from her home raising layer hens and broiler chickens. Elizabeth also is a member of the U of M Gopher Poultry Science Club.


Nelson Scholarship Awarded to Fehrman & Nelson

Animal Science graduate students Christina Fehrman and Megan Nelson were named recipients of the Nelson Scholarship at the 2016 MAMP Annual Convention held in St. Cloud, MN in March. The Nelson Scholarship was established in honor of Pete Nelson who served as Supervisor of the Andrew Boss Laboratory of Meat Science at the U of M from 2007 to 2013. MAMP offers two scholarships to students currently enrolled as either an undergraduate or graduate student at the U of M in the Department of Animal Science or the Department of Food Science and Nutrition.

Christina FehrmanChristina Fehrman took an interest in meat science through the RTR FFA Meat Judging Team which she participated in for 3 years. During college at SDSU, she served as a judge on the 2013 SDSU Meat Judging Team, and competed on the SDSU Quiz Bowl Team for 3 years. Christina took all of the undergraduate and graduate level meat science classes that were offered while also working 20 to 30 hours every week at the meat lab learning technical skills. Currently Christina is a graduate student at the U of M in the Department of Animal Science. Her research project evaluates how backgrounding diets in beef cattle can affect meat quality. In addition to her research and coursework, Christina has guest lectured for animal science classes and assisted in meat science extension programs. Additionally, she started a meat science quiz bowl team for undergraduates to have an opportunity to learn more about meat science. Christina plans to graduate with a Master's degree this summer, and then will be returning to SDSU to pursue a Ph.D. in meat science.

Megan NelsonMegan Nelson's love of animals and science led her to enroll at UW-Madison as an Animal Science major. While a student at Wisconsin, she was a member of the Meat Animal Evaluation Team and served as president of the Association of Women in Agriculture, Secretary of Saddle and Sirloin, and activities co-chair of the Pre-Vet Club. Megan was also a member of the 1st place undergraduate team during the 2010 Intercollegiate Animal Welfare Judging and Assessment Contest. Additionally, her undergraduate research was in Endocrinology and Reproductive Physiology within the UW Dairy Science Department. Megan is now pursuing an M.S. in Animal Science with an emphasis in Meat Science at the U of M. She is currently in the second year of her thesis project focusing on the impact of reduced-fat distillers grains with solubles on carcass characteristics and fresh and processed beef quality. As a graduate research assistant, she has helped with various meat science extension programs. In the future, Megan would like to be employed as an Extension Specialist while completing a Ph.D. program.

Christina Fehrman and Megan Nelson      
2016 Nelson Scholarship winners Megan Nelson (left) and Christina Fehrman.


MMPA to Award 10 Scholarships

Minnesota MilkMinnesota Milk Producers Association (MMPA) will be awarding ten $1,000 scholarships to students continuing their education within the dairy industry. At least two of the ten scholarships will be awarded to students attending a 2-year program. To apply, students must meet all criteria and submit all application materials to MMPA. Visit the MMPA website for a listing of criteria and additional information. The deadline to apply is Monday, June 20, 2016. Please call MMPA toll-free at 1-877-577-0741 or send email to mmpa@mnmilk.org with any questions.


U of M Participation in Midwest ASAS/ADSA Meetings

The annual Midwest ASAS/ADSA Meetings were held March 12-16, 2016 in Des Moines, IA. Several faculty and graduate students from the U of M participated in the meetings.

  • Christina Fehrman (M.S. student) presented a poster in the Growth, Development, Muscle Biology, and Meat Science poster session. Christina's poster was titled "Effects of feeding calcium hydroxide treated corn stover during backgrounding on carcass characteristics and beef quality". Co-authors: E. Mousel, A. DiCostanzo, and R.B. Cox. Dr. Ryan Cox is Christina's advisor.  
     
  • Marta Ferrandis Vila (M.S. student) presented a poster in the Nonruminant Nutrition poster session. Her poster was titled "High inclusion of distillers dried grains with solubles as a dietary fiber source reduces cytokine levels in growing-finishing pigs". Co-authors: Z. Huang, P.E. Urriola, G.C. Shurson, and M. Saqui-Salces. Dr. Milena Saqui-Salces is Marta's advisor.
     
  • Dr. Brad Heins gave a presentation at the Extension Dairy Symposium, titled "Organic pasture versus conventional dairying – Is there a difference in sustainability".
     
  • Tyler Johnson competed in the M.S. Graduate Student Oral Competition. His presentation was titled "Gross return to corn acres through cattle feeding as influenced by choice of harvest endpoint". Co-authors: A. Hohertz and A. DiCostanzo. Tyler is advised by Dr. Alfredo DiCostanzo.
     
  • Nicole Kenney-Rambo (U of M Extension Educator and Ph.D. student) gave a presentation in the Feed Additives section of the Ruminant Nutrition session titled "An initial look at the nutrient requirements of heavy finishing steers". Dr. Alfredo DiCostanzo was a co-author and also serves as Nicole's advisor. 
     
  • Haley Larson competed in the Ph.D. Graduate Student Poster Competition. Her poster was titled "Characterization of nutrient content, yield, and gross return to cattle feeding at three corn crop endpoints". Co-authors: A.A. Hohertz, M. Lostetter, and A. DiCostanzo. Haley's advisors are Drs. Alfredo DiCostanzo and Marshall Stern.
     
  • Dr. Yuzhi Li presented "Understanding tail biters and victimized pigs during outbreaks of tail biting" in the Nonruminant session on Animal Behavior, Housing and Well-being. Co-authors: J. Anderson, A. Holten, A.M. Hilbrands, J. Holen, and L.J. Johnston.
     
  • Megan Nelson (M.S. student) presented a poster in the Growth, Development, Muscle Biology, and Meat Science poster session. Her poster was titled "Effects of reduced-fat modified distillers grains with solubles in finishing diets of feedlot steers on carcass characteristics, fresh and processed beef quality". Co-authors: C. Fehrman, A.A. Hohertz, A. DiCostanzo, and R.B. Cox. Megan's advisor is Dr. Ryan Cox.
     
  • Katie Nenn competed in the M.S. Graduate Student Poster Competition. The title of her poster was "Improving the feeding value of corn stover to enhance cattle performance in a backgrounding phase". Co-authors: P.H.V. Carvalho, E. Mousel, G.A. Bridges, S.L. Bird, T.L. Felix, and A. DiCostanzo. Dr. Alfredo DiCostanzo is Katie's advisor.
     
  • Jim Salfer, Extension Dairy Educator, presented "Key factors affecting automated milking system performance" at the Extension Dairy Symposium. Dr. Marcia Endres was a co-author.
     
  • Dr. Milena Saqui-Salces gave an invited presentation at the Nonruminant Nutrition Symposium titled "Impact of different high fiber diets on intestinal cell proliferation and differentiation in finishing pigs". Co-authors: Z. Huang, P.E. Urriola, and G.C. Shurson.
     
  • Michaela Trudeau (M.S. student) was elected to the Midwest ASAS Board as Graduate Student Director for 2016-2017. She began her duties on the Board during the 2016 Midwest ASAS/ADSA Annual Meeting. Mickie is advised by Drs. Jerry Shurson and Pedro Urriola.
     
  • Lei Wang, Department of Food Science and Nutrition, participated in the Ph.D. Oral Competition. His abstract was titled "Effects of heat stress and zinc supplementation on the lipidome of growing pigs". Co-authors: P.E. Urriola, Z. Luo, Z.J. Rambo, M.E. Wilson, J.L. Torrison, G.C. Shurson, and C. Chen. Lei is advised by Dr. Chi Chen.
     
  • Zhikai Zeng, Postdoctoral Associate in Animal Science, presented "Prediction of the concentration of standardized ileal digestible (SID) amino acids among sources of distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) for growing pigs: A meta-analysis" in the Grow/Finish section of the Nonruminant Nutrition session. Co-authors: G.C. Shurson and P.E. Urriola.

Students Represent U of M at Midwest Dairy Challenge

The U of M was well-represented at the 12th annual Midwest Dairy Challenge® held February 17-19, 2016 in Platteville, WI. The event was hosted by University of Wisconsin-Platteville and Southwest Technical College, with 80 student participants from 19 collegiate dairy programs in Midwestern states. Participants from the U of M included CFANS students Eric Houdek, Johanna Knorr, Andrew Krause, Maddie Oskey, and Wyatt Smith. Dr. Marcia Endres coached the team.

Dairy Challenge is an innovative dairy analysis competition developed by industry and university professionals, which exposes students to opportunities in a vibrant dairy industry. Working in 4- or 5-person, mixed-university teams, students at the Midwest Dairy Challenge assessed all aspects of a working dairy farm and presented recommendations for improvement to a panel of judges and participating farm families.

Each team developed a farm analysis with recommendations for nutrition, reproduction, milking procedures, animal health, housing and financial management. The ultimate goal of providing recommendations is to help improve farm performance and operation profitability.

Team members presented recommendations and then fielded questions from a panel of judges. These official judges included dairy producers and industry experts in dairy finances, reproduction/genetics, nutrition and animal health. Presentations were evaluated for accuracy of analysis and recommendations, with awards presented at the end of the day.

Johanna was a member of the team that placed 1st and Maddie with the team that placed 2nd on Farm 1 division. Wyatt was a member of the team that placed 1st in Farm 2 division. All five students gave a very professional presentation. Congratulations!

Our students described the contest as an excellent learning and networking opportunity. We thank all the industry sponsors that make the Dairy Challenge possible.

North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge was established as a management contest to incorporate all phases of a dairy business. Its mission is to facilitate education, communication and an exchange of ideas among students, agribusiness, dairy producers and universities that enhances the development of the dairy industry and its leaders. In its 14-year history, Dairy Challenge has helped train over 5000 students through one national and four regional contests and more recently the Dairy Academy conducted annually. NAIDC is supported through generous donations by more than 140 agribusinesses and dairy producers, and coordinated by a volunteer board of directors. Dr. Marcia Endres served on the board of directors from 2009 to 2015.

Midwest Dairy Challenge Team

Midwest Dairy Challenge Team Members from U of M
Front row (L-R): Johanna Knorr, coach Marcia Endres, and Maddie Oskey; Back row (L-R): Wyatt Smith, Eric Houdek and Andrew Krause.


Schieck Visits Vietnam

Sarah Schieck, U of M Swine Extension Educator, traveled to Vietnam with the Minnesota Agriculture and Rural Leadership (MARL) Program from February 19 to March 2. Sarah participated in this once in a lifetime international travel experience as a member MARL Class VIII. Read all about the sites Sarah visited with the group here.

MARL is a leadership development program for active and engaged adult agriculture and rural leaders offered in partnership through U of M Extension and Southwest Minnesota State University. MARL's dynamic 2-year educational experience features nine 3-day in-state seminars, a 6-day national study seminar and a 10- to 14-day international study seminar. Learn more about MARL.


CFANS Commencement!

GraduationCommencement is the celebration of years of hard work for students and a wonderful opportunity to celebrate with them! CFANS has two commencement ceremonies coming up in May:

CFANS has made arrangements for an outstanding speaker at each commencement ceremony. Mary Wagner, global senior vice president at Starbucks, will speak at the second annual CFANS Graduate Commencement ceremony. Undergraduate commencement will feature Mehmood Kahn, vice chairman and chief scientific officer for Global Research and Development of PepsiCo.

Volunteers needed for Undergraduate Commencement!

Please consider volunteering for CFANS Undergraduate Commencement on May 13th. Volunteers are needed for a variety of activities such as student registration and lineup, faculty lineup, taking photos, etc. Most volunteers will need to arrive by 5:30 p.m.; a few positions will need to arrive by 5:00 p.m.

CFANS is using VolunteerSpot (the leading online signup and reminder tool) to organize Commencement volunteers. Please sign up for CFANS Commencement 2016 - here's how it works in 3 easy steps:

  1. Click this link to go to the invitation page on VolunteerSpot: http://vols.pt/KZSPe6
  2. Enter your email address (you will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot)
  3. Sign up! Choose your spots - VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!
    Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact Michelle Overtoom at overt012@umn.edu to sign you up manually.

Register Now for Minnesota Dairy Health Conference

Minnesota Dairy Health ConferenceThe Minnesota Dairy Health Conference is May 18-20, 2016 at the Crowne Plaza Suites MSP Airport - Mall of America in Bloomington, MN. This conference is an annual, world-class continuing education opportunity for people in the dairy industry. It provides participants with the latest developments in dairy production science, health, management, and food quality. Please visit the conference website for program agenda and other details. Register online today!


Endres, Heins & Paulson to Speak at Four-State Dairy Nutrition & Management Conference

4-State Extension imageThe Four-State Dairy Nutrition and Management Conference presents the latest research on issues concerning the dairy industry such as feed efficiency, calves, and transition cows. The conference is co-sponsored by the Extension services of Iowa State University, University of Illinois, University of Minnesota, and University of Wisconsin. This year's conference will be held June 15-16, 2016 at the Grand River Center in Dubuque, IA.

Over 20 speakers from academia and industry will present at the conference. Drs. Marcia Endres and Brad Heins (U of M Department of Animal Science faculty), and Jim Paulson (U of M Extension Dairy Educator) are among this year's distinguished speakers. On Wednesday, June 15, Marcia is presenting "Automated calf feeders: What makes them work?" and Brad is presenting "Forage quality of two different pasture systems incorporating warm and cool season forages for grazing organic dairy cattle". Jim's presentation on Thursday, June 16, is titled "Forage value of cover crops".

The program includes:

  • Pre-conference Symposium (Wednesday, 8:00 a.m.), sponsored by Diamond V, followed by lunch and time to visit exhibitors.
  • Three 40-minute talks in the General Session "Nutrition to Improve Performance and Cow Health" (Wednesday, 1:30 p.m.) followed by breakout sessions.
  • Breakfast (Thursday, 7:00 a.m.), sponsored by DuPont Pioneer.
  • General Session "Nutrition to Improve Reproductive Performance" (Thursday, 8:30 a.m.) followed by breakout sessions.
  • Post-conference Symposium (Thursday, 12:50 p.m.), sponsored by Balchem.

See the full program.

The cost of the conference is $150 before June 1 and $175 after June 1 or at the door. Questions about registration may be directed to Wisconsin Agri-Business Association (WABA) at 608-223-1111.


Minnesota Nutrition Conference - Save the Date!

Save the date for the 77th Minnesota Nutrition Conference on Wednesday and Thursday, September 21-22, 2016 at Mystic Lake Casino Hotel in Prior Lake, MN. This conference is the upper Midwest's premier event for professionals in the livestock nutrition and feed industry as well as academia. The conference delivers leading-edge, research-based knowledge to advance sustainable production of beef, dairy, equine, poultry and swine.

The conference planning committee has been busy working on topics and speakers. More information will be announced in the coming weeks as the program begins to take shape. Watch for updates via email or visit the conference website. Registration is expected to open this spring.

The 2016 conference includes:

  • Pre-conference Symposium "Amino Acid Nutrition in Today's Environment" (Wednesday morning and includes lunch), sponsored by Evonik.
  • General Session Presentations (Wednesday afternoon).
  • Welcome Reception (Wednesday evening), sponsored by Alltech. A great opportunity to network and discuss the day's topics!
  • Ruminant, Non-Ruminant and Equine sessions running concurrently (Thursday).

Details to be announced in the coming weeks via email and on the conference website.

Consider becoming a sponsor! Information about the various sponsorship opportunities is available online.

Minnesota Nutrition Conference


♦ Graduate Student Profile ♦
  

Katie Nenn

Katie NennKatie Nenn is pursuing a Master's degree in Animal Science with an emphasis in feedlot nutrition with Dr. Alfredo DiCostanzo. Her first research project was about improving the feeding value of corn stover to enhance cattle performance in a backgrounding phase. Her second research project looked at the influence of a dry or a liquid supplement on a dry rolled corn-based diet. Her last and final research project was a comparison of bale feeder types on forage waste by beef cows. These results will aid beef cattle producers in reducing feed costs, improving selection of feed supplements, and overall beef cattle management.

Katie grew up in Wyoming, MN where her interest in animals began with her first horse, and then participating in FFA and livestock judging. Katie received her degree in Animal Science from the U of M, Crookston in 2014. While in school, she enjoyed working as a TA for animal nutrition courses, interning at a mixed animal practice, and being employed by the Minnesota Racing Commission. Katie was also involved with the Pre-Veterinary Club, Rodeo Club, and served two years as a Student Orientation Staff Leader.

In her free time, Katie enjoys riding horses, working cattle, running, snowboarding, and traveling.


♦ Congratulations ♦
  

Zhaohui Luo successfully completed his M.S. defense on February 11, 2016. The title of his thesis was "Role of Dietary Factors on Nutrient Excretion and Manure Characteristics of Growing Pigs". His new position is Swine Marketing Coordinator at Alltech in Beijing, China. His advisors were Drs. Jerry Shurson, Pedro Urriola, and Milena Saqui-Salces, and his committee members were Dr. Bo Hu (BBE) and Dr. Brian Kerr (USDA-ARS, Ames, IA).

Don Buhl, Mark Davis, and Marla Spivak were 2016 recipients of the Siehl Prize for Excellent in Agriculture. Pork producer Don Buhl is the laureate for production agriculture. He's been a leader in state and national pork organizations over the past three decades. Mark Davis, former CEO of Davisco Foods International, is the winner for agribusiness. He started as a milk truck driver for his family's creamery and led its expansion into a multinational company known for its innovations in the dairy industry. Marla Spivak is the laureate in the knowledge category. Thanks to her leadership, a new bee and pollinator center will open on the U of M St. Paul Campus this year. Learn more about the Siehl Prize recipients.


♦ Calendar of Events ♦
  

- April 2016 -

1 - Career Networking Event for grad students, post-doctoral researchers, alumni (9:00 a.m.-Noon), McNamara Alumni Center, U of M East Bank Campus.

2 - 15th Annual Classes Without Quizzes, U of M St. Paul Campus.

6 - PQA Plus (9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.) / TQA Plus (1:00-4:00 p.m.), Morrison County Government Ctr, Little Falls, MN. Pre-registration is recommended. Send email to colleen@mnpork.com or call 1-800-537-7675.

8 - WUSA Seminar: Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship Program (Bonnie Haugen), 306 Borlaug Hall, U of M St. Paul Campus.

9 - 2016 BBQ Spring Training Workshop, Andrew Boss Lab of Meat Science, U of M St. Paul Campus. Register here or contact John Scharffbillig, 651-295-7165.

11 - Winter Dairy Series: Impact of Soil Fertility on Forage Quality (Noon), UM Extension-Scott County, Jordan, MN. RSVP to Alison Benson, 952-466-5322.

11-16 - 100th Minnesota Royal, U of M St. Paul Campus.

12 - CFANS Spirit Day, North Star Ballroom, U of M St. Paul Campus.

15 - WUSA Seminar: Organic Dairy Production Research (Brad Heins), 306 Borlaug Hall, U of M St. Paul Campus.

16 - Block & Bridle and Animal Science Student Recognition Banquet (5:00 p.m.), North Star Ballroom, U of M St. Paul Campus Student Center.

17 - Block & Bridle Pig Sale (11:00 a.m.), Livestock Arena, U of M St. Paul Campus.

20 - PQA Plus (9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.) / TQA Plus (1:00-4:00 p.m.), Regional Extension Office, Worthington, MN. Pre-registration is recommended. Send email to colleen@mnpork.com or call 1-800-537-7675.

20 - Borealis Night of Excellence (5:30 p.m.), North Star Ballroom, Student Center, U of M St. Paul Campus.

24-26 - Minnesota State FFA Convention, U of M. Contacts: Kari Schwab, 612-624-6256 or Mary Buschette, 612-624-1745.

24-27 - 2nd International Conference on One Medicine One Science (iCOMOS), Commons Hotel, U of M East Bank Campus. Contact: Marie Villano, 612-624-4972.

- May 2016 -

1-4 ADSA Large Dairy Herd Management Conference, Oak Brook, IL.

6 - CFANS Graduate Commencement (1:00 p.m.), North Star Ballroom, U of M St. Paul Campus. Register online here.

13 - CFANS Undergraduate Commencement (7:00 p.m.), Northrop Memorial Auditorium, U of M East Bank Campus.

14 - Spring Semester Ends.

18 - PQA Plus (9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.) / TQA Plus (1:00-4:00 p.m.), McLeod County Fairgrounds, Commercial Bldg, Hutchinson, MN. Pre-registration is recommended. Send email to colleen@mnpork.com or call 1-800-537-7675.

18-19 - 20th Annual Distillers Grains Symposium, St. Louis, MO.

18-20 - 2016 Minnesota Dairy Health Conference, Crowne Plaza Suites MSP Airport-Mall of America.

24 - U of M Night at Target Field (7:15-10:15 p.m.).

26 - Siehl Prize Ceremony, McNamara Alumni Center, U of M East Bank Campus.

- June 2016 -

8-10 - World Pork Expo, Iowa State Fairgrounds, Des Moines, IA.

15 - PQA Plus (9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.) / TQA Plus (1:00-4:00 p.m.), Minnesota Pork Board Office, Mankato, MN. Pre-registration is recommended. Send email to colleen@mnpork.com or call 1-800-537-7675.

15-16 - Four-State Dairy Nutrition & Management Conference, Grand River Center, Dubuque, IA.

21 - Agronomy Field Tour, Southern ROC, Waseca, MN.

12 - PQA Plus Night Class *PQA ONLY* (6:00-9:00 p.m.), Minnesota Pork Board Office, Mankato, MN. Pre-registration is recommended. Send email to colleen@mnpork.com or call 1-800-537-7675.

- July 2016 -

2-9 - American Dairy Goat Assoc (ADGA) National Show, Harrisburg, PA.

19 - ADSA ASAS Joint Annual Meetings, Salt Lake City, UT.

20 - PQA Plus (9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.) / TQA Plus (1:00-4:00 p.m.), AmericInn, Marshall, MN. Pre-registration is recommended. Send email to colleen@mnpork.com or call 1-800-537-7675.

- September 2016 -

21-22 - 77th Minnesota Nutrition Conference, Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, Prior Lake, MN.

- October 2016 -

25-30 - American Dairy Goat Assoc (ADGA) Convention, Austin, TX.