March 2016


♦ Notes from the Department Head ♦
 

Dr. Bill DaytonWelcome to the March issue of AnSci Connection. With classes in full swing, it is a busy time of year for faculty, staff and students in the department.

Our search for a Teaching Assistant Professor specializing in animal welfare and behavior is progressing well. We have identified 3 well qualified candidates and interviews will begin in the next few weeks. We feel strongly that Animal Science students, as well as other University students, need to be better informed about animal welfare and behavior. A Teaching Assistant Professor knowledgeable in these areas will be able to accomplish this by offering specialized courses for Animal Science students and more general courses for non-Animal Science majors.

Other significant events in our future include a renovation of the Andrew Boss Laboratory of Meat Science (ABLMS) which is occupied by Animal Science and Food Science and Nutrition faculty. This building was constructed in the early 1970's and is in need of significant upgrades and repairs. The renovation will take place over the next year and will require faculty offices and laboratories to be relocated during the process. However, it will result in a significant and needed improvement to the physical facilities in ABLMS. We are looking forward to the outcome.

The Gopher Dairy Club Banquet held on Sunday, February 21, was a great success. The Gopher Dairy Club is one of the largest student clubs at the University of Minnesota and their annual banquet attracts over 200 students, parents and dairy industry professionals. It is really great to see all of these people recognizing and honoring the accomplishments of our students.

I hope the winter has gone well for everyone and you are looking forward to a productive and enjoyable spring.

Best Wishes,

Dr. William R. Dayton
Department Head


♦ Teaching Research Highlights ♦
 

Center of Educational Innovation
by Melissa Palmer

Dr. Alvin Beitz, Professor of anatomy and neuroscience in the College of Veterinary Medicine's Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, has recently been named the next director of the Center for Educational Innovation (CEI). A number of teaching faculty in our department know Professor Beitz as a CEI resource teacher and mentor to junior faculty who have participated in the Early Career Teaching Program. This month, for those unfamiliar with the CEI, I would like to provide some background information and helpful educational resources that the organization provides for teaching faculty.

The CEI was created in 2014 by Provost Karen Hansen to enrich professional growth of professors, lecturers and teaching assistants here at the University. It is a collaborative effort between the Center for Teaching and Learning and the Office of eLearning, aiding in pedagogical innovation in both the classroom and online courses and consolidating resources from the U of M Libraries, Academic Technology and Support Services, the Disability Resource Center, College of Continuing Education, the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance, the Office of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity, and the Office of Classroom Management. Specifically, for those contemplating the development of an online course, the CEI provides resources to evaluate time and cost considerations, a step-by-step development process including quality standards, and several means to evaluate your online course once it has been implemented. For those teaching campus classroom courses, tutorials for active learning classrooms and making active learning work are also systematically outlined on their website.

In addition, the CEI provides a platform for all teaching faculty throughout the University to share their ideas through their monthly seminar series called, "Innovations in Teaching Series." Don Liu, Professor of Applied Economics, will give the March seminar highlighting "Adaptive Learning in the Flipped, Hybrid Classroom" in 135B Ruttan Hall on March 25th (1:00-2:00 p.m.).

There are several other courses and programs offered by the CEI, including Preparing Future Faculty, the Teaching Assistant Workshop Series, International Teaching Assistant Program, the Program for Directors of Multiple Instructor Courses, and the Early and Mid-Career Teaching Programs and Communities. Additional resources to help assess instruction are offered, which include peer observation of teaching and early term assessment of teaching within the first 3-8 weeks of instruction. Finally, if interested, there is also a Pedagogical Innovations Journal Club which meets monthly. The next installment is on Tuesday, March 15th at 11:30 a.m. in Room 444 University Office Plaza (UOffP), and the discussion will focus on "Promoting engagement in online courses: What strategies can we learn from three highly rated MOOCS", published in 2016 in the British Journal of Educational Technology.

For more information on the CEI or resources that it provides, check out their website at http://cei.umn.edu/ or contact Melissa Palmer at melissap@umn.edu.

Teaching Highlights photo


♦ News & Announcements ♦
  

Allison BerthAllison Berth is New Animal Science Student Services Professional

Animal Science welcomed Allison Berth to the Department on February 22nd. She is our new Student Services Professional replacing Kim Reno. Allison supports graduate and undergraduate programs and Department communications efforts. She has a BA from the U of M in Sociology with a minor in Spanish, and is currently pursuing a Masters in Leadership in Student Affairs at St. Thomas University. Allison's experience includes working as a Career Services Advisor at Rasmussen College in Blaine.

Allison is originally from Green Bay, WI. She currently resides in St. Paul, MN with her partner Ryan and their dog Sam. She has a life goal to visit all of the USA National Parks. She enjoys cooking, spending time outdoors, and photography.  


Hilbrands Receives ROC Research Initiative Award

Each year, the ROCs recognize exceptional employees who contribute to innovative ideas that strengthen their research programs. This year, Adrienne Hilbrands of the West Central Research and Outreach Center (WCROC) in Morris was selected as the recipient of the ROC Research Initiative Award for 2016. Adrienne has served as an Assistant Scientist or Junior Scientist at the WCROC in the Swine Research program since May of 2003. She ensures that research project objectives are carried out, coordinates with other staff in following research protocols, conducts statistical analysis, and serves as a mentor for graduate and undergraduate students. Adrienne also is a certified ultrasound technician which enables WCROC swine researchers to monitor pork carcass composition using real-time ultrasound technology.

Above all else, Adrienne has "an incessantly positive attitude" and seeks to "figure out how to make [challenges] work," reports Dr. Lee Johnston, Director of Operations at the WCROC. Adrienne was presented with the award by Dr. Johnston on February 12, 2016.

Dr. Lee Johnston and Adrienne Hilbrands

Dr. Lee Johnston (left) presents ROC Research Initiative Award to Adrienne Hilbrands.


Ruh Awarded 1st Place at Organic Farming Conference

U of M graduate student, Kathryn Ruh, was awarded first place in the Organic Research Forum Poster Session at the 2016 Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) Conference held in La Crosse, WI, February 25-27, 2016. Her poster highlighted objectives, results and conclusions of her research on warm-season grasses (BMR sorghum sudangrass and teff grass) for incorporation into a pasture production system for organic dairy cows. Preliminary results of her research indicate that forage quality is very high in warm-season grasses and also that warm-season grasses are high in digestibility.

Kathryn is originally from Two Rivers, WI. She graduated with a BS in Dairy Science from the UW-Madison. She is currently studying dairy science at the U of M College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) under the direction of Dr. Brad Heins, Assistant Professor at the West Central Research and Outreach Center (WCROC) in Morris, MN.

Kathryn Ruh, First Place at Organic Farming Conference
Kathryn Ruh is 1st place winner in the Organic Research Forum Poster Session at MOSES.


Animal Science Scholarships Awarded

Fifteen upcoming juniors and seniors in Animal Science were awarded $1000 departmental scholarships for the 2016-2017 academic year. The scholarships were awarded based on scholastic achievement, leadership, and participation in departmental activities. These scholarships are made possible by the generosity of private donors:

  • Dr. M. E. Ensminger Scholarship - Michaela Olson, Rachel Kircher
  • Dr. Wilson G. Pond Scholarship - Rebecca Church
  • Dr. Robert Touchberry Scholarship - Ethan Dado, Johanna Knorr, Gabriella Sorg
  • Leonard Wulf Scholarship - Fredrick Mansfield, Paige Netzke
  • Dr. Robert M. Jordan Scholarship - Thomas Duff
  • Dr. Richard Goodrich Scholarship - Allison VanDerWal
  • Dr. Don Otterby Scholarship - Lisa Janak, Austin Schmitt, Mindy Rinkel, Julia Holen
  • Dr. Charles Christians Scholarship - Scott Dingels

Congratulations to all scholarship recipients!


Gopher Dairy Club Celebrated Year of Achievement

The members of the Gopher Dairy Club held their annual recognition banquet on Sunday, February 21, in the ballroom of the Ramada Plaza hotel, which is located a short distance northwest of the St. Paul campus. More than 200 people attended, including 80 of the club's 108 members. Also, many parents, alumni, industry leaders, and media representatives attended.

The featured speaker was Corey Geiger, who is the managing editor of Hoard's Dairyman magazine. Mr. Geiger spoke about the influence of "servant leaders" on his life and career and the importance of everyone to play this sort of role for the dairy industry as well as to mentor others.

The Distinguished Service Award was presented to Amy Hazel Loeschke, who is a dairy genetics scientist in the Department of Animal Science, for her years of service as the food coordinator of the annual Gopher Dairy Camp. Dr. Mike Schutz, Assistant Director of Agricultural Extension at Purdue University, was awarded the Golden Graduate Award.

The dairy cattle judging and dairy challenge teams were recognized. Also, Eric Houdek, Caledonia, MN, and Mary Liebenstein, Dundas, MN, were announced as the two seniors who will represent the U of M in the Student Recognition Program (outstanding senior) competition of National Dairy Shrine. Besides this, four graduating seniors received complimentary membership in National Dairy Shrine from an anonymous donor based on their major contributions to the Gopher Dairy Club; those seniors were Amber Johnson, Chetek, WI; Christine Reitsma, Sauk Centre, MN; Rachael Rostad, Zumbrota, MN; and Katie Schmitt, Rice, MN.

Trent Dado, Amery, WI, was recognized as the recipient of the Douglas Siem Memorial Award of $2,000 for placing 1st among the applicants for the new student awards of the Gopher Dairy Club. Thirteen other new members of the club for 2015-16 received awards of $1,500. Ethan Dado, Amery, WI, was announced as the 2016 recipient of the R. W. Touchberry Outstanding Junior in Animal Science.

The Outstanding Rookie (sophomore) was Laura Jensen, Comstock, WI, and the Outstanding Senior was Mary Liebenstein, Dundas, WI. Dane Thompson, Turtle Lake, WI, presented a slide show of the club's senior trip to California to close the program.

 Distinguished Service Award presented to Amy Loeschke   Golden Graduate Award recipient Mike Schutz
Distinguished Service Award presented to Amy Hazel Loeschke (left) by GDC secretary Rachael Rostad. Golden Graduate Award went to Dr. Mike Schutz (right) and his oral citation was presented by Dave Lawstuen.

 Trent Dado receives Douglas Siem Memorial Award Ethan Dado receives Touchberry Award Outstanding Senior Mary Liebenstein and Outstanding Rookie Laura Jensen
Douglas Siem Memorial Award presented to Trent Dado (center) by Richard and Sharon Siem.Ethan Dado received the R. W. Touchberry Outstanding Junior in Animal Science Award.Mary Liebenstein (left) was announced as the Outstanding Senior and Laura Jensen was the Outstanding Rookie.

Gopher Dairy Club Scholarship recipients
Thirteen new members received $1,500 new student awards from the Gopher Dairy Club (L-R): Lauren Hendel, Caledonia, MN; Chase DeFrang, Plainview, MN; Jax Bauer, Hayfield, MN; Morgan Krause, Buffalo, MN; Brooke Roberts, Whitelaw, WI; Kayla Leiding, Fountain, MN; Jake Borst, Rochester, MN; Alyssa Ellinghuysen, Altura, MN; Haely Leiding, Fountain, MN; Joe Ramstad, Forest Lake, MN; Jordan Agrimson, Peterson, MN; Julia Nunes, Chippewa Falls, WI; and Kyle Lawstuen, Lanesboro, MN.

Gophers Participate in Regional Meeting of Dairy Science Clubs

Forty members of the Gopher Dairy Club traveled by bus to attend the regional meeting of dairy science clubs held in Fort Wayne, IN, February 5-7, 2016. The gathering of dairy-interest undergraduate students was jointly hosted by the dairy science clubs at Purdue University and Michigan State University. Events included a business meeting, an awards banquet with a featured speaker, visits to two dairy farms, and plenty of opportunity for networking. Saturday afternoon was devoted to educational sessions of 50 minutes each, and each student attendee chose to participate in 3 of the 5 educational sessions that were offered.

The Gopher Dairy Club received recognition for yearbook (1st place), website (1st place), and senior dairy bowl team (2nd place). Also, Gabriella Sorg was elected as regional Secretary/Treasurer. Club adviser Dr. Les Hansen accompanied the students.

Gopher Dairy Club members at Regional ADSA


Gopher Dairy Club Elects New Officers for 2016-17

At their monthly meeting on February 11, 2016, the Gopher Dairy Club elected new officers for 2016-17. The officers comprise the executive committee of the club.

  • President - Lisa Janak, Northfield, MN
  • Vice President - Crystal Siemers-Peterman, Cleveland, WI
  • Treasurer - Matt Ditsch, Norwood-Young America, MN
  • Secretary - Nicole Krumrie, Litchfield, MN
  • Reporter - Annie Culbertson, Pine Island, MN
  • Officer at Large - Luke Werner, Caledonia, MN

Dr. Les Hansen continues to serve as the club's faculty adviser.

Gopher Dairy Club Officers for 2016

Pictured above are the newly elected Gopher Dairy Club Officers (L-R): Luke Werner, Lisa Janak, Crystal Siemers-Peterman, Annie Culbertson, Matt Ditsch, Nicole Krumrie.


Support the Dairy Industry - Participate in Dairy Day at the Capitol

Minnesota Milk Dairy Day at the CapitolJoin the Minnesota Milk Producers Association (MMPA) at the state capitol in St. Paul on March 16, 2016, for the annual day to advocate for our state's dairy community. Priorities for MMPA this year include the Dairy Research, Teaching and Consumer Education Center planned for the University's St. Paul Campus, as well as asking for support for next generation dairy farmers, infrastructure for rural communities and milk processors, addressing Minnesota's plant capacity issues, and safer roads, among other items.

Dairy Day at the Capitol includes:

  • Welcome and orientation outlining the day's activities and pairing veteran participants with new participants.
  • Meeting with Governor Mark Dayton (tentative).
  • Small group meetings with legislative leaders in the House and Senate.
  • House and Senate Committee Hearings.
  • An exclusive Meet and Greet Reception for MMPA members to gather with legislators and other industry stakeholders.

Dairy Day at the Capitol is free for members of Minnesota Milk. Learn more about the event and pre-register online at www.mnmilk.org/dairyday or call MMPA at 1-877-577-0741. Pre-registration is recommended to allow for time to schedule a personal visit with your legislator and have materials ready when you arrive on site.


Livestock Industry Honorees to be Recognized at MLBA Banquet

Minnesota Livestock Breeders AssociationThe annual business meeting and banquet of the Minnesota Livestock Breeders' Association (MLBA) is Thursday, March 17, 2016. The banquet starts at noon in the North Star Ballroom at the Student Center on the U of M St. Paul Campus. Tickets are $25 each. Order your tickets through MLBA's Secretary-Treasurer Steve Pooch (651-323-4210).

This year, MLBA is honoring Dave Sprengeler, a Brown Swiss breeder from Plato, MN; Vincent and Christine Maefsky, dairy goat breeders from Scandia, MN; R. James Ertl, retired Executive Secretary of Minnesota FFA from Rosemount, MN; and W. J. Kortesmaki, FFA Executive Secretary from 1947-1977. Since Mr. Kortesmaki is deceased, he was nominated under the Pioneer category. Each of these honorees are noted for their great contributions to the livestock industry in Minnesota. Their photos will be displayed in the MLBA Hall of Fame located in Haecker Hall.


CFANS First Research Resource Fair

The CFANS Research Resource Fair on March 23, 2016 (10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.) is a great opportunity for CFANS faculty, grad students, post docs, researchers and administrators to learn about campus resources that can support their research. This event provides the opportunity to meet with program officers who manage MDA, LCCMR and NC-SARE grant programs, as well as those who manage University internal grants, including Grant In Aid and Minnesota Futures to name a few. There will be about two dozen exhibitors at the event including CFANS research centers, U of M central resource agencies, and state funding agencies (see list of exhibitors at www.cfans.umn.edu/fair). Plan on attending the Research Resource Fair taking place in the Cargill Building on the U of M St. Paul Campus. No registration is required.


Science, Fun, Food & Community Building at SciSpark

What happens when more than a dozen scientists present their work in five minutes or less? To find out, attend SciSpark 2016: Women in Science on March 28, 2016 (5:00 p.m.) in the Student Center on the U of M St. Paul Campus. SciSpark is a fun, fast-paced evening of mini-lectures by researchers (all women) across three colleges (CFANS, CBS, and Vet Med). Topics range from sustainable food production to remote sensing and big data in agriculture. Food and conversation to follow. This event, hosted by CBS, CFANS and the Institute on the Environment, is free and open to the public. Space is limited. Please RSVP at z.umn.edu/scispark2016. Questions? Please contact Stephanie Xenos at sxenos@umn.edu or 612-624-8723.


Classes Without Quizzes Offers a Peek into Everyday Science

Spend the morning of Saturday, April 2 in the classroom with CFANS faculty and experts and learn about the latest, exciting research to come out of CFANS. Jay Bell, a professor and extension specialist in the Department of Soil, Water and Climate, will present the keynote, "The 3 Ms of Soils: Minnesota, the Moon and Mars", which will focus on the dynamic story of soil and its role in all of our lives.

Breakout sessions cover a wide variety of topics; learn about sustaining the walleye population on Lake Mille Lacs, the hops and brewing industry, small town food systems, microbial substances and their relation to food products, dairy industry technology, climate change in Minnesota and Lake Superior, research procedures, and plant growth techniques. See full program details.

Bring the whole family! The Kids' Edition program will provide youth K-6 the opportunity to explore the lives of bees and the honey making process, hang out with some worms, and discover the differences (up close!) between many live raptor species!

Classes Without Quizzes logo


100th Minnesota Royal - The Tradition Continues

In 2016, Minnesota Royal celebrates its 100th anniversary on the U of M St. Paul Campus. The event began as Ag Royal in 1916. The week-long tradition is held each spring to celebrate agriculture and what it contributes to the community. This year's Minnesota Royal takes place April 11-16. The week is full of events that unite students, faculty, community members, and alumni. Everyone is welcome to join in this week of student-run fun! See the Schedule of Events and be sure to follow Minnesota Royal on Facebook for updates.


Animal Science/Block & Bridle Banquet is April 16

The annual Animal Science/Block & Bridle Banquet will be held starting at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 16, 2016, in the Northstar Ballroom, Student Center on the U of M St. Paul Campus. Faculty, alumni, students and friends are all invited. More details will be provided in the April Newsletter.


Feed Energy Offers Scholarships to Ag Students

Feed Energy is an agribusiness primarily engaged in producing high-energy, liquid feed ingredients. The company produces and distributes scientifically balanced ingredients specific to their customers' needs. For the fifth consecutive year, Feed Energy is offering two $2,500 "Excellence in Ag" scholarships to students in agriculture at a college or university in the Midwest. To be eligible, students must meet specific requirements, including attending a college or university in one of the following states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota or South Dakota. They must have an agriculture-related major, be a sophomore, junior, senior or graduate student, and have a 3.0 to 4.0 GPA. The two scholarship recipients will be selected based on their resume, references and a two-page essay. Interested students can find more information and apply online at www.feedenergy.com/resource-center/for-students/. The application deadline is April 30, 2016.


New Private Vehicle Parking Policy at Fleet Services

Fleet Services has recently instituted a change in the number of private vehicles allowed to park in the Fleet Services parking lot located at 901 29th Avenue SE, Minneapolis. Because of the increased need for more lot space to store fleet vehicles and for unpredictable periods of fleet parking demand, only one parking lot hang tag per rented/leased vehicle will be issued for the purpose of parking a private vehicle while using a fleet vehicle for official University business. This change took effect on February 15.

Those picking up rental vehicles at Fleet Services who have a reciprocal University-issued parking lot hang tag for other facilities will be provided with a hang tag for parking one vehicle in Lot C66, directly across 29th Avenue from the Fleet Services building. Those who do not have a U-issued reciprocal parking hang tag must find parking at some other location or park on city streets near Fleet Services. Some spaces may be available along 27th Avenue SE behind the Fleet Service building or along Como Avenue SE where posted. Any vehicle left either in the Fleet Services parking lot or along a city street is parked at the driver's own risk; Fleet Services is not responsible for any damage or security of personal vehicles.

Any questions about this change in practice, may be directed to Lisa Raduenz, Assistant Director, Fleet and Transportation Services (612-625-8020 or radu0002@umn.edu). 


♦ Graduate Student Profile ♦
  

Myrrh-Anna KienitzMyrrh-Anna Kienitz

Myrrh-Anna Kienitz is pursuing a Master's degree in Animal Science with an emphasis in dairy management with Dr. Brad Heins. Her first research project involved group housed organic dairy calves fed once versus twice daily while comparing their growth, health, and activity. Her second research project deals with on-farm trials utilizing the CowVac as a means of organic fly control. These results will aid organic farmers in improving their pest control management plans and provide insight on group housing systems for organic dairy production.

Myrrh-Anna grew up in Lakeville, MN where her interest in animals began at her grandfather's small beef and swine farm. She received her degree in Animal Science from the U of M in three years, graduating in 2014. While in school, she enjoyed working at the Large Animal Hospital and Equine Center, interning at the Como Zoo, and being employed by the Minnesota Zoo. Myrrh-Anna was also involved with the Pre-Veterinary Club and Woman's Chorus Choir.

In her free time, Myrrh-Anna enjoys running half marathons, going on walks with her dog, singing, reading, and going to watch musicals at the theater.


♦ Congratulations ♦
  

Jim Paulson, Extension Educator in dairy, received the 2015 Outstanding Service Award from Midwest Forage Association. Jim was presented with the award at the Midwest Forage Symposium in Wisconsin Dells.

Sarah Schieck, Extension Educator in swine, was the 2015 national winner for graphics presentation at the NACAA Annual Meeting. Sarah's presentation was titled "Overview of PED Virus."

Alise (Jennissen) Sjostrom (Ag Industries & Mkt '08) and husband Lucas (AnSc '09 & '16) welcomed to their family a beautiful baby boy. Henry Lucas Sjostrom was born on March 2, 2016, weighing in at 10 lb, 4 oz (see photo). Henry is the couple's second child. Daughter Lucy is 3-1/2. The Sjostroms live in Stearns County on Alise's home farm.

Lucas Sjostrom was recently hired as Government and Policy Relations Program Manager with Midwest Dairy Association and Minnesota Milk Producers Association.


♦ Calendar of Events ♦
  

- March 2016 -

1 - Your Dairy Checkoff Meeting (Noon), Stewartville Legion, Stewartville, MN. Contact: Midwest Dairy Association.

2 - 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.

3 - Winter Dairy Series: Labor & Farm Vision (12:00-3:30 p.m.), Glencoe City Center, Glencoe, MN. Contact: Nathan Winter, 320-484-4334.

3 - Your Dairy Checkoff Meeting (noon), Pizza Ranch, Slayton, MN. Contact: Midwest Dairy Association.

3 - MAMP Pre-Convention Workshop "Bacon Basics and Beyond" (1:00), St. Joseph Meat Market, St. Joseph, MN. Contact: MAMP, 507-263-2976.

5 - Horticulture Day, Southern ROC, Waseca, MN.

14 - Winter Dairy Series: Replacement Cost Strategy to Maximize Profit (Noon), State Bank of New Prague, New Prague, MN. RSVP to: Alison Benson, 952-466-5322.

14 - Your Dairy Checkoff Meeting (7:30 p.m.), American Legion, Millville, MN. Contact: Midwest Dairy Association.

14-15 - 67th North Central Avian Disease Conference, Saint Paul RiverCentre, St. Paul, MN.

14-16 - Midwest Section ADSA ASAS Meeting, Des Moines, IA.

15 - Organic Egg Farmers of America 6th Annual Symposium (9:00 a.m.), Saint Paul RiverCentre, St. Paul, MN.

15-17 - 45th Annual Midwest Poultry Federation Convention, Saint Paul RiverCentre, St. Paul, MN.

16 - Dairy Day at the Capitol, St. Paul, MN. Pre-register here or call MMPA, 1-877-577-0741.

17 - Minnesota Livestock Breeders Association (MLBA) Annual Meeting & Banquet. Business Mtg (9:30-11:30 a.m.), 365 Haecker Hall. Banquet (Noon), North Star Ballroom, Student Center, U of M St. Paul Campus. Contact: Steve Pooch, 651-323-4210.

17 - Your Dairy Checkoff Meeting (7:30 p.m.), Branding Iron, Preston, MN. Contact: Midwest Dairy Association.

17-19 - North American Farm & Power Show, Four Seasons Centre, Owatonna, MN.

23 - CFANS Research Resource Fair (10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.), Cargill Building, U of M St. Paul Campus.

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

28 - SciSpark 2016: Women in Science, Student Center, U of M St. Paul Campus. RSVP here. Contact: Stephanie Xenos, 612-624-8723.

29 - Emerging Professionals Network (5:30-7:30 p.m.), Lakes & Legends Brewing, Minneapolis, MN. Register here.

30-31 - Grad Fest 2016, Great Hall, Coffman Memorial Union, U of M East Bank Campus.

31 - CFANS Speed Networking, North Star Ballroom, Student Center, U of M St. Paul Campus.

31 - Winter Dairy Series: Replacement Cost Strategy to Maximize Profit (10:00 a.m.), Sibley County Service Center, Gaylord, MN. Contact: Nathan Winter, 320-484-4334.

- 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.

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.

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

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 - Annual 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, Oakbrook, IL.

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.

- 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.

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 -

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.