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Brian Buhr

Dean
Director, Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station
Professor, Department of Applied Economics
bbuhr@umn.edu

Brian Buhr is dean of the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) and director of the Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station (MAES). He is also a professor of applied economics. Buhr served as interim dean and director from August 2013 until June 2014. Prior to his interim dean appointment, Dean Buhr led the Division of Applied Economics and Agricultural Education at the University of Minnesota. He held the E. Fred Koller Chair in Agribusiness and Information Systems from 2004 – 2010. Dean Buhr has received the Outstanding Policy Contribution Award from the American Agricultural Economics Association, the University of Minnesota College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences Distinguished Teaching Award as well as the CFANS Distinguished Faculty award. He earned his Ph.D. in agricultural economics and his B.S. in animal science and agricultural business, both from Iowa State.

Frances Homans.

Frances Homans

Interim Associate Dean of Academic Programs and Faculty Affairs
Faculty Athletics Representative
Professor, Department of Applied Economics
fhomans@umn.edu

Prior to her interim associate dean appointment, Frances Homans led the Division of Applied Economics and Agricultural Education. Homans currently serves as a Faculty Athletics Representative for the University of Minnesota. She earned her Ph.D. in agricultural economics from the University of California at Davis and her B.A. in religion from Pomona College. She received the Publication of Enduring Quality Award from the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists and the Distinguished Teaching Award from CFANS.

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Greg Cuomo

Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs
Professor, Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics
cuomogj@umn.edu

Greg Cuomo is the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs in the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) at the University of Minnesota. As associate dean for research, he oversees the college’s research portfolio and collaborative relationships across the U of M and with other research organizations. He also serves as the deputy director of the Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station (MAES) and provides leadership, oversight and strategic direction for the college’s 10 Research and Outreach Centers (ROCs). Associate Dean Cuomo provides leadership and strategic direction for CFANS’ 12 graduate education programs, and extensive professional development opportunities for a diverse student body. A professor in the department of agronomy and plant genetics, Associate Dean Cuomo received a Ph.D. in agronomy/forages from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, an M.S. in range science from Texas Tech University, and a B.S. degree in range science from Texas A&M University.

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Michael Schmitt

Associate Dean of Extension
Professor, Department of Soil, Water and Climate
schmi009@umn.edu

Michael Schmitt is associate dean in the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS). He provides statewide leadership and vision for the College’s agricultural and natural resource Extension efforts. In this role, he acts as a liaison with the state’s agricultural commodity groups as well as with state agencies. Associate Dean Schmitt has been a professor in the Department of Soil, Water and Climate where he led an integrated research and education program in nutrient/nitrogen management. He earned a Ph.D. and an M.S. degree in agronomy from the University of Illinois and B.S. degrees in agronomy and soil science from the University of Minnesota.