Warm wishes from CFANS — I hope 2022 finds you healthy and well. While the weather remains wintry, spring semester is well underway. Our students may be bundled up as they briskly make their way to classes, but the energy they bring to our beautiful St. Paul campus is unmistakable. Despite the ongoing challenges of COVID-19, they are meeting the moment with tenacity and grace.
This issue of Impact includes a variety of stories that illustrate how CFANS is turning today’s challenges into tomorrow’s opportunities. In everything we do, we are meeting the moment with research, education and outreach, using science to find solutions that improve the world.
Frances Homans, professor and head of the Departments of Applied Economics and Agricultural Education, Communication and Marketing, discusses how CFANS is preparing students to be successful leaders, educators and communicators in the agricultural, food, and natural resources career field. This is increasingly important as we work to help people understand the interactions along the food supply chain that impact the economy and environment — and sustainability is key to both.
From developing plant proteins and protecting forests, to upcycling food waste into animal feed and creating bio-based commercial adhesives, CFANS is striving to increase sustainability and grow the economy with innovative science and new opportunities. This issue shares these stories, as well as introduces two new faculty members in the Agricultural Research, Education, Extension and Technology Transfer (AGREETT) program, and recognizes alumni in leadership roles across the globe.
As always, I thank you for your continued support. With your partnership, CFANS will continue to meet the moment as times continue to change. Together, we’re changing the world.
Dean, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences