January 22, 2015
What impact will future climate change have on food supply? That depends in part on the extent to which variations in crop yield are attributable to variations in climate. A new report from researchers at the University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment has found that climate variability historically accounts for one-third of yield variability for maize, rice, wheat and soybeans worldwide — the equivalent of 36 million metric tons of food each year.
Driving vehicles that use electricity from renewable energy instead of gasoline could reduce the resulting deaths due to air pollution by 70 percent. This finding comes from a new life cycle analysis of conventional and alternative vehicles and their air pollution-related public health impacts, published Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
November 12, 2014
As cities and incomes increase around the world, so does consumption of refined sugars, refined fats, oils and resource- and land-intense agricultural products such as beef.
October 22, 2014
Three University of Minnesota students have been selected for the new Land O’Lakes, Inc. Global Food Challenge Emerging Leaders for Food Security fellowship, a unique yearlong internship and development program for 10 students at five universities. The fellowship is part of an effort by Land O’Lakes, Inc. to address the task of feeding more than 9 billion people by 2050.
September 11, 2014
University of Minnesota Extension and the Farm Service Agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture begin a series of free dairy education seminars this month to help farmers make decisions brought about by the 2014 Farm Bill.
August 29, 2014
University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler will make a special trip to the Minnesota State Fair on Maroon & Gold Day, Sunday, Aug. 31st. Kaler will visit, among others, the new Driven to Discover Research Building, U of M Building, 4-H Building and the U’s Center for Sustainable Building Research and Cold Climate Housing Program in the Eco Experience.
August 19, 2014
After much swishing and spitting, winners have been confirmed at the 2014 International Cold Climate Wine Competition (ICCWC), held today at the University of Minnesota’s Continuing Education Conference Center in St.
August 19, 2014
The University of Minnesota is gearing up for the 2014 Great Minnesota Get-Together, showcasing an impressive 12-day schedule of events and exhibits that highlight the U’s research and outreach.
August 14, 2014
Media note: Reporters and photographers are welcome to interview and film the judges between 11:30 and 12 noon; after that the judging area is closed to everyone but the judges. To arrange interviews outside this time frame, please contact Gordon Rouse or Gary Gardner. A list of winning entries will be available Tuesday evening.
August 11, 2014
Meeting the growing demand for food and other agricultural products is one of the most daunting challenges we face today. At the same time, clearing forests and grasslands for farming releases carbon into the atmosphere, fueling climate change, a similarly alarming and expensive problem.