With 3 full days under their belts, Class IX traveled to the University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus. The class was welcomed by Dr. Beverly Durgan, Dean – University of Minnesota Extension, and Dr. Michael Schmitt, Associate Dean for the College of Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resources.
Dr. Robert Stupar shared his soybean research and the exciting advancements in genomics. New technologies in plant breeding are emerging and the University is poised to develop and deliver the next generation of plant genetics.
A legend in the field climatology, Dr. Mark Seeley gave an empowering presentation that encouraged everyone to prepare for future shifts in Minnesota’s climate. Very little can rival weather for its significant impact on agriculture. Understanding tomorrow’s weather patterns is critical to planning for tomorrow’s agricultural systems.
As a lead up to the lunch hour, Class IX had the opportunity view the dissection of diseased animal carcasses in a tour of the Veterinary Diagnostic Lab. The University’s Lab is one of the best in country and vital to diagnosing health issues in animals. Fast and accurate diagnostics is important for both human and animal welfare. Lab photos by University of Minnesota Extension
Lisa Gjersvik is thanking Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory director Jerry Torrison, who provided the tour.
Submitted by Jason Garms, Class IX