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College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences Strategic Initiatives. F. Abel Ponce de León, Ph.D. Senior Associate Dean , Research and Graduate Programs May 21, 2009 . CFANS Mission.

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college of food agricultural and natural resource sciences strategic initiatives

College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource SciencesStrategic Initiatives

F. Abel Ponce de León, Ph.D.Senior Associate Dean , Research and Graduate Programs

May 21, 2009

cfans mission
CFANS Mission
  • To promote interdisciplinary scholarship supporting food systems, agriculture, and natural resources.
cfans students
CFANS Students
  • 1,761 undergraduates
  • 14 majors & 22 minors
  • 700 graduate students
  • 13 graduate programs
cfans faculty staff
CFANS Faculty & Staff
  • 259 faculty
  • over 1,000 employees
cfans departments
CFANS Departments
  • 11 Departments
  • 7 Research & Outreach Centers around the state
  • Bell Museum
  • Minnesota Landscape

Arboretum

serving minnesota
Serving Minnesota
  • Cloquet Forestry Center
  • North Central Research & Outreach Center at Grand Rapids
  • Northwest Research & Outreach Center at Crookston
  • Southern Research & Outreach Center at Waseca
  • Southwest Research and Outreach Center at Lamberton
  • Rosemount Research & Outreach Center
  • West Central Research & Outreach Center at Morris
minnesota landscape arboretum
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
  • 1,047 acres of magnificent display gardens, and northern-hardy plant collections
  • Named one of the Top 10 gardens in America by USA Today.
  • Apples: Hardiness, disease resistance, storage capability
    • 27 Introductions – most famous: Regent, Fireside, Haralson, Honeycrisp, Zestar! ®, and SnowSweet®

Vision: To be the world-class northern landscape arboretum

bell museum of natural history
Bell Museum of Natural History

The mission of the Bell Museum is to advance the quest to discover, document, and understand life in its many forms and to inspire curiosity, delight, and informed stewardship of the natural world.

  • Museum's popular forum for science and culture
  • Showcases current research in a unique public venue
  • Young adult audiences
  • Informal dialogue.
sources of sponsored funding
Sources of Sponsored Funding

Other includes: Universities, Hospitals, Clinics, National Laboratories, and other non-federal government

sponsored funding
Sponsored Funding
  • NSF InfoBrief†released in March 2009 ranked the federal R&D obligations of the top 100 universities and colleges in the U.S. by total amount received, by agency for FY2007.
  • UMN 16th overall in total amount received
  • UMN has the largest amount of USDA funding of the top 25 academic institutions
  • UMN ranked third overall in USDA funding out of top 100 universities and colleges in U.S.

†Federal R&D obligations to universities and colleges totaled $25 Billion in FY2007. InfoBrief, National Science Foundation Directorate for Social, Behavorial and Economic Sciences, NSF09-313 March 2009

strategic vision
Strategic Vision

Provide extraordinary education, breakthrough research, and dynamic public engagement as we strive to be a world leader in advancing solution-driven science in food, agricultural and natural resources to improve the human condition.

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Strategic Planning

Biodiversity

Food, Health &

Ag

Systems

Bioeconomy

Global Climate &

Environmental

Change

food health and agricultural systems
Food, Health and Agricultural Systems

Vision:

Meet the food, fuel, feed and fiber needs of citizens worldwide.

Objectives:

Enhance international impact

Develop multifunctional landscapes

Interface agriculture, nutrition science and health

sustainable bio economy
Sustainable Bio-economy

Vision:

Provide rural communities with a strong economic base that results from sustainable land use practices

Objectives:

Generate ecosystem services through renewable agricultural and natural resources.

Improve quality of life for rural communities through economic development and policy change.

Exemplary education and outreach

climate and environmental change
Climate and Environmental Change

Vision:

A well-integrated response to the major issues associated with adaptation-regionally and locally

Objectives:

Determine mechanisms and extent of climate and environmental change.

Understand feedback of biophysical, social and political elements of environmental problems.

Conduct student and citizen-based research for life-long learning and action

biodiversity
Biodiversity

Vision:

Better society and benefit the natural world by producing knowledge about the planet’s biodiversity and communicating our findings.

Objectives:

Strengthen biodiversity related research through integration of existing efforts in discovery, conservation, adaptation, and management use.

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A Compelling Opportunity

Biodiversity

Food, Health &

Ag

Systems

Managing landscapes for sustainability,

diversity and productivity

Bioeconomy

Global Climate &

Environmental

Change

programmatic initiative
Programmatic Initiative
  • Managing landscapes for sustainability, diversity and productivity: Adapting to climate and environmental change
goals of programmatic initiative
Goals of Programmatic Initiative
  • Identify land for long term studies of agricultural and natural ecosystems.
  • Integrate efforts in research, teaching, extension and emerging technologies.
  • Add faculty expertise.
  • Establish a Center of Excellence in Student Engagement and Experiential Learning.
  • Facilitate faculty development program
  • Support graduate student research
  • Expand undergraduate student research opportunities.