“The AGREETT program has played a vital role in maintaining Minnesota’s position as a leader in agricultural innovation. The program has brought a number of talented researchers to our state while improving the infrastructure necessary to drive cutting-edge research at University of Minnesota colleges and Extension sites. Our investment in AGREETT to date is bringing us closer to our goal of long-term sustainability in agriculture.”
Executive Director, CEO
Lucas Sjostrom, Executive Director of the Minnesota Milk Producers Association, explains how AGREETT-funded economist Joleen Hadrich is helping dairy producers address profitability issues through combining animal health, production and farm financial data to help producers become more profitable and sustainable.
AGREETT faculty members Lindsay Pease and Yuxin Miao are researching strategies to help farmers manage nutrients and protect water resources. The project's goal is to maximize profits for producers while minimizing the impact on Minnesota's rivers, lakes and groundwater.
Hear about assistant professor Jake Jungers' work to make agriculture more profitable for farmers by developing new crops and cropping systems that provide high-value agricultural products that also reduce the environmental impact of agriculture. In this video, Jungers talks about his work with the new perennial grain crop Kernza®, the trademark name for the grain of an intermediate wheatgrass.
Making a difference with manure
Melissa Wilson is an Extension soil scientist and an assistant professor hired in 2017 with AGREETT funding support. She’s also a social media ace who isn’t afraid of a good manure pun. (Follow @manureprof on Twitter) Wilson fills a manure management position that was vacant for more than a decade. This story originally appeared in University of Minnesota Extension's Source magazine.
Growing the Minnesota grapes and wine industry
Annie Klodd is an Extension Educator in fruit and vegetable production funded by AGREETT. One area of focus of her work provides education and applied research to grape growers on the most effective ways to successfully grow high-quality Minnesota wine grapes in our climate. Southern Minnesota Wine Grower Alliance Executive Director Lisa Smiley explains how AGREETT helps her industry.