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The North Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station released new crop varieties ND Bison soybean, ND Palomino pinto dry bean and ND Dylan winter rye this year. Boost and Surpass hard red spring wheat were released by the South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station, and Shelly hard red spring wheat was released by the Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station. ND Bison, ND Dylan, Boost, Surpass and Shelly were distributed for the first time by the North Dakota County Seed Increase Program, while ND Palomino was distributed to the North Dakota Dry Edible Bean Seed Growers Association.
Ashish Christopher, doctoral student in Food Safety, and Ramnarain Ramakrishna, doctoral student in Cereal Science, received awards for presentations given at the 2016 Association for the Advancement of Industrial Crops International Conference held in Rochester, NY on September 24-28, 2016.
This piece was read at Dr. Hammond’s funeral. The author wanted to remain anonymous.
Dr. James J. Hammond, NDSU flax breeder and professor in the Department of Plant Sciences, passed away on August 9, 2016. A memorial service celebrating his life was held August 15, 2016 in Fargo. He had served NDSU 47 years at the time of his death.
Maneka Malalgoda and Ramnarain Ramakrishna, Ph.D. students in the Cereal Science program in the Department of Plant Sciences, were selected as winners in the graduate student poster competition organized during the 2016 Agricultural Bioscience International Conference held in Fargo on September 18-21.
Cereal Science graduate student Maneka Malalgoda was awarded the Charles Becker Graduate Student Fellowship by the American Association of Cereal Chemists International for the 2016-2017 academic year.
The North Dakota State University Food Science Program has been re-approved for five years by the Institute of Food Technologies (IFT) Higher Education Review Board (HERB). IFT/HERB approval means that the NDSU program offers courses and degree options that meet the IFT Undergraduate Education Standards for Degrees in Food Science.
NDSU Extension Service agronomist Hans Kandel traveled to Ethiopia for two and a half weeks in July to share his technical skills and expertise with local farmers. He was able to help up to 140 producers in seven villages and also trained 15 agricultural development workers, who will follow up with the farmers who participated in the local training sessions.
On July 13, 2016 Kueh Fei Fernandez defended her Cereal Science M.S. Degree research titled "Glutograph: A Simple Rheometer to Measure Quality of Cooked Pasta". The purpose of her research was to determine whether a Glutograph is suitable equipment to analyze texture of cooked pasta, as compared to the commonly used equipment, a Texture Analyzer.
The NDSU Horticulture and Forestry Club won team and individual awards in an undergraduate competition held during the American Society for Horticultural Science annual conference in August.