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Williams Retires as North Dakota Seedstocks Director

Williams Retires as North Dakota Seedstocks Director

M. Dale Williams retired after more than 15 years of helping provide farmers in North Dakota with plentiful supplies of pure seed for the production of excellent quality crops.

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Paper Receives Weed Science Society Award

Paper Receives Weed Science Society Award

A paper co-authored by Associate Professor Greta Gramig was selected as the Outstanding Paper in Weed Science by the Weed Science Society of America. The award was presented during the annual meeting in early February.

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Zollinger Named Weed Science Society Fellow

Zollinger Named Weed Science Society Fellow

Department of Plant Sciences Professor and Extension Weed Specialist Richard Zollinger has received the Weed Science Society of America’s (WSSA) highest honor. He was named a Fellow of the society at an award ceremony held during the WSSA Annual Meeting in Tucson, Arizona in early February. The honor is presented for substantial contributions in publications, education, and program development in weed science, as well as service to the WSSA and the weed science profession.

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Laber Awarded Nursery & Greenhouse Association Scholarship

Laber Awarded Nursery & Greenhouse Association Scholarship

Horticulture senior Erik Laber received the North Dakota State University Harry Baker Memorial Scholarship during the 50th Annual Convention and Trade Show of the North Dakota Nursery and Greenhouse Association, held in Fargo January 29-31, 2017.

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Beamer Awarded Northern Plains Sustainable Agriculture Scholarship

Beamer Awarded Northern Plains Sustainable Agriculture Scholarship

Plant Sciences M.S. student Kenneth (Paul) Beamer was awarded a scholarship by the Northern Plains Sustainable Agriculture Society.

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Mike Christoffers helps students in Genetics

Loftsgard 116 Remodel Creates Flexible, Well-Used Learning Space

The remodeling of Room 116 in Loftsgard Hall is complete and the laboratory classroom has been busy since the first day of the fall 2016 semester. The classroom has ample space and state-of-the-art facilities for students in introductory Plant Sciences laboratory classes.

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Five December retirees (Nudell, Roach, Baumann, Ciernia, Gregoire

Seven Retire from Department of Plant Sciences in 2016

Seven employees who worked a combined total of 223 years in the Department of Plant Sciences retired in 2016. Theja Wijetunga, Louise Heinz, Bob Baumann, Mark Ciernia, Ron Roach, Pete Gregoire, and Bob Nudell worked in the department’s administrative office, and in the barley quality, crop physiology, forages, oat, weed science and wheat research programs.

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Shana Forster Presents Ph.D. Seminar

Shana Forster Presents Ph.D. Seminar

Shana Forster presented her Plant Sciences Ph.D. dissertation, "Agronomic Practices that Impact Grain Quality Factors of Durum Wheat", on Monday, January 9, 2017 at North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND.

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Abigail Debner Presents M.S. Seminar

Abigail Debner Presents M.S. Seminar

Abigail Debner presented her Horticulture M.S. thesis, "Hardwood Floricane Blackberry Cuttings and Primocane Blackberry Production in North Dakota", on Monday, December 19, 2016 at North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND

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Ben Cigelske Presents M.S. Seminar

Ben Cigelske Presents M.S. Seminar

Benjamin Cigelske, M.S., presented his thesis research, Soybean Response to Nitrogen and Sulfur Fertilization, on Thursday, December 22, 2016 in Loftsgard Hall at North Dakota State University.

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John Stenger Presents Ph.D. Seminar

John Stenger Presents Ph.D. Seminar

John Stenger presented his Plant Sciences Ph.D. dissertation, "Environmental Influence on Cold-Climate Grapevine (Vitis Spp.) Fall Acclimation Response and Fruit Ripening", on Friday, December 9, 2016 at North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND.

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Tsogtbayar Baasandorj Defends Ph.D. Dissertation

Tsogtbayar Baasandorj Defends Ph.D. Dissertation

Tsogtbayar Baasandorj defended his Cereal Science Ph.D. dissertation June 21, 2016 at North Dakota State University. His paper is titled “Hard Red Spring Wheat Quality Evaluation with Various Roller Mill Types and Breadmaking Methods”.

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Cassandra Hillen Defends M.S. Thesis

Cassandra Hillen Defends M.S. Thesis

Cassandra Hillen defended her Cereal Science M.S. thesis, "Sensory and Quality Attributes of Deodorized Pea Flour Used in Gluten-Free Food Products", on October 31, 2016 at North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND.

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Brittany Olson Presents M.S. Seminar

Brittany Olson Presents M.S. Seminar

Brittany Olson presented her Plant Sciences M.S. thesis, ‘Frontenac’ Response to Leaf Removal and Training Systems and a Microvinification and Deacidification Bioassay of Interspecific Hybrids (Vitis Spp.) on Friday, December 2, 2016 at North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND.

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Food Science/Food Safety Student Named University Innovation Fellow

Food Science/Food Safety Student Named University Innovation Fellow

North Dakota State University food science/food safety student David Syverson recently was named a University Innovation Fellow. He joins 169 students from 49 institutions of higher education in four countries to be selected in the latest group of University Innovation Fellows, a program that empowers student leaders to become change agents in their schools.

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Andrew Robinson

Robinson Receives Excellence in Extension/Outreach Award

Extension potato agronomist and assistant professor Andrew Robinson won the Myron & Muriel Johnson Excellence in Extension/Outreach Award at the North Dakota State University Agriculture and Extension Faculty/Staff Awards on December 8. Nine other Department of Plant Sciences employees also were nominated for awards.

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Horsley Receives Crop Science Society of America Fellow Award

Horsley Receives Crop Science Society of America Fellow Award

Richard Horsley was honored as a Fellow in the Crop Science Society of America during the annual joint meeting with the American Society of Agronomy and the Soil Science Society of America in Phoenix, Arizona in November. Horsley leads the North Dakota State University Department of Plant Sciences barley breeding and genetics research project and is the Department of Plant Sciences Head.

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Connor Hagemeyer

Horticulture Students Receive Scholarships

Horticulture students Connor Hagemeyer and Sarah Kickert were named 2016-2017 Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association Foundation Academic Award Winners. Hagemeyer will receive a scholarship co-sponsored by Gertens Greenhouses and Garden Center. Kickert will receive a scholarship co-sponsored by the Robin D. Linder Memorial Scholarship.

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Produce from research projects ready for donation

Thousands of Pounds of Produce Donated from Research Plots

Two North Dakota State University students, Jacob Kluza and Austin Espe, are responsible for growing more than 4000 pounds of fresh produce that was donated to the Emergency Food Pantry in Fargo, ND during the 2016 growing season. The vegetables donated were grown in two research projects for the Department of Plant Sciences High Value Crops Project, which is led by Dr. Harlene Hatterman-Valenti. The donations were organized through the North Dakota Department of Agriculture Hunger Free North Dakota Garden Project.

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Two Malting and Brewing Courses Held in October

Two Malting and Brewing Courses Held in October

Twenty-six people attended the Barley and Malt Quality Short Course October 3-6 and the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) and Preventive Control Qualified Individual Training October 6-7 at the Northern Crops Institute at North Dakota State University.

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