CFANS sees what others can't.  And when it comes to dairy production, we see a marriage of high energy going in and high energy going out.  Researchers at the West Central Research and Outreach Center are establishing a model "net-zero" energy dairy parlor where the same amount of energy consumed is also produced on-site through wind and solar power generation. The technology could help Minnesota dairies meet consumers' desire for more sustainably produced foods.

U.S. ethanol plants have been extracting distillers corn oil during the production of ethanol coproducts leading to highly variable oil and nutrient content in distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS). This practice has prompted animal nutritionists to investigate the metabolizable energy (ME) content and net energy (NE) content in DDGS, which is used as an energy source in swine diets.

Locally produced strawberries in September and October are becoming more likely thanks to work being done at the West Central Research and Outreach Center. Researchers have completed their third year of a study looking at best practices for growing day-neutral strawberries.

Maroon & Gold Awards are presented annually through the University of Minnesota Communicators Forum whose work best embodies the University's core values.  Steve Poppe and Esther Jordan, along with a host of other collaborators, were awarded with the Maroon Award for their contributions to "Cold Climate Strawberry Farming", a free eBook.  


February 5, 2016

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