1995-2000 Seminars and Events

January 21, 1995Field TripSeed Savers Exchange and the Institute for Biodiversity
January 25, 1995Steve TaffAn Overview of Commodity Support Programs
March 9, 1995Pierre RobertPrecision Farming: Is it Sustainable?
May 22, 1995George BoodyLand Stewardship Program:The Biological, Financial and Social Monitoring of Grazing Systems Projects 
May 31, 1995Ralph Lentz and Harlen AndersonBig is Better? Two Farmers' Perspectives on Farm Size
June 28, 1995Glenn McDonaldPerspectives on Sustainable Agriculture in Australia
October 27, 1995Lucy SteinkampMarketing a Niche Product: Ewscream Ice Cream
November 9, 1995Lisa Sass ZaragozaIssues of Migrant and Seasonal Farm Workers
November 9, 1995Robert McKinnellFrogs and the Environment
February 1, 1996Tom Wegner, Hennepin County Extension EducatorFarmland Conversion in the Metro Area: Where's the Farmland Gone?
February 15, 1996George Boody, Land Stewardship ProjectHolistic Resource Management
February 29, 1996Jim BenderBook: Future Harvest
March 17, 1996Lisa GulbransonThe Ins and Outs of the Organic Certification Process
April 25, 1996Brian DeVore, Land Stewardship ProjectThe Cost of Urban Sprawl
November 21, 1996Judy Helgen and Bob McKennellFrogs and the Environment
February 5, 1997Barb Wingen and Lori PommerenkeStudent Internship Presentation: Study on Agriculture Natural Resources Management Integration in the Waseca Area, Barb Wingen, for CINRAM (Wingen) and Internship Experience on Five Family Farms in West Central Minnesota and the Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota (Pommerenke).
February 10, 1997Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin, Headwaters International, Organic Farmer from Chiapas, MexicoOrganic Coffee Growing Techniques Using Communal Lands and Techniques, and Organic Coffee Marketing
February 11, 1997Joel SalatinPastured Poultry and Saladbar Beef
February 19, 1997Mark Ritchie, Institute for Agriculture and Trade PolicyHistory of Farm Program/Conservation Interaction and Today's Agriculture Policies
March 19, 1997Peter Seim, undergraduate student, University of Minnesota, and John Westra, Graduate Student, University of Minnesota.Internship Experience at Natural Harvest CSA in Stillwater, Minnesota, and their role in a new land development(Peter Seim). Market Potential for Chemical-free, Naturally-raised Beef in Northeastern Minnesota, a Survey done for the Sustainable Farming Association of Northeastern Minnesota.
April 2, 1997Linda Noble, sustainable hog production system farmer, Kenyon, MinnesotaLinda's Happy Hogs
April 10, 1997William LockertzAmerican in the Thirties in Pictures, Songs and Words
April 15, 1997Representatives from the Land Stewardship Project, Red Cardinal Farm and other CSAs, Sustainable Farming Association, and individual farmersInternships in Sustainable Agriculture
April 16, 1997Renay Leone, Minnesota Land TrustThe Minnesota Land Trust, a discussion of its role, tools and projects, including sustainable agriculture development patterns
April 30, 1997Dr. R. Ford Denison, University of California, DavisScience and Sustainability at LTRAS, The World's Youngest 100-Year Experiment
May 7, 1997James DontjeInternship Experience at the rotational grazing dairy operation of Dave and Florence Minar, New Prague, Minnesota
May 21, 1997Lisa Sass-Zaragosa and trip participantsExperiences of Migrant Farm Workers on the South Texas/Mexico Border
June 4, 1997Amy Bacigalupo, Paul Wyman, Land Stewardship ProjectStudent Internship Presentation: A Way and a Why: Measuring Quality of Life and Relationship with Rural Community (Bacigalupo) Partnerships and Working Toward Consensus (Wymar)
October 24, 1997Photo Exhibit, Reception and Panel Discussion: Mary Doerr, Dairy Goat Farmer and Cheese Processor; Dancing Winds Farm, Linda Noble, Non-confinement Hog Production; Mary Ellen Frame, Organic Vegetable and Herb Production for Farmers' Markets; and Laurie Hougen-Eitzman, Big Woods Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) farmerGetting Down to Earth: Images of Women Farmers
November 4, 1997Eric Hoeft, Graduate Student, AgronomyStudent Internship Presentation: Flame Weeding in Chemical-Free Horticultural Systems
November 18, 1997Jean-Luc Jannink, Graduate Student, AgronomyStudent Internship Presentation: Whole Farm Planning from a Farmer's Perspective
December 2, 1997Lee DeHaan, Graduate Student, AgronomyStudent Internship Presentation: Studying Land Transfer Patterns with Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
January 13, 1998Carmen Fernholz, Endowed Chair in Agriculture Systems and organic farmerVisioning the Rural Landscape 
Attendees: 30
January 20, 1998Members of the Farmworker Action Network (FAN), a student/community group coordinated by Yectli Huerta, Jesus Bernal and Linda AlvarezMigrant Farmworkers in Sustainable Agriculture, Part I, Strawberry Worker Organizing 
Attendees: 20
January 27, 1998Members of the Farmworker Action Network (FAN), a student/community group coordinated by Yectli Huerta, Jesus Bernal and Linda AlvarezMigrant Farmworkers in Sustainable Agriculture, Part II, Strawberry Worker Organizing 
Attendees: 15
February 3, 1998Members of the Farmworker Action Network (FAN), a student/community group coordinated by Yectli Huerta, Jesus Bernal and Linda AlvarezMigrant Farmworkers in Sustainable Agriculture, Part II, Strawberry Worker Organizing 
Attendees: 15
February 10, 1998 Political Ecology and Sustainable Agriculture, Part I Liberation Ecology: Development, Sustainability and Environment in an Age of Market Triumphalism
February 10, 1998Joel Wainwright, Graduate Student, Geography and Dana Blumenthal, Graduate Student, AgronomyPolitcal Ecology and Sustainable Agriculture, Part I 
Attendees: 10
February 17, 1998Joel Wainwright, Graduate Student, Geography, and Dana Blumenthal, Graduate Student, AgronomyPolitical Ecology and Sustainable Agriculture, Part II 
Attendees: 10
February 24, 1998 Qualitative and Participatory Research for Sustainability, Part I 
Attendees: 12
March 3, 1998Pat Duncanson, Southwest Minnesota corn/beans farmer, Phil Arnold, garlic farmer in Central Minnesota, and Carl Rosen, Soil Fertility Researcher at the University of MinnesotaQualitative and Participatory Research for Sustainability, Part II 
Attendees: 18
March 10, 1998Jan Joannides from the Center for Integrated Natural Resources and Agricultural Management (CINRAM)Qualitative and Participatory Research for Sustainability, Part III
April 15, 1998Tomas Hansmeyer, Department of Soil, Water and ClimateStudent Internship Presentation: Exploring Agricultural Opportunities in Central Minnesota: A Field Tour and Discussion 
Attendees: 18
April 22, 1998Dominic D. Ackerman, Department of Forest ResourcesStudent Internship Presentation: Sips of Coffee and Shoots of Vetiver - Promoting Soil Conservation as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Costa Rica
April 29, 1998Stephanie Lundeen Environmental Education, College of Natural ResourcesStudent Internship Presentation: Sustainable Agriculture Education and Outreach in an Ecuadorian Quichua Community
May 6, 1998Ruth Dill-Macky, Department of Plant Pathology, University of MinnesotaScab and its niche in the Red River Valley
June 1, 1998Nick Jordan, concerned citizensCrisis in the Red River Valley: A dialogue with farmers and other citizens from the Valley.
October 7, 1998Betsy Barnum, Great River Earth InstituteSome Practical and Ethical Considerations of Sustainability and Deep Ecology
October 10, 1998Kathryn Gilje, IATPWorld Food Day A Live Teleconference: Food for All: Right or Goal?
October 14, 1998Emily PullinsBorders, Boundaries, Biotech, and Breeding: A conceptual overview of links made between Biotechnology and Colonialism
October 21, 1998Emily Pullins, Department of Agronomy and Plant GeneticsBorders, Boundaries, Biotech and Breeding: A conceptual overview of links made between Biotechnology and Colonialism
October 21, 1998Dr. Sharon Danes, Associate Professor, Family Social Science Department, College of Human EcologyThe Times They Are A' Changin', Minnesota Farm Women 1988-1995 
Attendees: 32
October 28, 1998Panel Discussion with Ann Brennan, Whole Foods Market, Elizabeth Archer, The Wedge Natural Food Co-Op, and Barbara Duff, Organic AllianceNatural Foods and You: Implications of Natural Food Sales in Co-ops, Publicly Owned Natural Foods, and Conventional Food Stores 
November 4, 1998Carolyn Lane, Department of Agronomy and Plant GeneticsTopical Discussion: Exploration of Possible Collaboration with Cuban Sustainable Agriculture Organizations
November 11, 1998Erin Lees, School of Public HealthStudent Internship Presentation: Surface Water and Irrigation: A Threat to Public Health?
November 18, 1998Caroline ScullyStudent Internship Presentation: Using Oxen for Market Gardening at Howell Living History Farm
December 2, 1998Jennifer Callahan, Graduate Student, PhilosophyStudent Internship Presentation: Consumption and Civic Virtue: Some Thoughts on the Moral Status of Sustainability
December 3, 1998Rose BeddingtonRural People, Rural Lives: A Slide Presentation on Lincolnshire, England.
December 9, 1998Julie Grossman, Graduate Student, Agronomy and Plant GeneticsStudent Internship Presentation: Cover Crop Use by Campesino Farmers in Honduras, Central America
January 6, 1999Film produced by BBC, contact Sheri HuerdAssault on the Male
January 13, 1999Jan O'Donnell, Executive Director, Minnesota Food Association, delegate with the Sustainable Marketing Eurotour organized by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP)Overview Marketing and Sustainable and Organic Products in Europe 
Attendees: 18
January 20, 1999Kathryn Gilje, Institute for Agriculture and Trade PolicyMarketing of Sustainable Agriculture; A Focus on Eco- and Social Labeling in the Food System 
Attendees: 25
January 20, 1999Steve LightBuilding Adaptive Capacity: The Hero's Journey
January 27, 1999Panel Discussion, MAST (Minnesota Agricultural Student Trainees) students from several different countriesAround the World in an Hour: Perspectives on Sustainable Agriculture in Other Countries 
Attendees: 8
February 3, 1999Julie Grossman, Graduate Student, Agronomy and Plant GeneticsCover Crop Use by Campesino Farmers in Honduras, Central America, Student Internship Presentation
February 10, 1999Steve HinikerStudent Internship Presentation: Making the Transition from Conventional to Sustainable Agriculture
February 10, 1999George BoodyRestoring Biodiversity and Resilience in Farming: Holistic Approaches
February 11, 1999Gary Grant, FarmerThe Struggle for Forty Acres and a Mule: Black Farmers Fight Government Discrimination 
Attendees: 60
February 17, 1999Dr. James Orf, Department of Agronomy and Plant GeneticsSeeds - One Year and Out? 
Attendees: 32
February 24, 1999Rachel GawsonCan Soil Test Phosphorus Predict Bioavailable Phosphorus in Runoff from Highly Manured Soils?
March 3, 1999Joel Wainwright, Geography, and MacArthur ScholarLands in Transition: The Political Ecology of Agriculture in Post-Apartheid South Africa and Post-'Socialist' Ethopia 
Attendees: 26
March 10, 1999Keith Wendt, Clarence Turner and Laura PreusA Systems Approach to Using Indicators and Other Tools for Natural Resource Management
March 31, 1999Paul Porter, Assistant Professor, Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics, Southwest Research and Outreach Center, LambertonThe Organic Conversion Project: Organic Research Efforts in Southwest Minnesota
April 7, 1999Joel Wainwright, MacArthur Scholar and Graduate Student, GeographySustainable Capitalist Agriculture: Is It Possible?
April 14, 1999Mark Ritchie, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP)GATT, Agricultural Trade, and the Farm Crisis
April 21, 1999Lynn Carpenter Boggs, USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS), MorrisFertilizers, Tillage and Unsustainable Microbial Activity: A Discussion of Carbon and Nitrogen Cycling in Minnesota Soils 
May 5, 1999Lori Pommeranke, Ph.D. Student, Conservation BiologyAgriculture in the Woods: Ideas from Foraging Practices of Northeastern Thai Villagers
May 12, 1999Robert Herling, Senior Student, College of Natural Resources A Survey ofSuccessful Mechanical Weed Control in Minnesota
May 19, 1999G. Edward Schuh, Professor, Hubert Humphrey Institute for Public AffairsWorld Markets and the World Bank: The Sustainability of U.S. Agricultural Exports 
Attendees: 25
May 26, 1999Jack Kloppenberg, Associate Professor, Rural Sociology, University of Wisconsin-MadisonFrom Food System to Foodshed: Eating for Sustainability in the 21st Century
July 28, 1999Leo JoostenPayments to Farmers: Tools for Transition
September 10, 1999Dr. E. Ann Clark, Associate Professor, Plant Agriculture, University of Guelph, OntarioAgriculture as a Positive Environmental Influence 
Attendees: 25
October 7, 1999Dr. Luis Garcia BarriosProblems Present in Marginal Indigenous Agricultural/Forestry Systems in the Chiapas Highlands 
Attendees: 35
October 13, 1999Kristin Corselius, AgronomyStudent Internship Presentation: Food with a Face - Building Urban and Rural Ties 
Attendees: 20
October 20, 1999Emily Pullins, AgronomyStudent Internship Presentation: Is She Sustainable?
October 27, 1999Kristen Nelson, Department of Forest Resources and Fisheries and WildlifeStruggling Toward Sustainability: Participatory Science and Sustainable Development in Mexico 
Attendees: 25
November 3, 1999Perry Aasnes, Assistant Commissioner, Minnesota Department of AgricultureFederal Dairy Policy and Its Impact on Minnesota Dairy Farmers 
Attendees: 20
November 10, 1999Tom Walsh, Intern, and Gabriela Flora, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP)Student Internship Presentation: Public Perceptions of Genomic Technology 
November 17, 1999Julie Grossman, AgronomyWhat You Should Know About Your Joe: Organic Coffee Production in Chiapas, Mexico 
Attendees: 35
November 18, 1999Jan Diek van MansfeldtChecklist for Sustainable Landscape Management
December 1, 1999Ray Kirsch and Emily Pullins, AgronomySustainable Agriculture and Biotechnology: Report from the 11th Annual NABC Conference 
Attendees: 22
December 8, 1999Kindi Harla and Brenda DeMarcoStudent Internship Presentation: Growing Up in a Garden 
Attendees: 27
December 15, 1999Phil RiceComputer Simulations of Agricultural
January 26, 2000Joel WainwrightIntroduction to the WTO and the Seattle Protests 
Attendees: 23
February 2, 2000Kristin MercerThe World Trade Organization, Part II. How Can the WTO Affect Agriculture? 
Attendees: 28
February 9, 2000Dick LevinsU.S. Farm Policy and Family Farming 
Attendees: 42
February 16, 2000Karen Lehman and Julie RistauFrom Sustainable Agriculture to Sustainable Food Systems 
Attendees: 28
February 23, 2000Jan FloraNatural Resource Management in the Northern Andes of Ecuador and in Minnesota: Advocacy Colitions and Decision Making. 
Attendees: 27
March 1, 2000Cornelia FloraFarm Community Partnerships for Sustainability 
Attendees: 24
March 3, 2000PCUNSweatshops in the Field 
Attendees: 30
March 8, 2000Paul Wymar & Amy BacigalupoFarming Sustainably: Lessons and Challenges from Farmers in Paraguay. 
Attendees: 28
March 15, 2000Carolyn CarrPatents, Agricultural Biotechnology and Public Interest at the University of Minnesota. 
Attendees: 26
March 22, 2000Gunner Liden and Perdita ButlerYouth Farm: Developing Strong Communities through Youth and Gardens 
Attendees: 12
April 5, 2000Eric StreedCan Growing Hybrid Poplar Fit in with the Sustainable Agriculture Movement? 
Attendees: 20
April 12, 2000Carmen Fernholz and William Cochrane, also panel discussionThe New Language of Farm Policy: Engaging Consumers, Labor, Environmentalists and Farmers in Shaping the Future of Food and Agricultural Systems 
Attendees: 250
April 18, 2000Cornelia Flora, Jim Ennis, Thomas Blaha, and panel discussionDemand-driven Agriculture: Value-added Labeling & Quality Assurance 
Attendees: 30
April 26, 2000Karin MatchettAn Evening of Cinema and Discussion on the WTO
April 28, 200025 individual speakersEnhanced Landscape, Human and Animal Health Symposium 
Attendees: 125
May 5, 2000Dana BlumenthalThe New Immigrant Agriculture Project: an Intern's View.
9/13WUSA Planning Mtg. (408 Hayes)Open Meeting -- Food will be provided.
9/20Ted RadcliffeBiological Control of Potato Aphids: Commercial production is more dependent upon intensive use of pesticides than any other crop grown in Minnesota. That not withstanding, control of green peach aphid, the most important potato insect pest, is only possible if its natural enemies are preserved. Across North America, recent pest management crises are forcing a rethinking of approaches to potato pest management.
9/27Nick JordanAgroecology of Mutualism Between Plants and Mycorrhizal Fungi: The development and maintenance of ecological partnerships appears to be a fundamental strategy of agroecological restoration. Mutualisms between plants and mycorrhizal fungi may provide a paradigm of such partnerships. Specifically, the fungi may serve to integrate plant biodiversity on farms into ensembles that provide important ecological benefits to farms and surrounding landscapes.
10/4Dennis JohnsonGrazing Dairy Cattle in Minnesota: A discussion focused on the challenges faced by dairy farmers in grazing dairy cattle in Minnesota.
10/11Kristin Mercer & Joel WainwrightFrom Intercropping to Innoculum Production or Pasture and Forage Research in Cuba: Kristin Mercer and Joel Wainwright will discuss their internship experience working with the Research Institute for Pastures and Forages (IIPF) in Cuba. They will be discussing their experiences at various research stations throughout the country, impressions of the use of agroecology in IIPF research, and agricultural politics in Cuba.
10/18Craig Hassel, Paul Red Elk & Sally AugerPreserving Biological and Cultural Diversity - The Dream of Wild Health Network: This seminar offers a Native American perspective of sustainable agriculture. The Network hopes to preserve culture and improve human health through gathering indigenous crop, medicinal and tobacco seeds and knowledge of their traditional uses from elders throughout the upper Midwest and southern Canada. Paul will share photographs of the plants and describe opportunities for research and student involvement.
10/25Lynn Mader"From Land to Mouth" Making the Link Between Nutrition and Sustainable Agriculture: Lynn will present on her summer internship work, with The Land Stewardship Project in the Southwest Minnesota office, and her work exploring and strengthening the connections between nutrition and sustainable agriculture in research and in practice. This will include her experience raising community awareness and support for sustainable agriculture through a local foods banquet the "Sumptuous Sustainable Supper." Additionally she will discuss her pursuit of information on nutritional and health implications of sustainable livestock systems.
11/1Ann LewandowskiClimate Change, Agriculture, and Conservation: A variety of agricultural practices contribute to the greenhouse gases that appear to be causing global climate change. In turn, changes in patterns of precipitation, temperature, and extreme weather will affect the productivity of agriculture. Agriculture is a unique industry in that it can reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere by increasing the amount of carbon stored in soil. This presentation is an introduction to the science and the politics of the issue, and the potential of agriculture to mitigate and adapt to climate change.
11/8Linda KinkelThe Use of Green Manures to Enhance Indigenous Antagonists and Control Plant Diseases: In the seminar, I will describe our research on the effects of different green manure species on the densities and antibiotic activities of indigenous pathogen antagonists in a variety of soils. I will also present data on the effects of green manures on root disease, and on the effects of antibiotic-producing soil borne antagonists on both disease and plant pathogen populations. Our goal is the development of an integrated, multiple season crop management system that targets a diverse collection of soil borne plant pathogens of both vegetable and field crops.
11/8Linda KinkelThe Use of Green Manures to Enhance Indigenous Antagonists and Control Plant Diseases: In the seminar, I will describe our research on the effects of different green manure species on the densities and antibiotic activities of indigenous pathogen antagonists in a variety of soils. I will also present data on the effects of green manures on root disease, and on the effects of antibiotic-producing soil borne antagonists on both disease and plant pathogen populations. Our goal is the development of an integrated, multiple season crop management system that targets a diverse collection of soil borne plant pathogens of both vegetable and field crops.
11/15Prescott BerghChefs Shape the Future of Food: Hundreds of food-industry professionals recently gathered at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y., for a major conference on where the food industry is heading and where they want it to go. Chefs, culinary students, teachers, farmers, gardeners, ranchers, environmentalists, community activists, marketers and consumers attended the three-day conference. Topics included genetically altered food, global influences on regional cuisines and new methods of farming, ranching and fishing that are healthier for the environment. Prescott Bergh will discuss his observations of the conference and some of its outcomes.
11/29Paul RosenblattFamily Issues in the Transition to Sustainable Agriculture: Based on intensive interviews, Family Social Science grad student Althea Dixon and I found clear but different patterns of family relationship issues and difficulties depending on whether the family took over a family farm or was entering farming from outside of farming.
12/6Student PanelMinnesota Agricultural Student Trainee (MAST) Program: MAST is an international exchange program that provides participants hands on experiences in agriculture, horticulture and agribusiness while living and working with a host family in another culture. In this seminar a group of students will talk about their experiences as participants in the MAST program.
12/13Eric RistauNative Perennial Legumes - Possibilities for Minnesota Agriculture: Minnesota has many native species of perennial legumes but we are only beginning to identify some which could have a place in our agricultural system. Illinois bundleflower and false indigo are showing promise as possible new forage crops for adventurous farmers in Western and Southeastern MN. We have established large plots at several rural sites and currently are working to identify plants with traits that will enable these species to become viable alternatives for Minnesota farmers.