College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
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A little snow couldn’t keep AGNR’s ewes from having their lambs earlier this month! Since Monday, February 8, thirteen ram lambs and fifteen ewe lambs have been born; ushered into the world by Campus Farm Manager Crystal Caldwell and the 32 students of ANSC235, Applied Small Ruminant Parturition.
Dr. Nicole Rietzschel, postdoctoral scholar in the Hamza laboratory, has been awarded the prestigious Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) postdoctoral fellowship for 2 years of funding.
Serajus Salaheen, Ph.D. candidate in Dr. Biswas’ lab was awarded a Cosmos Scholars Grant in the amount of $3,000 for his research proposal entitled “Natural phenolic antimicrobials from berry byproducts replacing synthetic antibiotics in farm animal production.”
Equine Studies has released their 2015 Annual Report , which highlights their accomplishments and efforts over the past year in teaching, extension, and research. Learn more:
Researchers at the University of Maryland found a new method to produce fuel — not from fossils or corn, but from bacteria. Richard Kohn, an animal and avian sciences professor, along with Seon-Woo Kim, a faculty research assistant, developed a more efficient process to produce biofuels, or energy sources that come from living things.
The Faculty/Staff Cookoff was held September 29 with crowds of judges and many talented participants. Competition was fierce as each dish was an amazing creation, and every entry had its devoted fans.
Professor Iqbal Hamza was recently awarded a renewal of his NIH R01 grant titled "The Transport of Nutritional Heme in Animal Development" for $2,382,501 over 5 years.
Diamondback Fire, the first foal born in the new equine breeding program raced for the first time on September 4 in Timonium and won!
Welcome back for the Fall 2015 semester!
The Maryland 4-H Horse Judging and Hippology Contests were held on Saturday, May 30, 2015 at the University of Maryland College Park. A total of 84 youths from 11 counties participated in the Junior, Intermediate, and Senior Divisions.
The beginning of summer brought with it a new chair for the Department of Animal and Avian Sciences (ANSC). Dr. Chad Stahl took over the reins at ANSC on June 1st. Stahl most recently worked at North...
Each year Dr. Joseph Soares, Professor Emeritus, makes it possible for graduate students to travel to national scientific meetings through his generous donations. Dr. Soares believes that graduate...
Jennifer Reynolds, Coordinator of Equine-Poultry Extension Activities, was chosen as the 2015 Staff Person of the Year by the Department.
The Department’s Annual Symposium held on May 28, opened with Dr. Marianne Wessling-Resnick, Professor in the Department of Genetics and Complex Diseases at the Harvard School of Public Health,...
The Maryland 4-H Dairy Bowl Contest was held on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at the University of Maryland College Park. A total of 52 youths from 7 counties participated in the Junior, Intermediate and Senior Divisions.
Each May, the College of Agriculture & Natural Resources honors outstanding employees with the annual AGNR Faculty & Staff Excellence Awards. The 2015 awardees were recognized during the AGNR Convocation & Awards ceremony held Tuesday, May 5th at the Riggs Alumni Center.
Since the day my older brother moved into Centreville Hall his freshman year, there has been a mystery hanging over my head. There is a creature living on the campus that was as enigmatic and...
A tense scenario inside the horse barn on the University of Maryland’s Campus Farm required quick thinking and heroic actions by a group of students and faculty in the equine studies program to help save one of the newest members of the Terrapin family.
They look like any other week-old piglets squirming to nuzzle against their mother for warmth and sustenance, making soft snorting sounds as they wiggle their stubby, pink piglet tails. However, 18 piglets born recently are the result of two years of intense research by scientists in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (link is external) at the University of Maryland and represent a breakthrough in the field of genetic engineering.
Two students from the University of Maryland College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (AGNR) were selected from a competitive national pool of applicants to attend the USDA’s 2015 Agricultural...

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