2016 Fall DPH Students

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The world critically needs more sustainable production systems for food, fuel, fiber and landscapes.  The Doctor of Plant Health (DPH) program is a professional program that offers an exciting opportunity to those who want to be leaders and make a difference in these productions systems. Graduates from the program are in high demand... we are experiencing 100% employment upon graduation!


Salvador Ramirez II Invited to Production Agriculture Symposium

Salvador Ramirez II, middle

Salvador Ramirez II, a current DPH student, was invited to speak at the Production Agriculture Symposium February 22nd, 2017 at the University of Minnesota. Salvador’s presentation, “Biofuels or Biology, Can We Have Both?” was one of the breakout sessions offered. Additionally he presented a poster titled “Increasing Diversity of Crop Rotations Alters Soil Microbial Communities under Variable Rates of Nitrogen Fertilization”, placing 1st in the competition and receiving a cash prize. The featured topic at the symposium was “Increasing Cropping System Diversity While Maintaining Yield & Profit”.

Salvador Ramirez II

National Needs Fellowship Opportunity!

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Lee Briese receives 2016 Consultant of the Year Award

Lee Briese

Lee Briese, a current DPH student, received the 2016 Consultant of the Year award from the National Alliance of Independent Crop Consultants (NAICC) at their annual meeting in St. Louis, Jan. 18-21, 2017. There were two winners this year, Griffin Vlestra and Lee. Lee was nominated for the work he does with his farmer customers, for his continued pursuit of education, his involvement as chairman of the North Dakota board for the Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) program and his advocacy for conservation and integrated management.

Lee has given presentations to farmers, bankers and the general public in 3 states on soil conservation, herbicide resistant weed management and cover crops. He tries to encourage farmers, consultants and scientists to proactively manage farms and challenges such as weeds, insects and disease as complete ecosystems rather than as independent problems.

Lee and Dr. Hein also presented updates on the DPH program at the NAICC business meeting.