Outreach

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As a part of our land grant mission, BBE faculty, staff and students engage in outreach activities with stakeholders, Minnesota citizens, educators, public and others. Some of these activities are formal, while others are more casual. For more information, please contact us at bbe@umn.edu or 612-625-5200.

For additional outreach programs for young people of all ages, check out the College of Science and Engineering K-12 Outreach page and the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences Outreach page.

Agriculture and Natural Resource – Biosystems

  • Water Use BMP's (Best Management Practices) for farmers, agribusiness, SWCDs, state and federal agencies
  • Water Conservation Alternatives: Hands-on workshops throughout the region to help agricultural producers, consultants, engineers, local decision makers, and conservation staff both understand, and make prudent choices among conservation alternatives.
  • Water conservation implementation: Web-based and smartphone apps to help agricultural producers and professionals break through the "geek barrier" of conservation implementation.
  • On-farm Food Safety Plans in preparation for GAPs audits
  • Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center
  • Pollution Mitigation Program – Agricultural P balance calculator
  • Watershed management
  • Stream restoration
  • Future Farmers of America (FFA)

Bioproducts and Renewable Energy

Environment, Ecology and Sustainability

  • Stormwater Management and Erosion Control for construction companies, contractors, industrial sites, cities and municipalities. We offer a Certification program that is required by MnDOT.
  • Stormwater management using low-impact development
  • Nutrient removal and management from street sweeping in municipalities
  • Pollution Mitigation Program – Agricultural P balance calculator
  • Environmental assessment of biomass production, biofuels, and bioenergy systems
  • Sustainability of food systems
  • North Star Initiative for Sustainable Enterprise (NiSE)

Housing Technology, Building Systems