Board of Director: Brian Buhr
University of Minnesota, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences — Dean
Brian is the dean of the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) and director of the Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station. As dean of CFANS, Brian oversees the college’s administration and academics and works to advance the college as one of the world’s premier research and educational centers dedicated to agricultural and food productivity, biodiversity, forestry, and the preservation of natural resources. He also collaborates with key stakeholders to help address critical challenges in agriculture, food systems, and environmental and natural resources sciences. Brian is a professor of applied economics and became head of the applied economics department in 2008. His expertise is in commodity marketing, with an emphasis on livestock markets. He has worked extensively with commodity groups and industry on risk management, value-added marketing and the economic impacts of policy and technology. An Iowa native, he earned his bachelor’s degrees in animal science and agricultural business and Ph.D. in economics from Iowa State University.