Current Endowed Chairs

Three people were appointed to the School of Agriculture Endowed Chair in Agricultural Systems for 2017.

Jean Mueller will work with Minnesota sheep producers to secure wool to be used in making Minnesota wool products starting with a blanket. This work will involve getting the wool cleaned, carded and made into yarn. Jean will also work to identify a company to make the blankets, and identify vendors who will sell the blankets. Additional research will identify cost analysis for production, distribution and marketing.

Tenure: 2017-2018

Teresa Opheim is Senior Fellow for Renewing the Countryside and for Practical Farmers of Iowa, focusing on farm transitions. She is a board member of Iroquois Valley Farms, a private company that works to get farmland to the next generation, and leads a USDA-funded conservation finance project for the company.

Teresa is the editor of The Future of Family Farms (University of Iowa Press 2016). She served as the Executive Director of Practical Farmers of Iowa (2006-2016) and has journalism and law degrees from the University of Iowa. Teresa and her family reside in Minneapolis.

More about the Farm Transitions work: www.sfa-mn.org/farm-transitions

Tenure: 2017-2018

Randel Hanson, University of Minnesota Duluth. Dr. Hanson and his team will create a long term plan for the institutionalization of the UMD Land Lab and SAP Farm, and complete a book on the Western Lake Superior Region’s food system.

Tenure: 2017-2018


To reach any of the Chair holders or for more information, please contact the MISA office: misamail@umn.edu, 612-625-8235 or toll free 800-909-MISA (6472).


411 Borlaug Hall
1991 Buford Circle
St. Paul, MN 55108

fax: 612-625-1268