DARREL MARTIN – Professor, UNL Biological Systems Engineering
Dr. Derrel Martin focuses on efficient irrigation, center pivot design, protecting groundwater quality, optimizing irrigation water use and assessing the impact of agricultural water use on watersheds. His talk will focus on water management factors affecting irrigated agricultural and some activities to enhance producer options for the changing environment.
KIM TODD – Associate Professor, UNL Agronomy & Horticulture
Kim Todd will talk about dynamic growing environments such as the Keim Courtyard, Backyard Farmer, and Evasco Gardens and how these can be used to educate the public about the fascinating and complex relationships between plants, soils, insects, diseases, wildlife and water. Technology will be highlighted that will further expand the reach of educators to a wider audience.
LISA DURSO – USDA-ARS Research Microbiologist
Dr. Lisa Durso is an ARS microbiologist and will discuss her work on “microbes in manure,” including antibiotic resistant bacteria. Topics will include the human health impacts of antibiotic use in food animals, a review of current research about naturally occurring resistance in the soil, and a call to collect baseline and control samples so that the impact of agricultural best management practices can be accurately determined.
ORVIN BONTRAGER – Servi-Tech, Aurora, Neb.
An overview of independent crop consultants’ duties with Nebraska crop production agriculture will be presented. Training interns, new employees, and the role of universities and the extension in preparing new professionals in the field of crop consulting and advising will be discussed.
ZELJKO JUKIC – Associate Professor, UNIZG FAZ
The Faculty of Agriculture at the University of Zagreb has programs at the undergraduate, masters, Ph.D., and postgraduate levels. The Department of Field Crops, Forage and Grasslands is one of the largest teaching and research departments, and has outreach programs with a business sector. Scientists from this department are involved in teaching in the undergraduate and postgraduate Plant Sciences and Agricultural Sciences programs. The department’s staff conducts research on agricultural mechanization, plant physiology, seed production and marketing of grain crops, forage and grassland management, and postharvest technology/preservation/storage of grain and forage crops. Dr. Zeljko Jukic will discuss his teaching efforts and research on utilization of agriculture products in the processing industry and postharvest technology.
T. SCOTT MURRELL – Director, North American Program, International Plant Nutrition Institute
Dr. T. Scott Murrell will present results from the first four years of a globally-distributed project that compares improved “ecological intensification” practices to current farmer practices. Maize grain yield and nitrogen-use efficiency will be discussed.
CHARLES SHAPIRO – Professor, Soil Scientist – Crop Nutrition, Haskell Agricultural Laboratory, UNL Agronomy & Horticulture
University of Nebraska phosphorus recommendations for corn have not changed much in over 30 years. Dr. Charles Shapiro will present what the Soil Fertility Team has discussed changing for recommendations.
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BETHANY JOHNSTON – Associate Extension Educator in the Central Sandhills Area, UNL Panhandle Research & Extension Center
Bethany Johnston will discuss the need for easy data collection methods, the basics of monitoring in a grazing system, and how to use GrassSnap to collect photo-monitoring data. A newer version of GrassSnap will be discussed for grasslands outside of Nebraska and for researchers collecting photo data in the field.
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PHILIP PARDEY – Professor of Applied Economics, Director of International Science and Technology Practice and Policy Center and Director of Global Research Strategy for the College of Food Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences and the Minnesota
Agricultural Experiment Station, University of Minnesota
Dr. Philip Pardey will present the results of a new approach to assessing the production, consumption and land-use prospects for global agriculture over the coming decades, highlighting the likely consequences of recent substantive changes in the global landscape for food and agricultural R&D.
STEVE MASON – Professor, UNL Agronomy & Horticulture
NORA D'CROZ-MASON – Adjunct Assistant Professor, UNL Agronomy & Horticulture
During the past 15 years CASNR has developed numerous international study tours to increase global awareness and experience for undergraduate students. The Department of Agronomy & Horticulture has provided leadership for study tours to Argentina, Australia, Ethiopia and Puerto Rico. This seminar will present a brief overview of these study tours, and then a more detailed presentation on the Argentina study tour.
BLAIR SIEGFRIED – Professor, UNL Department of Entomology
The Western corn rootworm causes in excess of $1 billion in yield loss and control expenditures annually. Managing Western corn rootworms is difficult because of their ability to evolve resistance. Blair Siegfried will present an overview of his research to understand resistance evolution in rootworms and describe recent developments in rootworm management technologies.
GARY HERGERT – Professor, UNL Panhandle Research & Extension Center, UNL Agronomy & Horticulture
Dr. Gary Hergert will discuss his current research and extension focus on soil and fertilizer management to improve crop production efficiency in western Nebraska.
ED CAHOON – Professor and Director of the Center for Plant Science Innovation, UNL Biochemistry Department
Dr. Ed Cahoon will describe his integrated research program to develop novel oil seeds for biofuel and industrial applications.