Organic farming roundtable series offered this spring Friday, December 23, 2016Organic farming and food represent one of the major changes in the food industry over the past two decades. Why is organic food so popular, and how are farmers responding to this new demand? These are topics to be discussed in a roundtable series to be held Monday evenings on the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s East Campus.
Project aims to develop winter malting barley cultivars adapted to the Great Plains Thursday, December 22, 2016The Brewers Association has awarded four regional small grains breeders and geneticists with a grant to develop winter malting barley cultivars adapted to the Great Plains. The hope is to develop a new region for national malsters to purchase malting barley. Equally important it would also provide a local source for regional craft brewers. The goal is to bring barley production back to the lower Great Plains.
Project aims to boost global wheat yields Monday, December 19, 2016A University of Nebraska-Lincoln research team has earned a three-year grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to develop higher-yielding lines of hybrid wheat that can meet rising demand for the staple food crop. Nebraska's Stephen Baenziger, professor of agronomy and horticulture and Nebraska Wheat Growers presidential chair, will lead the project in conjunction with colleagues from Texas A&M University, Kansas State University and the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center.
Nebraska Extension to host crop production clinics in January Thursday, December 15, 2016
University of Nebraska-Lincoln crop production and pest management specialists have scheduled a series of crop production clinics across the state in January to provide the latest research-based information and recommendations for 2017. Topics will include soil fertility; soil water and irrigation; insect, disease and weed management; cropping systems; and agribusiness management and marketing.
Swedish Academy of Sciences honors Cassman Thursday, December 15, 2016
The Swedish Academy of Sciences has named University of Nebraska-Lincoln agronomist Kenneth Cassman the recipient of the 2017 Bertebos Prize for promoting education and research in the food chain. The Bertebos Prize is awarded by the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry and is sometimes referred to by scientists as Sweden’s “Nobel Prize in Agriculture.”
Duffy chosen for Western Nursery and Landscape Association Student Advisory Committee Wednesday, December 14, 2016University of Nebraska–Lincoln horticulture major Nathan Duffy has been selected for the Western Nursery and Landscape Association’s Student Advisory Committee. Duffy is one of ten top horticulture students in the Midwest to be invited to join the committee.
Study: Maximizing grain yields won't meet future African needs Tuesday, December 13, 2016Maximizing cereal crop yields in sub-Saharan Africa would still fail to meet the region’s skyrocketing grain demand by 2050, according to a new study from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln including researchers Kenneth Cassman and Patricio Grassini, Wageningen University and multiple African institutions.
New Nebraska Crop Management Conference Offers In-Depth Sessions Thursday, December 8, 2016
Nebraska Extension has a new offering in its winter line-up of programs for farmers and agribusiness seeking research updates and recommendations for Nebraska crop production. The Nebraska Crop Management Conference will be held Jan. 19-20 at the Younes Conference Center, 416 W. Talmadge Rd., in Kearney.