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Foster and Wacker awarded 2016 Western Seed Association scholarships Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Kelsey Foster and Paige Wacker, University of Nebraska–Lincoln horticulture and agronomy majors respectively, were awarded 2016 Western Seed Association scholarships at the WSA Banquet in Kansas City on Nov. 7. The WSA scholarships are awarded based on scholarship and an interest in the seed industry.

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USDA Borlaug Fellows begin Nebraska stay Tuesday, December 6, 2016
USDA Borlaug Fellows
United States Department of Agriculture Foreign Ag Service Borlaug Fellows, Keziah Ndungu, of Kenya, and Prudence Lugendo, of Tanzania, arrived in September to begin their fellowship at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Their mentors are Professor Charles Wortmann, Department of Agronomy and Horticulture and Tsegaye Tadesse, research associate professor and climatologist in the School of Natural Resources with the National Drought Mitigation Center, respectively.

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Graduate students take top honors at annual meetings Thursday, December 1, 2016
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Leonardo Bastos, Madhav Bhatta, Joel Crowther, Manbir Kaur Rakkar and Michael Sindelar took top honors at the 2016 ASA, CSSA and SSSA International Annual Meeting competitions held Nov. 6–9 in Phoenix, Arizona. Bastos also took top honors at the 46th Annual North Central Extension Industry Soil Fertility Conference in Des Moines, Iowa on Nov. 2.

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Watch how a Nebraska team created a drone to fight wildfires: BTN LiveBIG Thursday, December 1, 2016
The Unmanned Aerial System for Firefighting (UAS-FF)
As drones become more commonplace for photography, researchers at Nebraska are looking at how this same technology can make it possible to save lives in the field of wildland firefighting. Through a collaboration with Nebraska’s NIMBUS Lab and its Department of Agronomy and Horticulture (as well as the U.S. Geological Survey), the team created a precision drone that removes humans from the dangerous work of prescribed burns used to control the type of vegetation most likely to fuel dangerous wildfires.

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Registration open for Nebraska Extension Master Gardener program Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Nebraska Extension is offering Master Gardener training throughout the state in 2017. The Nebraska EMG program is a horticulture-related volunteer training program based in many counties and has been part of Nebraska Extension since 1976. EMG class times, location and cost vary across the state, but are generally offered February through May. An application form is available on the Nebraska Extension Master Gardener Program website.

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Cassman among nation's most highly cited researchers Monday, November 28, 2016
Ken Cassman

Ken Cassman, emeriti professor of agronomy, was one of four University of Nebraska–Lincoln faculty named to the  Highly Cited Researchers 2016” list. Researchers on the list have generated papers that are in the top one percent of most cited works in their subject area and year of publication.

Full story at Nebraska Today


Nebraska professor instrumental in improving agroecology teaching methods Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Charles Francis
In 1998, Charles Francis, University of Nebraska–Lincoln professor of agronomy and horticulture, went on sabbatical leave to the Norwegian University of Life Sciences in Aas, Norway, to begin nearly two decades of working with the Agroecology Teaching Program in the Plant Sciences Department.

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Agronomy and Horticulture seminar videos available online Monday, November 21, 2016
The University of Nebraska–Lincoln Department of Agronomy and Horticulture fall seminar videos are now available online. Get up-to-date, expert advice and information from leading researchers, extension specialists and educators in the areas of agriculture, science and horticulture. Access previous seminars and view the schedule of upcoming speakers.

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Making the Most of Ethanol Monday, November 21, 2016
Daniel Schachtman
Daniel Schachtman, professor of agronomy and horticulture and director of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Center for Biotechnology, is leading a multi-institutional research effort to improve sorghum as a source for biofuel production.

Full story at SeedWorld


Horticulture student Hansen named winner in quick pitch competition Friday, November 18, 2016
Grace Hansen
Grace Hansen, a senior University of Nebraska–Lincoln horticulture major, was named a winner in the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Center for Entrepreneurship 3-2-1 Quick Pitch competition on Nov. 3. Hansen works with horticulture professor Ellen Paparozzi, growing and distilling basil oil.

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