Within the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, several Extension and outreach efforts exist. Many of these programs have received state, national and international recognition.
Nebraska Extension faculty and educators are part of disciplinary workgroups in Crop Improvement and Cropping Systems, Distance Education, Horticulture and Specialty Crops, Landscape Systems, Pesticide Safety & Education, Range, Pasture and Forages, Soils, Turfgrass Science and Weed Science.
Extension programs have been appropriate for meeting the immediate needs of Nebraska stakeholders. Extension faculty and educators work closely with check off commodity boards to solve real-world problems faced by Nebraska growers and ranchers. When the need for multidisciplinary collaboration arises, often linkages have been developed "as needed" rather than during the planning phase.
CropWatch, a central resource for University of Nebraska–Lincoln Extension information on crop production and pest management, is written by Extension educators and specialists in the University of Nebraska Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
The UNL Crop Variety and Hybrid Testing Program provides hybrid test results, hybrid test plots entry forms, seed guides and related publications.
Our distance education program has a strong focus on many different impactful areas of agronomic and horticultural research, including crop physiology and production, plant breeding and genetics, and range and forage sciences. We offer our master’s degree in agronomy and graduate certificates 100% online.Learn more
Our research in horticulture specialty crops includes agricultural practices for vegetables and flowers, controlled environments with both low and high tunnels and greenhouses, growing winter medicinal and culinary herbs and strawberries. and hops production. UNL’s Viticulture program strives to advance the knowledge, theory and application of grape and wine production.
Hosted by Kim Todd, the Backyard Farmer show is dedicated to helping find solutions to lawn and garden questions. Every year from spring to fall, a panel of experts, featuring faculty members from the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, deals with topics from insect pests and disease, turf, and fruits and vegetables, as well as landscape design and general horticulture topics.
The Nebraska Master Gardener program extends the outreach of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln by providing volunteers with research-based horticulture education, which prepares them to share their knowledge with the citizens of the state. Master Gardener volunteers are trained by Nebraska Extension faculty and staff. Terri James is the Nebraska Extension Master Gardener Coordinator.
The Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP) at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in concert with Extension Specialists, Extension Educators and Extension Assistants provides educational and training programs that address health, the environment, economic well-being and pesticide safety.Learn more
Research, teaching, and Extension programs in range, pasture and forage sciences at the University of Nebraska are committed to addressing the conservation and utilization of rangeland and forage resources.Learn more
Leading experts from the University of Nebraska provide the principles of soil management and provide research and Extension updates.
The turfgrass program is made up of experts in the areas of turfgrass breeding, weed science, plant physiology, entomology, and soil and water management. The goal is to provide pertinent research based information to turfgrass managers throughout the year and address agronomic issues as they come up across Nebraska, the Great Plains region, and the country.Learn more
Research and Extension programs in weed science occur at West Central Research, Extension and Education Center, Eastern Nebraska Reserach and Extension Center and Panhandle Research and Extension Center.