Extension & Outreach

Stephen Gamet at Viticulture Field Day

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.

Extension Co-Coordinators

Amit Jhala

Amit Jhala

Extension Co-Coordinator
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Jerry Volesky

Jerry Volesky

Extension Co-Coordinator
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Crop Improvement and Cropping Systems

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.

Cody Creech

Cody Creech
Assistant Professor

Patricio Grassini

Patricio Grassini
Associate Professor

Dipak Santra

Dipak Santra
Associate Professor

Carlos Urrea

Carlos Urrea
Associate Professor

Haishun Yang

Haishun Yang
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR

Distance Education

Leah Sandall

Leah Sandall
DISTANCE EDUCATION COORDINATOR

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.

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Horticulture and Specialty Crops

Stacy Adams

Stacy Adams
Associate Professor of Practice

Paul Read

Paul Read
Professor

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.

Landscape Systems

Terri James

Terri James
Associate Extension Educator

Kim Todd

Kim Todd
Associate Professor

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.

Pesticide Safety and Education

Jennifer Weisbrod

Jennifer Weisbrod
Assistant Extension Educator

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.

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Range, Pasture and Forages

Daren Redfearn

Daren Redfearn
Associate Professor

Mitch Stephenson

Mitch Stephenson
Assistant Professor

Jerry Volesky

Jerry Volesky
Extension Co-Coordinator

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.

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Soil Science

Soil Science team is committed to providing Extension and educational programs in wide-ranging topics related to soil conservation, soil fertility management, and agricultural sustainability.

Javed Iqbal

Javed Iqbal
Assistant Professor

Bijesh Maharjan

Bijesh Maharjan
Assistant Professor

Laila Puntel

Laila Puntel
Assistant Professor

Turfgrass Science

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.

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Weed Science

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.

Amit Jhala

Amit Jhala
Associate Professor

Nevin Lawrence

Nevin Lawrence
Assistant Professor

Chris Proctor

Chris Proctor
Associate Extension Educator