Worldwide Collaboration to Breed Better Dry Beans
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
On a recent warm, late-summer day, as many dry edible bean growers in Nebraska were watching their fields turn color and preparing for harvest, four scientists paced through a bean field north of Scottsbluff. This field, part of the research acreage at the University of Nebraska’s Panhandle Research and Extension Center, consists of hundreds of tiny plots, each one a different line or type of dry bean representing varieties from all over the world.
Department of Agronomy and Horticulture assistant professors Andrea Basche and Dirac Twidwell were recently included in the 2018 issue of Strategic Discussions for Nebraska. Titled “Science Literacy: Using Research-Based Facts To Make Real-World Decisions,” the publication highlights University of Nebraska–Lincoln scientists who use the best-available, data-driven technologies in their research.
Tai Pleasant joined the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture July 30 as an undergraduate recruiter. He is responsible for making sure prospective University of Nebraska–Lincoln students interested in the plant sciences are provided with all the information they need to make an informed decision about higher education.
Growers, crop consultants and educators are encouraged to attend the day-long Nebraska Extension Weed Science School Oct. 31 at the University of Nebraska’s Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center near Mead.
McKinzie Sutter joined the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture August 13 as a distance education specialist. She works to create and improve educational materials for students pursuing a degree or professional development online.
The public is invited to the Friends of Maxwell Arboretum's fall festival on Oct. 18. This annual, family-friendly event will take place from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Earl G. Maxwell Arboretum, near 38th and Holdrege streets on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's East Campus. Co-sponsors are the UNL Garden Friends and UNL Landscape Services.
Andrea Basche, University of Nebraska–Lincoln assistant professor of agronomy and horticulture, and Kristen DeAngelis, University of Massachusetts associate professor of microbiology, were guests on National Public Radio’s Science Friday Sept. 14 to discuss how climate change is impacting the soil.
Richard Ferguson has been named vice chancellor for the Rwanda Institute for Conservation Agriculture (RICA), effective Jan. 1, 2019. Opening in July 2019, the RICA is an English language institution dedicated to educating and inspiring a new generation of innovators in agriculture in Rwanda. Establishing the Institute is a joint effort of the Government of Rwanda and the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, with the University of Nebraska–Lincoln providing leadership in curriculum development and technical advising.
Soil Judging Team brings home gold
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Soil Judging Team dug right into the Region 5 Soil Judging Competition from Sept. 17 to 21 in Manhattan, Kansas, walking out covered in grit and quite a bit of glory, having beaten seven other teams for a first-place overall win, three individual awards and a third-place team finish.